For all my readers into crazy quilting, you will be pleased to hear that the Spring Issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly is out. I always enjoy browsing the magazine over a cup of coffee. As usual there are free patterns, tips on techniques and loads of eye candy. But, before I launch into sharing what is inside I want to let readers know that I am not affiliated with this magazine. However, in this issue Jerry (my husband) has written an article about the seam rippers he has been making.
This issue contains Mary Anne Richardson’ delightful crazy quilt birds worked from Cathy Shaw’s design. They are a bit different as a project and small enough to finish quickly. The pattern is in this issue of the magazine.
Renee Younger shares how she worked her Simple Heart Block. Renee has provided a pattern for the block and fully described how she embroidered it. For anyone who is new to Crazy quilting, do make a point of reading it, as Renee describes what she has done very clearly.
There are more projects in the Spring Issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly. Mary Anne Richardson illustrates how she took an orphan block and turned it into a sewing caddy. Janese Morris shares details on how she made her Crazy Quilt Bird and her Crazy Quilt Pumpkins. A pattern for her crazy quilt bird is included.
In each issue, there are always a few free patterns and printables. In this issue, there are vintage images with a Spring theme provided courtesy of Debbi Oeltjen. You can scan the page of images that are related to spring and print on commercial fabric sheets. Including items like this in a block can really add personality to it.
A timely free cross stitch design for a robin perched on an easter egg and a pattern for a heart border, also in cross stitch, is available free.
On the eye candy front, of course, there is an interview with the cover artist Margreet De Reus. I have always enjoyed her whimsical work. Another eye candy page features the work of Betty Pillsbury. Genevieve Tracey shares her experience with a round robin block that came back a bit different from what she expected. Kathy Billings shares her experience with the Crazy Quilt Journal Project challenge and discusses how she approached and developed her July block.
There is always a good spread of ideas in each issue. As I stated at the start of this article, I am not affiliated with this magazine and do not gain financially from this review.
The magazine is a magcloud print on demand publication or has the option of an e-publication. You can obtain it here.
Have you seen my Thread Twisties!
Experimenting with different threads can be expensive, as you would normally have to buy a whole skein of each type of thread. So I have made up my thread twisties which are a combination of different threads to use in creative hand embroidery. These enable you to try out stitching with something other than stranded cotton. For the price of just a few skeins, you can experiment with a bundle of threads of luscious colours and many different textures.
These are creative embroiders threads. With them, I hope to encourage you to experiment. Each Twistie is a thread bundle containing silk, cotton, rayon and wool. Threads range from extra fine (the same thickness as 1 strand of embroidery floss) to chunky couchable textured yarns. All threads have a soft and manageable drape so that twisting them around a needle makes experimental hand embroidery an interesting journey rather than a battle. Many are hand dyed by me. All are threads I use. You may find a similar thread twist but no two are identical.
You will find my thread twisties in the Pintangle shop here.