Friday, August 29, 2014

What I have been up to - picture intensive again

Mainly concentrating on the Crazy Quilt class with Kathy Shaw.  Am having a lot of fun and learning a lot!

Here is one of the blocks that has the most work done on it.

I have something planned for the upper right and lower right corners :)  Just have to wait until we get up to those lessons.  I had only done 1 partial block prior to taking the beginner class with Kathy a few months ago.  Now I have plans in the works for a few blocks once I am finished the classes.

Other than that I did take some time off and get caught up with the hexie BoM through Hexie BoM got 5 of the blocks finished this week.  April's block was partially done for awhile now I had just misplaced it then other things took precedence.  May - August were all done over the last few weeks.

Monday or later this afternoon will be working on my 2 local BoM's and get the August blocks done.

As you can see I always have so much on the go.  

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

W.I.P. 8-13-2014 - picture intensive post

I have been very busy this last week.

Finally got my hexie quilt top done.  It is packed away until I can get some of the tops sandwiched and quilted.

Got all of the kaleidoscope hexies made.  Am thinking of one round of black around each of them then not sure what color for the path but will be a single row.

Border pieces for the kaleidoscope

Here is my progress on my Crazy Quilt blocks from the Intermediate CQ class with Kathy Shaw.  Keep in mind that these are a work in progress.  The beginners class concentrated more on the seam treatments the intermediate is concentrating more of other elements that is why the seams are not embellished yet.

Am currently working on the frame around the silkie.

My very first web and spider.

My first monogram

Will be linking up with Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday , Esther Aliu's WoW and Linky Tuesday

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Pets on Qults - voting has begun

Here is where you make the post with your selection.

Here is where you find the entries.

Go check out the eye candy some of these quilts are spectacular.

My quilts are in category

1 - #58
4 - #57

While I would appreciate your votes, vote for your choices freely. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Redwork Course through Stitchmap

For info on Stitchmap please see the previous post or click on the Stitchmap button on my sidebar.

The Redwork Course starts with gathering of supplies and ends with some finished pattern weights and a bag to hold them.

Each stitch is described in detail with pictures and text (we covered 16 different stitches I think).

I learnt a few new stitches and relearned a few others (I was self taught through books and the internet).  You are taught to do the stitches like grandma would have.

Here is what I made during the course.

Pattern weights

Bag to hold the pattern weights.

All of the above designs were done during the course.  One of them was even redone as the first one had too many oopsies in it.  Like I said above I learnt a lot and had some fun doing it.

I would recommend stitchmap and this course to anyone interested in stitchery whether they are beginners or experts.

Stitchmap Info

I could never describe it as well as they have.  This is a direct copy from the yahoo group page.  It is a sharing of knowledge and they teach you like grandma would have.  Best of all it is FREE to join and all classes are FREE as well.

Group Description

StitchMAP is for individuals interested in having a Mentor to help them while learning new needlework techniques. Free courses and mentoring are offered in needle arts such as Crazy Quilting, Hardanger, Redwork, Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Surface Hand Embroidery, Brazilian Embroidery, Needlepoint, Quilting, Blackwork, Color Theory for Stitchers, Cross Stitch, and other Counted Thread techniques.

Member volunteers (Stash Angels) often provide small stash enhancement packages to Apprentices of our Mentors when needed. We also are able and willing to assist any other needle artist or charitable group who may be referred to us by members of StitchMAP. We just ask that they meet certain criteria as established by our guidelines.

StitchMAP membership is open to those who are committed to learning new needlework techniques and to those who would like to help others by assuring they begin their journey into the world of stitchery with the proper tools, knowledge,and materials. A membership questionnaire is sent to new members and must be returned before full membership privileges are granted.

We have Contests and Challenges. We do Swaps, needlework classes and LABS (Looking At Building Skills). You will find helpful Links to resources, tutorials, great hints and photos for inspiration.

The group blog is called K.N.A.S.S. (K-eeping N-eedlearts A-live by S-haring S-titches). Please visit and feel free to explore there too. The link to the blog is: .

Join the fun, make new friends, learn new stitching techniques while helping others along the way. There are NO FEES involved. Pay it forward by eventually becoming a Stash Angel or Mentor.

"When you get, give. When you learn, teach." ~Maya Angelou

Pets on Quilt Show - Part 2

Here is my second entry.

The little ham just had to be in the picture.  It looks like he is claiming this quilt.  Then again maybe it is the bed he is claiming?

This one will be in the Dog on Quilt Category.  Go check out the eye candy there will be some spectacular quilts there.

Pets on Quilt Show

Pets on Quilts

I am entering 2 quilts in the Pets on Quilts Show    If you love or even like pets go check out all of the eye candy.

I designed and machine appliqued this kennel quilt for Rusty sometime last year or the year before.  He won't leave it in his kennel during the summer the little stinker pulls it out.  Will have to wait and try again this fall and see what happens.  He does try to be gentle when pulling it though.

This will be in the Dog Themed Quilt Project category.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

What a chore that was.

I have been feeling overwhelmed a lot lately.  I was also spending too much time on bloglovin.  The final straw was when I went away for 3 days and came back to almost 1000 posts to catch up on.  So....I went through my follow list on bloglovin and cut 3/4 of the blogs from my list.  Some of these were great blogs just not what I was interested in anymore.

Now that I won't be spending so much time reading blogs that I "follow" I should have more time to blog.  Bear with me for another month or two and I should be able to start doing some tutorials etc.

I also want to start posting regularly again for WIP Wednesdays and posting some freebies again.  Just need to finish up a few things than will have more time.

Thank you for being so patient.