Crazy Quilt Quarterly Spring Issue is out

The Crazy Quilt Quarterly Spring Issue coverThe Crazy Quilt Quarterly Spring Issue is out so it’s time to curl up with a cuppa and indulge in a bit of eye candy and reading. Birds and birdlife is the theme for this issue with the cover artist being Allison Aller. As a quilter, teacher and author Allison Aller is well known and active in the CQ community. Allison Aller had a great knack of bringing modern techniques to contemporary crazy quilting.

The cover features a robbin sitting on a nest. Inside Allison Aller has generously described in text and photos how she made it covering what quilting traditions and techniques she  drew upon to create the bird and its environment.

Inspiration, tutorials and tips are throughout the magazine. Linda Hopkins has shared information on printing on silk. A Bead and Feather Butterfly project by Nina Burnsides looks fun to do and Linda Hopkins shares her process to create a Beaded Bird. For something different and crazy quilting with a modern twist Kathleen Klein shares how she made a steampunk peacock.

For a great piece of contemporary crazy quilting Angela Blackledge has shared an inspirational piece with her Heart Art Quilt. Pam Peugh shares another inspirational 12 block crazy quilt “ Bird Crazy” which was made as a round robbin project. There are some delightful birds on these blocks and I enjoyed ogling them.

Brenda Sandusky shows us how she tackled her Crazy Quilt Journal project of 2015 in Proud as a Peacock. Betty Pillsbury has shared images of her embroidered birds

Kathy Shaw has provided a free pattern and illustrated how it can be realised using different techniques. Throughout the magazine Pamela Kellog has sprinkled cross stitch designs that with the aid of waste canvas you can use in your crazy quilting. There are also vintage embroidery patterns with a bird theme.

The Crazy Quilt Quarterly Spring 2017 is a Magcloud publication and you can get it here. As a printed version which retails for 14.95 US and a digital version for $6.95.

I am not compensated for this review but I do have a professional relationship as I accept advertising for Crazy Quilt Quarterly in my side bar. In other words I get no kick back for this review.

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2017 Crazy quilt Calendar

Crazy quilt Calendar cover 2017Just a quick heads up the 2017 Crazy quilt Calendar is now available. The theme is My Secret Garden and Pam Kellogg and her team have done a good job of it. Basically it’s eye candy from 13 contemporary crazy quilters, one for each month. The 2017 Crazy Quilt Calendar is available via MagCloud. You can have it printed for $14.95 or buy a digital version for half that.

Crazy Quilt Quarterly coverThe other item you might want to see it also available on MagCloud.  After all the busy activity of the holiday season The Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine Winter 2016 is ideal unwind with, to put your feet up and simply indulge yourself. This 40 page edition  is full of  inspiration and eyecandy. Gather up your stitching supplies too, as there are tutorials to introduce you to new techniques. The magazine is liberally dotted with free embroidery designs, block patterns and projects and well worth the price. It is available in print and digital format so those with tablets can enjoy it at their stitching table too!

Please note I am not affiliated with the magazine – nor do I gain financially from this post.

Review – Crazy Quilt Quarterly Autumn edition

cover of cq quarterlyThe Crazy Quilt Quarterly Autumn edition 2016 is out. Although I am travelling it was a nice touch of home to curl up with my ipad and enjoy this edition.

Kathy Kizerian has written a very interesting article on Genealogy and Crazy quilting. This could not have struck a stronger cord since next year I want to start a quilt that tells a little of family and some of our history. One of the reasons we have been driving across Australia is delve a little deeper into the family stories and talk to older relatives. So this beginners article could not have been timed better for me.

Kathy made me laugh when she asked “Does your family have a black sheep? an Artist? a great cook? or woodworker?” Well, I thought to myself, so far still alive the family we have a musician, artist, a circus performer, a writer, and a chef and Jerry finished making a violin this year so I guess thats woodworking…  then further back we have a spy, a bigamist, a gambler, a cross dresser, musicians by the hand full, an actress and other side as if to compensate there is a couple of nuns and a few priests for good measure. To be honest that’s just the start. Let’s say there is more than a few colourful characters in our background but I am sure most families have some colourful personalities to remember. Kathy Kizerian’s suggestions also had me thinking about the format this project might take. This will help me immensely with my planing. Thanks Kathy!

I had thought in terms of possibly formatting our story as a fabric book so reading about Carol Kramer’s book “The Ladies” and their stories was really interesting.

Much of the Crazy Quilt Quarterly Autumn issue focuses on how to represent family history all of which gave me ideas about my own project next year. Mary Anne Richardson talks about how she used family photos in her project “All About Me”. There is a good overview and tutorial on printing your own images. Allison Aller has shared her quilt she made that featured military history. Margreet de Reus shares her project that focused on her mother, grand mother and great grandmother. Gina Wilson’s family memory quilt has a wonderful layout which really sparked some ideas in my head! Connie Eyberg family heritage quilt features many family homes and places of childhood. I really liked how she incorporated keys into the blocks! Pam Kellog shares her experiences of genealogy and her frustrations at uncovering hidden stories.

Features include tutorials, projects and patterns for small embroidery patterns that can be added to patches. Articles about crazy quilting from key teachers and authors provide inspiration and eye candy. In this edition we meet Gerry Krueger. I have always enjoyed her blog and her blocks so it was a great read. Beth Norris shares a tutorial for a crazy wool table mat and a pattern is supplied of mat which Phyllis Latham created. Another tutorial shares how Linda Hopkins added crochet edge hearts to the corners of her quilt.

This edition is cleaner less fussy layout which I found much easier to read. I liked the focus on the content rather than the decoration of the magazine. Crazy Quilt Quarterly Autumn edition is available from Magcloud, as printed version which retails for 14.95 US and a digital version for $6.95.

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