Sunday, August 20, 2017

Block #2 in The 2020 Crazy Quit Challenge

Block two is ready to be stitched and embellished to the ninth degree...I am looking forward to embellishing this block with stitch and beading this go round. Below is the finished block #1 after the backing fabric was added. There will be more stitched to this as the blocks are put together at a later date. I have ten more blocks cut out and ready to start stitching on. Each block will be completely hand stitched from start to finish. No machine work at all for these blocks. That is my personal challenge for this project. Now, lets get a cuppa and start stitching on block two!
I love how this block turned out...I do want to address something here though...I posted this block on a site and a comment was made that really irked me and it takes a lot to irritate me, but this comment did. Here is what the person wrote in the comments section "I love that you are doing all by hand. I wonder if the white piece might look better tea dyed to off set the starkness...just sayen" Those are her exact words...first if you cannot say something nice, don't leave a comment. Don't start out nice and then be critical. Secondly its not your block and you have no idea why the little doily was left white. Thirdly negative comments no matter how nicely couched are hurtful, so don't write them. I did comment back that the little doily was my grans, therefore I did not want to change the look of it. I know how stark it stands out against all the color. This is not my first experience with crazy quilting. I have been crazy quilting since the early 90's and have a great understanding of color and blending as I also come from a long line of artists. At the same time, this block holds special meaning with my nod to my gran. I don't need to tone down the starkness of the doily to fit in with the block. It fits perfectly on the block. Why would I want to change something that holds special meaning to me? I wouldn't. I did not ask for constructive criticism on this block. I did not ask for someone else's idea of perfect for my block. Yes, I could have put this on a white on white block or toned it down to blend better with the glorious color on the block, but then it would have changed the meaning of the doily. My gran was a prolific sane quilter and I am sure she would love this little nod to her. I inherited this doily when I was in my early 20's. I have kept it as pristine as the day it was given to me. No way was I going to change a precious item that was my grans. The white speaks of the starkness of loss that is inherent in all the colorful ways life interacts with us on a daily basis. My gran was a most lovely lady and loved us all with a very big heart. When she passed, she left a starkness in our lives that can never be filled by anyone else. As I said before, the white doily has meaning to me and I am fine with the starkness of the white on all the color. The only opinion that matters at the end of the day is mine anyhow. I just had to get this off my chest and as this has been a very hard day as today is my dads birthday and the first one since his death. And I am sure that the little nods that I put into this crazy quilt for those who have gone on will puzzle some people to no end. But, at the end of the day as long as I know why it is there and what the reasoning is behind it is all that matters. Oh, there will be more of these precious stark white doilies in this quilt, just so you know! :)

Thursday, August 17, 2017

New Crazy Quilt Challenge for 2020

This is the start of a new crazy quilt for a challenge that Sharon Boggin of  has put out for all those who love to crazy quilt. This is a long term project ending on Dec. 31, 2020. You can find all the details and guidelines about the challenge here: I have chosen to make hexagons for my project and will join them at a later date. I think this is very doable given the timeline involved. I will be keeping a stitching journal as well to document my progress as I work on each block. The challenge is to use 2020 different items on your crazy quilt. This can be fabrics, stitches, beads, buttons, laces, trims, motifs, silk ribbon embroidery etc. The goal is to have 2020 different items on your crazy quilt when completed. No duplicates of what you count. You can read more about the challenge on the above link.

Block #1                                      
Fabrics 5                                                       
lace 1
ric rac 1                                          
buttons 10                                                       
thread dmc x2strands= 2
perle cotton 7                                             
mini doily 1
leaf trim 1
backing fabric 1                                                                                       
seam treatments :
feather stitch
detatched chain stitch
french knots
pistil stitch 
straight stitch

Total Items this block: 29
Total Seam Treatments/Stitches: 8
Grand Total: 37

Off to a good start and am looking forward to making more throughout this challenge. I can only count the backing once as it will be the same for each block.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Boys

My sweetboys are enjoying a bit of sun between rain showers.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

More Baskets

I have four more baskets ready. I am enjoying these very much even though it has been a bit of time between stitching these. I now need to cut out more as I am out of baskets and backgrounds. This is truly going to be a scrappy basket quilt as I never know what background or basket fabric will be used. Trying to reduce some of my stash. Still working on the studio. Work came to a stop for a bit, but I am hoping to get the sanding finished and start to paint by next weekend. Then I have to decide what type of flooring I want. Decisions to be made for paint color as well. Have a great day and I hope you find some time to stitch.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

More Artist Book Pages....Photo Heavy Post

Another group of collages for my "Artist Book". I have really enjoyed the making of these and have already placed these inside the book itself.
This one has vintage lace as well as modern lace, which I think is a good mix for this collage. I also placed one of my lace and beaded toggle on this one.
This one has a bit of gingham, vintage lace and a bit of paper as well as a toggle.
This one has antique lace at the bottom along with mulberry paper, word fabric, broderie anglaise fabric and of course the beautiful lace motif that I have had forever and a day.
Again vintage lace, paper, broderie anglaise, a bit of scrim as well as a stitched feature with knots and weaving.
This one has paper scraps, lace broderie anglaise and a bit of fabric that I have had for ages.
A pull out page for my book, the back side
The front side of the pull out page
Another angle of the same little page
The page as it sits inside the book
Buttons and beads
A smaller book for the larger book. I used samples from another class I had taken with Karen for these pages. I love all those bullion loops.
This is a tiny card that I wrote a thought concerning my dad. I knew I had to place this in my book as it brings fond memories to mind.
How it looks closed for now
I still have 15 blank spaces that need to be filled at this point. I am working on those even as I take out time to write up this post.
Another view of the book
This is a page in progress at the moment

These are ready to go inside the book and I will place them inside sometime today. I am steadily working to fill all those empty spaces in my book. I am enjoying the process immensely and will be making more of these in the future. First to finish this one and then plan the next one. This has been one of my favorite classes that I have taken from Karen over the years. A great class with a great group of ladies. Have a great day.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Another micro mini "Artist Book" completed. I am really enjoying the making of these tiny books with pages loaded with vintage laces and fabrics. My plan is to eventually make a whole bowl full of these lovely books. I have also made a new page for the artist book I have been making for class. My main book is coming along nicely.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


My gardenia bush is in full bloom. The outside smells glorious and I just had to bring some inside to spread the joyful smell. My house smells so lovely right now with these beauties all through the house. I took my mom a teapot full of the blooms as well. My smaller bush is just beginning to bloom. This large bush is about 6ft around in size and is taller than me (I am 5'7 1/2") So I would say the bush is about 6ft in height. Huge is an understatement. The previous owners of this house must have really loved this bush to allow it to grow so big. I know I am in love with it and will be keeping it this size as well. You can smell it from the front porch or back area of the lawn. Just glorious!


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