TAST Catch up and Break Week

TAST2012logoTAST Catch up week

Last week, I said that TAST would have a catch-up week. Catch-up weeks are important. It is easy to fall a bit behind as we all have busy and full lives. What I hope to prevent is people slipping behind, then getting discouraged. TAST is meant to be fun and definitely not an added stressor in your life. I also believe that too much pressure on deadlines kills creativity.  The main aim of TAST, and the reason I run it, is that I love embroidery. I see it as a highly creative form of self-expression. I love to introduce people to embroidery, and show them how creative hand embroidery can be so I want to see everyone succeed.

So for this week if you are up to date with your homework, take a little a break. Everyone has other projects to work on – so relax and this is your chance to work on those!  For others who are in catch-up mode, this week gives you a little more time.


Have you seen my book?

holding my book in front of quilt

My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results  shares detailed practical methods about how to design and make a crazy quilt. From fabric choice, to balancing colour, texture and pattern, in order to balance and direct the eye around the block.  I cover how to stitch, build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim is to be practical and inspiring.


  1. Hi Sharon – thank you for your blog, your stitch dictionary, and your book. After time spent social distancing, making masks, and keeping safe, finishing some other projects, I am restarting my interest in crazy quilting and just wanted you to know how much all your resources mean to me. Every week I refer to your site for some reason! Thank you.
    I’ve come across some stitches shown mostly in you tube videos that are 3D. Have you seen any of these? Can you recommend any sources for these? Will you include these in your TAST? Also, I am going to start (yes start, LOL) my 2020 CQ challenge. So far I’ve bought my journal. I’m going to use the square blocks that you have available for downloading and find the instructions for constructing a block in your book very easy to follow. Thank you for all that you do. Hope all is well down under.

    Cassandra McGill
    1. Hi Cassandra thanks for such a lovely comment. Taking time to say you enjoy the site means a lot to me! As for raised and 3D stitches you will – as you have discovered – find them on You tube. Some are traditional stitches – some like drizzle stitch and cast on stitch I have in my stitch dictionary. They are also in my next book which will be out in November. But at the moment most of them are on You Tube.

  2. I’ve just downloaded the kindle edition of your book (don’t have to wait for the post) and it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for. I love the look of crazy quilting but just didn’t know where to start, your book explains everything so clearly with lots of tips on things I’m sure wouldn’t have occurred to me so avoiding some rookie errors. I haven’t read all of it yet but already I feel I can get started on something small and hopefully progress from there. Thank you I certainly feel inspired

    Chris Thomson
    1. Hi Chris thanks for your lovely comment – of course that is why I wrote the book. I am so pleased it has been useful for you. Are you aware of and have you joined the crazy quilting facebook groups? on facebook search for Crazy Quilt Divas and Crazy Quilt Divas as in those groups there are many people who will help you and give you tips etc myself included!


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