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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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.

Have a safe and happy holiday season

Christmas wishes graphicThis morning I want wish all my readers a safe and happy holiday season.

A free hand embroidery pattern.

I hope readers enjoy this pattern . You can outline the tree decorations in stem stitch or chain stitch and I have left plenty of spaces for beads and sequins if you want to add them. I came up with idea as I was looking for something simple and quick to put on a small gift bag but you could use it on a card too. Anyway I hope people enjoy it.

Many readers have noticed my revamped newsletter. I often give away a free pattern for my regular subscribers. I don’t pester people too much, but write every 2-4 weeks. In the process of creating these patterns, I have really enjoyed rediscovering my pleasure using Illustrator. They have been a lot of fun and I plan to continue sharing these.


Other free resources

If  you need to know how to work hand embroidery stitches, I have provided free,  12 Surface Stitches for Beginners. Follow the link for a direct PDF download.

There are also free modules in my stitchers worksheets which cover the basic stitches. They are free and none of my stuff asks you to subscribe to anything or join this or that, they are a simple give away. For more stitches can also visit my stitch dictionary

cq seams tutorial screenshot In this past year apart from running the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge, and giving away free crazy quilt block patterns from my I Dropped the Button Box Quilt I gave out a tutorial on how to work decorative crazy quilt seams. In case you missed it, here is the  download  and keep it as an ebook on a tablet, or print it out easily.

News of next year

As of January 9th I will have been writing this blog for 11 years a good 9 of those I was writing daily. Since an internet year is roughly 4.7 years to 1 normal year that means I have been writing this blog for the equivalent of 51.7 years.

An internet year is like a dog year and measured in terms of how fast technology and content changes compared to the non-digital world. So if you have ever felt that doing a particular task online involves a steep learning curve or got annoyed at things changing all the time, usually just as you have learnt to do something, then what you have suffered is the experience of internet time. Another way to compare it is a shop might do a renovation to freshen their look every decade or so whereas a website will revamp every 2 years or so.

After writing this blog for so long I feel in need of long service leave! Now don’t go in panic I will be back. The last decade of blogging has added so much to my life such as traveling to America to teach crazy quilting, it has provided me with an income online teaching which has been totally wonderful as I have worked from home doing something I love. Probably one of the most exciting things I have done is to design a product, get it manufactured and to sell it through my website. I can’t explain the thrill it is to imagine something, and then make it a real thing. Of course this ‘thing’ I am talking about is my crazy quilt templates.

I also plan to use my ‘break’ time to complete my book on crazy quilting. Readers will be pleased to know that the first draft is done, I have taken a heap of new photos for it. So with that eye candy sitting on my hard drive, the book project is well underway. Hopefully with not having the blog eating into my creative time achieving this gaol will be easier. I want cross a book on crazy quilting off my 2015 todo list.

There will be a few shifts and changes next year. As regular readers know In 2014 I wrapped up my online classes. I wanted to clear the decks for 2015 to be a year that allows me to be open to changes. I know that sounds like a lot of preparation to free myself up, but that sort of planning was needed. The idea is to take a break from online life, roll up my sleeves and complete the book, then look again at a lot of ideas I have and see what project is next.

I have plans to develop Tones and Tints in 2015 but not until after I have the book done. My interests have been shifting toward this direction for quite some time. So after deciding that restless mood of mine is not a whim and I will follow my instincts. The two areas will be kept separate. In 2015 I will have Pintangle for stitch related interests and Tones and Tints for drawing, paper arts and art/studio journalling. I am venturing more into both drawing and mixed media but more news about that next year.

That is enough of the babble from me. From my home to yours, wherever you are, no matter what faith my best wishes and thoughts of the season. And for all my readers I hope all your needles are easily threaded, your floss stays knot and tangle free.

See you next year!