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.

I do not get compensated in any way for this review but we do have a professional relationship as I accept advertising for Crazy Quilt Quarterly which is displayed in my side bar.

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 for crazy quilters

using Sharon B's CQ StencilsMy templates for crazy quilters are designed with other stitchers 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 Crazy Quilt Templates

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

dove from Crazy Quilt Templates set 2

Fall issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly

Crazy Quilt Quarterly coverCrazy Quilt Quarterly is a e-magazine produced by Pam Kellogg of Kitty and Me. The latest issue was released a few day ago. It is a 40 page, eye candy rich publication that contains, interviews with crazy quilters, patterns, tips and tutorials.

What is inside the magazine? There are some hexagon patterns that are pieced using the sew and flip method and Betty Pillsbury has provided a pattern for block embellishment. An interview with Kathleen McConnell makes for interesting reading. There is an article in ongoing series written for beginners that introducing using the basic hand embroidery stitches.

There is an autumnal theme throughout the issue with Pam Kellog providing a blackwork Maple Leaf pattern and a cross stitch pumpkin that you can stitch on a block with the aide of use waste canvas. Linda Dean has also provided a pattern of a leaf that is highly suitable for any fall themed block and Rowena Light has written a tutorial on making some autumn leaves using Lutradur, sheer polyester organza and metallic fabric. Lisa Boni has a tutorial on crating a 3D pumpkin.

A spider and web on crazy quilt block is supposed to bring good luck. This tradition dates back to the Victorian era and I have always enjoyed adding them to a quilt. After years of following this tradition, adding a single spider has developed into also including all sorts of bugs and critters on a crazy quilt block particularly if it has garden theme. I am always looking for ideas on how to stitch interesting spiders in their webs. There are some wonderful examples in this issue and tips on making interesting spiders. As Critters go however, Gerry Kruger’s Chipmunk, rodent, bunny creative adaptions made me smile. I also liked Kathy Shaw’s pattern for a fox

Another article that will be of interest as everyone seems to be discovering the pleasure of shibori ribbon is a piece by Brenda Sandusky who has described how she incorporates using Shibori ribbon on a crazy quilt block. Also for those who collect sewing tools there is an article All about Thimbles.

The Fall issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly also features some of my blocks. I am not affiliated with the publication in any way, nor do I gain financially from reviewing it.