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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Crazy Quilt Quarterly Summer edition is out

Crazy Quilt Quarterly Summer edition 2016coverThe Crazy Quilt Quarterly Summer edition 2016 is out. Although our northern hemisphere crazy quilt sisters are getting ready for summer, downunder our weather is turning into an Aussie winter. So I curled up with my ipad and enjoyed this edition.

Articles about crazy quilting from key teachers and authors provide inspiration and eye candy. These articles are interspersed with tutorials and patterns.

Kathleen Klein has written a step by step illustrated tutorial on making a beaded butterfly. The article does not give us the finished dimensions of the butterfly but it looks to be small enough to sit on any spring or summer crazy quilt block.

Crazy quilters are always looking for new techniques and innovative ways to use supplies. This issue has an article on ric rac which suggests different ways to use it. Technique tips are not left out as there is a good demonstration of how to print a pattern on tissue paper.

Pam Kellog has also published a pattern for a crazy quilt cat. At first I thought these would make great pin cushions and a nice gift for a fellow crazy quilter but I am not sure I could stab a cat with pins! So for me, they will have to remain a doll like object I think.

Another three patterns in the hexagon block series is available in this issue and some charted seam treatments and some floral cross stitch borders that are designed to be used with 10ct waste canvas.

On cotton fabric you can print out a design of a ballerina by Kathy Shaw. Kathy suggests you adorn her by adding a skirt to the ballerinas costume turning her into 3D project for your crazy quilt blocks.

Features include large and small projects. Victorian Ladies Crazy Quilt by Connie Kalina made from a Crazy Quilting International round robin has an unusual set and I enjoyed the story behind each woman.

Winged Pansy Patch by Genevieve Tracy won a Best of Show Award. Genevieve gave herself the challenge of embellishing her seams with different beaded patterns and beaded stitches.It was interesting to see close up details of her bead work.

Other projects are Art Bras by Angela Grasse, a quilt by Dorothy Ruddling titled a Labour of Love and a Crazy Quilt Wedding bag by Janis Stoker. Also the reader submissions never fail to delight or give me a dose of inspiration over my morning cuppa.

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Crazy Quilt Quarterly Summer 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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Stitchers Templates

using Sharon B's CQ StencilsMy stitchers templates are designed with other embroiderers and crazy quilters in mind. I 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 and decorate you crazy quilt patches 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. To use them position the template in place and, holding it firmly with one hand, so that it does not shift, use a quilter’s pencil to trace along the edge of the template to create a pattern. You can stitch along this line to decorate the seam.

using my Crazy Quilt Templates set 2

There are also a number of different curved lines that allow you to create many organic type hand embroidery designs. They are ideal for floral sprays. The curved lines can also be used them to create frames and other types of flourishes on your work.

Templates fro crazy quilters ebook pageTo  show how each set of  templates could be used, I have a free ebook of patterns to accompany each set. Using the shapes found on the edge of each stencil you can create numerous seam embellishments.

TO ORDER your Stitchers Templates

Stitchers Templates set 1 you will find here 
Stitchers Templates set 2 you will find here 

dove from Crazy Quilt Templates set 2