If you enjoy crazy quilting and contemporary embroidery, heads up — as the Summer Issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly is out.
This issue is a bit different as there are the usual patterns tips etc that relate to crazy quilting but there is also a good portion of the magazine highlighting artists who work with contemporary embroidery and quilting. I liked the new mix. So it is time to make a cuppa and enjoy browsing for ideas. As usual, there are free patterns, tips on techniques and loads of eye candy. Before I launch into sharing what is inside I want to let readers know that I am not affiliated with this magazine.
This issue contains many new artists who express themselves with fabric. Cover artist, Margaret Tuite, describes her adventures in free motion embroidery.
My family sometimes laugh at me, as I have started washing out any plastic bag and re-using it as I am concerned with the quantity and spread of plastics in our environment, so it was with interest I read about Anne Baughan’s quilt Troubled Waters.
I enjoyed reading about the work of mixed media fabric artist Julie Brand, of Tigley Textiles, who works with imagery of landscapes and nature related subjects.
Another article that fascinated me, is on Pat Winter’s Snippit rolls. I have recently stumbled across “story rolls” on Pinterest so this fed my interest in this trend. Regular readers will know my own long-held interest in band samplers which are similar to such rolls (you can read more about my stitched roll here).
Another growing interest is in the ‘slow stitching’ movement. This has particularly been the case since walking 500 miles across Spain on the Camino de Santiago. I once had a reader ask me if my stitching had changed since walking, and I could not really point to a noticeable change, but my stitching philosophy has aligned itself more to slow stitching. Needless to say, Stephanie Novatski’s piece on slow stitching reminded me to stop, slow down and boost creativity in the process.
Shirl Hubbs shares her needlework story and the influence her father had on her. Janese Morris shares another CQ toy, this time a CQ kitten! Mary Anne Richardson shares a couple of practical solutions to use those orphaned CQ blocks
Also on the crazy quilting front, Kathy Billings shares her Nativity quilt. Kathy Billings was also interviewed about her 2020 challenge piece. (If you want to find out more about the 2020 challenge you can read the 2020 challenge guidelines here ) As usual, Pam Kellog throughout the magazine tucks free patterns for seam embellishments and cross-stitch borders
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 Stitchers Templates?
As someone who loves crazy quilting and embroidery, I designed these templates with other stitchers in mind. With my templates, you can create hundreds of different patterns to apply to your stitching and crazy quilting projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily, and they fit compactly in your sewing box.
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