Crazy quilting discussion lists:

After my previous post I thought that some people might like links to the discussion lists that deal with crazy quilting. Lists such as these are informal and educational. You can learn a heck of lot about piecing and embellishing as there are many knowledgeable members that share their experience. If you live in Australia or New Zealand you will probably enjoy southerncrosscrazies. The two large global lists are CQembellishers which is associated with Yahoo groups and the oldest list is Crazy Quilt which you subscribe to via the Quiltropolis site. All are great, welcome beginners and old hands alike. I have enjoyed many a giggle, learnt many a trick and had many hours pleasure from them over the years.

A Sixty Year UFO

We all have UFO’s (un-finished objects) and sometimes I get guilty about the various projects I have tucked in my cupboards. I write lists, notes to myself and try various methods to finish them off. I am not too bad most things I start I do complete, it’s just sometimes it may take a while. A dear friend of mine described me as a finisher so I guess I should not be too harsh on myself.

I found the story of this crazy quilt begun by EJ Phillips in the 1870 and finished 1930. Now that has to be the longest a project has been on hold that I have heard of  so I don’t feel so bad.

Crazy Quilters Newsletter

This week I received my latest issue of the Crazy Quilters Newsletter. This zine is a specialist publication for textile practitioners who are interested in crazy quilting. The sole focus is on crazy quilting with heaps of information about embellishment techniques.

As of last issue the Crazy Quilters Newsletter comes in a CD format which most subscribers seem to like. CD format means that extra images which are of better quality are published with each issue and although I read most of my issue on screen you can print it out ? or print out parts of it to read.

Apart from better quality images, one big plus for me is that, this format means I can print out pages and stick them into my visual journal. When the Crazy Quilters Newsletter was a print format publication pasting in any articles of interest would have involved chopping up the newsletter, so I didn’t take to it with my scissors. Now I can keep the issue in tact on CD and chop up bits. The other advantage is that all links are ‘hot’ in other words all you have to do is click to go to the site referenced. Also producing this publication on CD means that there is plenty of room for eye candy which if published in print costs would have been too prohibitive to include such a feast. So for me this mix of print and digital is the best of both worlds.

To find out details of what is in the latest issue simply visit the Crazy Quilters Newsletter