This is a quick heads-up for readers who are interesting in Crazy Quilting, that the Winter 2019 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly has been released. I am not affiliated with this magazine and do not gain financially from this review.
It always feels strange to me that as we are entering our summer that the northern hemisphere is entering winter. So today I settled back to enjoy the magazine on a warm spring day of 32 C (89.6 F). It will, of course, get hotter during our Australian summer but at the moment I am enjoying getting back into my 2020 challenge blocks, so the arrival of this issue could not have come at a better time. As usual, there is lots of eye candy and plenty of ideas to keep anyone busy with holiday stitching.
The cover artist is fellow Aussie, Suzy Quaife. Suzy’s love of rich, exotic, vintage, eco-dyed and textured fabrics lead her to explore a mix of fabric collage and mixed media. I have always seen as a form of contemporary fabric art as the daughter of crazy quilting simply because of the philosophy that embraces no rules, many fabrics, to create texture.
Of course, I really enjoyed reading the 2020 Challenge interview with Viv Garforth. Viv’s quilt will be 2 metres by 3 metres and made of 2020 pieces of fabrics! She is counting just the patches, not the stitched seams, laces, trims, buttons etc. I have been watching this quilt develop with interest as I have often thought of making a whole quilt style crazy quilt as opposed to blocks which are then joined. Viv Garforth is a master with needle and thread and has approached the construction of this quilt the way I would. Vivian has worked each part in sections then joined the quilt together. It was interesting to read her interview and see its progress.
Susan Sato’s Living Crazy Quilt is also a fabric collage technique that does not involve embroidery. Pamela Cowan shares the story of her first crazy quilt and Heather Mantz shares 2 prize-winning crazy quilts. I really enjoyed the theme, stitching skill and research that went into Connie Eyberg’s 20th Century Fashion Crazy Quilt. Donna Vitale shares an antique crazy quilt circa 1890-1900. Many of the patches have detailed intricate hand embroidery work. Shirlee Fassell writes about her recent Crazy Quilt Retreat experience and how the retreat challenge pushed her in an interesting direction.
Mary Anne Richardson shares her Snippet Needle Roll is a smaller project ideal as a beginner or stash-busting project. Throughout the issue are is a selection of Pamela Kellog’s free designs and ideas for seams and motifs. As usual, the readers’ submissions are always interesting to see.
The Winter 2019 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly is available via Magcloud. Also available is a 2020 Crazy Quilt Calendar This is also published by Pam Kellog.
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.