The Spring 2018 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly is out

Crazy Quilt Quarterly Spring 2018 coverThis is a heads up for all my readers out there who are interested in Crazy Quilting. Just a quick note to let you know that the Spring 2018 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly is out. First up however I want to point out that I am not affiliated with this magazine and do not gain financially from this review.

Gradually over the last few issues the page layout of this publication has changed. As you can see in the few screenshots featured Crazy Quilt Quarterly under the guidance of Pamela Kellogg has moved away from the cluttered scrapbook style page decorations and now has a cleaner modern look and feel. I find it much easier to read when the work is featured against a clean background. Often crazy quilting is visually complex enough without adding more page decoration!

This issue has too much in it, to review every single article, so I will touch on a few highlights. Featuring cover artist is Karen Guthrie inside also holds some delicious eye candy from Betty Pillsbury, Nina Burnsides and Genevieve Tracey.

I really enjoy the contemporary work of Fiona Price. In this issue Fiona describes here textile experiment “Woodland Solace” that is made with hand dyed fabric scraps, lace and Lutradur. Fiona builds here interestingly textured surfaces from all sorts of fabrics even old dish cloths and packaging that she then dyes. After adding these to a foundation she then builds further with embroidery beads. Her work is delicious and I really enjoyed reading about her process.

Crazy Quilt Quarterly Spring 2018 pageEveryone loves stories and I delighted in the article from Karen Anthonisen Finch about Arpillera Storytelling Quilts – A South American Tradition. I have always enjoyed the playful folk art of these textile traditions.

As usual this issue is full of tutorials for various projects such as Florence Martin’s Crazy Patch Tin,and something different in the form of tutorial on a crazy patch window valence from Mary Anne Richardson. For those who like 3D projects Kathy Shaw has shared both pattern and directions on how she makes her Muse Doll. Brenda Sandusky has shared how she makes Christmas ornaments (some ideas there to tuck away for the end of the year)

Crazy Quilt Quarterly Spring 2018 is available here via MagCloud as I said at the start of the article I am not affiliated with this magazine and do not gain financially from this review I just think its a good issue and like the modern direction Pam Kellogg is taking the publication in.

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2020 crazy quilt block 6

2020 crazy quilt block 6This is my block 6 in the 2020 Challenge. Finished and bound, this hexagon has 4-inch sides and is 8 inches across from point-to-point.

For those readers who have not yet come across the 2020 challenge, the aim is to stitch a crazy quilt using 2,020 different items to mark the year 2020. You will find the guidelines, information, and a list of free resources here. I figure this is a slow and enjoyable project as I have a couple of years to complete it!

2020 crazy quilt block 6 unembellishedMeanwhile, this was my starting point. I used 5 pieces of fabric in the unembellished block. During the piecing process, I also added two pieces of lace and the cut doily.

2020 crazy quilt block 6 patternAs usual, here is the basic pattern of my 2020 crazy quilt block 6, for those who want to use it.

Details on my 2020 crazy quilt block 6

The first photograph illustrates two details on the block. The first is a lace motif in the shape of a butterfly.
2020 crazy quilt block 6detail 1Using my stitcher’s templates, I traced out the curving stems of the flower motif. I worked Portuguese Stem Stitch using a hand-dyed cotton thread the same thickness as cotton perle #5. The flower designs are lace flower motifs, that I also hand-dyed. I tacked them in place, then secured them using 2 Bullion Knot (previously counted on block 1) – worked in a hand-dyed cotton perle #8.

2020 crazy quilt block 6 detail 2I covered the seam of piece 4 with a piece of hand dyed lace. It came from the same dye bath of the butterfly in the first photograph. After attaching this lace with small stitches I then added blue violet cats eye 3-4 mm beads.

2020 crazy quilt block 6 detail 3The other piece of lace that you can see on the block was also in the same dye bath as the butterfly and lace. I used back stitch in the holes along the zigzag edge using a lilac coloured chainette metallic thread. Sorry, I don’t know the brand – I picked it up somewhere in my travels or bargain hunting and it no longer has a label. After I had back stitched the edge, I then used my stitcher’s templates to mark out the curves before stitching them in Stem stitch (counted on block 1) using a mauve buttonhole twist silk thread. I then added the blue novelty flower beads.

2020 crazy quilt block 6 detail 4At the base of my 2020 crazy quilt block 6, I decorated the doily with bullion knots (already counted on block 3), straight stitches and seed beads. In the holes of the doily, I added pale blue cats eye 3-4 mm beads. I then added a lace motif that I call a flourish. It is cut from a much larger motif that was hand-dyed. I secured it to the block using regular sewing thread. And then I added the two pale blue flower shaped glass beads.

2020 crazy quilt block 6 detail 5The last detail on my 2020 crazy quilt block 6, is a simple line of Detached Chain Stitch (previously counted on block 1), worked in sets of three. I added straight stitches between the detached chain stitches and topped them with seed beads. The detached chain stitches are worked in the same hand-dyed cotton perle #8 as the bullion knots on the flowers in the first detail photograph. The lace butterfly was secured with small stitches and seed beads

Count on 2020 crazy quilt block 6

Seed beads are not counted, and there are no buttons on this block – I don’t think I have made a block without buttons so this is a bit unusual!

  • Fabrics: 5
  • Lace and doilies: 3
  • Lace motifs: 4, comprising Lace flourish, flowers and 2 butterflies
  • Beads: 4 blue-violet cats eye 3-4 mm beads, blue novelty flower beads, pale blue cats eye 3-4 mm beads, pale blue flower glass beads
  • Threads: 4 – hand-dyed cotton (unknown), hand-dyed cotton perle #8, lilac coloured chainette metallic, mauve buttonhole twist silk thread
  • Stitches: 2 Backstitch, Portuguese stem

Total 22
Previous tally 142

Total of items to date for the 2020 challenge is 164!

I hope you have enjoyed reading about my 2020 crazy quilt block 6. The aim is to make a crazy quilt using 2020 different items by the end of the year 2020. If you want to find out more about the challenge. You will find the guidelines and list of resources here 

Have you seen my book?

holding my book in front of quilt

My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results detailed practical methods about how to design and make a crazy quilt. I cover everything from fabric choice, to balancing colour, texture and pattern, in order to balance and direct the eye around the block.  I reveal how to stitch, and build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim is to be practical and inspiring.

My Crazy quilters templates

My templates for crazy quilters aim to help you take your stitching to the next level.With my templates, you are able to create hundreds of different hand embroidery patterns to embellish your seams with flair. These templates are easy to use, made of clear plastic so you can position them easily and are compact in your sewing box.

using my Crazy Quilt Templates set 2These are simple to use. You simply position the template in place and use a quilter’s pencil to trace along the edge of the template. Stitch along this line to decorate the seam. I have a free ebook of patterns to accompany each set which illustrates how they can be used.

TO ORDER your Crazy Quilt Templates

Crazy Quilt Templates set 1 you will find here 
Crazy Quilt Templates set 2 you will find here 

2020 crazy quilt block 5

It’s time to share my next block in the 2020 challenge. Here is my 2020 crazy quilt block 5. The hexagon, when finished and bound, has 4-inch sides and is 8 inches from point to point across.

2020 crazy quilt block 5For those readers who have not yet come across the 2020 challenge,  the aim is to stitch a crazy quilt using 2,020 different items to mark the year 2020. You will find the guidelines, information and a list of free resources here.

Meanwhile, back to my starting point for 2020 crazy quilt block 5.

2020 crazy quilt block 5 unembellished

I only used 4 pieces of fabric and 1 piece of hand dyed lace on this block. As I was piecing it, I included some prairie-points made from 1-inch-wide satin ribbon. The ends were tucked into the seam joining pieces 1 and 2.

Here is the pattern for those who want to use it:

2020 crazy quilt block 5 pattern

Details on my 2020 crazy quilt block 5

The first photograph illustrates two details on the block.

2020 crazy quilt block 5 detail 1 The first detail covers the seam that runs between piece 3 and the first 2 pieces on the block. I used my templates to mark the curves and then worked Stem stitch (counted on block 1) using a hand-dyed cotton perle #5. I added Oyster stitch worked in the same thread, along the lines.  After that, I added some straight stitches to the top in a pinkish Metallic Kreinik Fine Braid (sorry I don’t have the shade number as the label has fallen off) and pale blue cotton perle #12. I topped these with a small seed bead. The flower shapes are made of Preciosa Pips which are Czech glass beads in a pale rose copper colour. I arranged them in whole or part circles so they looked like flowers. In the middle, I used some small glass beads that are flower shaped but have a bit of shank so they sit in the middle well.

2020 crazy quilt block 5 detail 2The next seam is decorated with a  line of Triangular buttonhole stitch worked in the same fine pale blue cotton perle #12. I topped these with a small blue seed bead.

I then used six flower shaped buttons to form a herbaceous border of flowers. The stems are worked in silk ribbon that has been hand-dyed. I used Stem stitch (counted on block 1) and Leaf Stitch (counted on Block 4 and can be found on page 133 of my book). This row was fun and quick to do!

2020 crazy quilt block 5 detail 3The next crazy quilt detail here, is the seam that runs the length of the block along piece 4. I attached some hand dyed lace before beading the edge. The curves were created using my templates and marked using a dissolvable pen. The chain stitch covered the marking. To work these lines I used a hand dyed silk thread that is the same thickness as cotton perle #8 thread. I then tucked some Detached Chain stitches (counted on block 1) into the corners and added the camio last.

Count on 2020 crazy quilt block 5

Seed beads are not counted

Fabric: 4
Lace and ribbon: 2
Buttons: 6 Vintage buttons
Novelty beads: 2 Preciosa Pips Czech glass beads pale rose copper colour, small glass flower shaped novelty beads.
Charms: 1 camio
Specialty threads:  4 Metallic Kreinik Fine Braid, 4mm hand dyed silk ribbon,  hand dyed cotton perle #5, hand dyed cotton perle #5, pale blue cotton perle #12
Stitches: 3 new stitches  which are Triangular buttonhole stitchchain stitch , Oyster stitch

Total 22
Previous tally 120

Total of items to date 142

I hope you have enjoyed seeing what I have done on the fifth block of my 2020 crazy quilt. Feel free to ask questions or simply leave a comment.

If you want to join the challenge the guidelines are here and the admins on the big Facebook groups Crazy Quilt Divas and Crazy Quilt International  are happy to see people share their work there. So follow the links and join the groups if you are Facebook person.  For those who have blogs, you can leave your web address in the comments – each week as you progress. Instagram people can use #2020crazyquilt to share progress photos.

Have you seen my book?

holding my book in front of quilt

My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results  shares detailed practical methods about how to design and make a crazy quilt. From fabric choice, to balancing colour, texture and pattern, to direct the eye around the block.  I also cover how to stitch, build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim was to be practical and inspiring.

My Crazy quilters templates

My templates for crazy quilters aim to help you take your stitching to the next level. With my templates you are able to create hundreds of different hand embroidery patterns to embellish your seams  with flair. These templates are easy to use, made of clear plastic so you can position them easily and are compact in your sewing box.

using my Crazy Quilt Templates set 2These are simple to use. You simply position the template in place and use a quilter’s pencil to trace along the edge of the template. Stitch along this line to decorate the seam. I have a free ebook of patterns to accompany each set which illustrates how they can be used.

TO ORDER your Crazy Quilt Templates

Crazy Quilt Templates set 1 you will find here 
Crazy Quilt Templates set 2 you will find here 

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