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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Loads Of Finishes To Share!

I spent yesterday afternoon running my sewing machine and finishing up a bunch of my crazy quilt projects.  It always feels so good to complete things, doesn't it?

These are my most recent Crazy Quilt Hanging Pillows:

I used Vintage Handkerchiefs for the focal point on all of these.  With Flea Market season coming, I thought I'd better use some of the things I picked up last year!

And these 2 little Crazy Quilt Cat Dolls are a Custom Order:

I started stitching on a little gift for my aunt for Mother's Day so I'll photos of that soon.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Advertisement Space In 2015 Crazy Quilt Calendar

I'm working on the 2015 Crazy Quilt Calendar.  Blocks are already coming in and wow!  Gorgeous eye candy!!!!!  As soon as I have everyone's blocks, I will announce the artists who have contributed their work to help promote crazy quilting!

I will be advertising the calendar in a needlework trade magazine which should help to get it into retail needlework stores.

I have 6 advertisement spaces available in the calendar.  If anyone owns an online store such as an Etsy shop and sells supplies and embellishments for crazy quilting or handmade crazy quilt items, or if you teach online crazy quilt classes, please email me to reserve your space.  The ad size is 3 1/2 X 2 inches. 300 dpi JPEG. Spaces are $40.00 each and available on a first come first serve basis.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Happy Birthday Cotton!

I can't believe that my precious little Cottonball turned a year old on Friday.

Don't be fooled by the white fur and sweet face!  He's a handful!!!  But he's sweet and very agreeable!

I finished up my Happy Birthday Crazy Quilt Door Hanger:

I have a few things now that need assembling so I'll have to take a day this week and get everything caught up.

Hope you're all have a nice Sunday.  I have chocolate cupcakes in the oven, Cubs baseball playing on the TV (yes, they're losing to St. Louis, again) and laundry going.  It's time to go relax and stitch.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Marathon Sewing Day

I spent all day yesterday piecing new projects to stitch on.  I must have put a good couple of miles on my Treadle Machine because I ran it from 9 am to 7:30 pm.  I pieced everything from purses, to hearts, dolls and pillows.  I like to have a pile of things to choose from and I like a few extra things in my stash drawer, all ready to stitch on in case I don't have time to pull everything out and sew.  I don't have a sewing room (at this moment, I hope to change that) so when I pull things out, I have to put everything away when I'm done.

Before I share a few of my pieced blocks, I finished up this little cat doll for a friend:

I just packaged this up and will mail it tomorrow.

I've also been working on my Happy Birthday Hanging Pillow:

I'll be stitching on this some more later today.

Okay, now for my pieced blocks.  Well, some of them:

This is just a small sampling of pieced blocks from my marathon sewing day yesterday.  I may take another day next week and sew up some more things.  I love running that antique Singer machine!

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

April Showers Bring May Flowers

We just had one of those little April showers.  You know, the kind that pops up out of nowhere, rains for a few minutes and stops.  Well, better rain than snow, right?

I started stitching on another little project that I pieced last week.  This is a Happy Birthday Door Hanger:

The center is from a vintage hankie that I picked up at a Flea Market last Summer.  I don't find them too often but when I do, I buy them.  I just started on this earlier today and I'm off to stitch some more until Scott gets home.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Small Crazy Quilt Blocks

What a nice day today!  Sunny and in the 50's I think.  My daffodils and tulips are starting to peek out of the ground and there are tons of buds on my Magnolia tree!  I sat on my beloved deck for a few minutes yesterday and again this morning for a short time.  DH is going to grill this evening.  The good weather is here! 

I have Cubs baseball on in the other room.  Okay, don't laugh but I love the Chicago Cubs.  They lost to the Phillies the last 2 games but last time I was in the living room, they were winning 4 - 1 in the 5th.  Oh Baseball - the sound of Summer!

I've been stitching on a couple of small Crazy Quilt blocks.  These are both ready to sew together:

Yes, the blue one is a heart.  I finished it up this morning.  If all goes as planned, I'd like to sew up some more purses pieces tomorrow.  I have another friend who need a hug so I'm going to stitch up a quick little cat doll next.  I hope she likes purple.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Yellow Rose Block

I feel like I'm in slow motion on this Yellow Rose Block:

I'm sure I'll have this done later this afternoon.  It's a cloudy, dreary day here.  Damp and cold so I'll just to stitch the rest of the day.  Oh, and do laundry.  Always laundry!

If anyone is interested, mom and I are trying to get our inventory down a little bit.  Use Coupon Code:

Springfling2014 for 20% off on orders over $25.00 at

I'll leave you with a rare photo of my little Cotton being good:

The only time he's really good is when he's sleeping!  LOL!!!!

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Antique Crazy Quilts For Sale

Several years ago, like 6 or 7, I rescued a couple of antique crazy quilts from flea markets.  My intention was to repair/restore them but as we all know, things happen and I never got around to doing it.  I started to repair this one and I think some of you, who have been following my blog for awhile will remember it:

I think I blogged about this one too when I bought it:

Well, I was going through my grandmother's cedar chest where I had them stored and decided that it was time to pass them on to someone else who make better use of them.  So I spent the afternoon photographing them and listing them on Ebay.

If anyone is interested in either one or if you want to read more about them you can find them here:

Antique Crazy Quilt 1888  and the Small Antique Doll Size Crazy Quilt

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

It Was Spring Yesterday

But today, there's a very cold wind blowing.  It's sunny though so that helps!  I want to get back out in the yard and clean up some more but that wind is a bit cold for me.

I took Lucy to the vet this morning and her weight is holding at 7 pounds 2 ounces.  The special kidney diet is working.  She's sleeping now but she's been more talkative these past few weeks.  I ordered a special vitamin supplement for her for kidney health.  Our vet said it can't hurt so I'll start giving her that as soon as it arrives.  My sister has been giving it to her 19 year old cat who also has kidney disease and her numbers are already getting better after only a week or so.  Lucy's numbers are in the normal range now but this should help along with the special diet.

In other news, I finished up my little seascape cellphone pouch:

I made this for a dear friend who's birthday is April 6th.  I'll run to the Post Office tomorrow and mail it to her.

I've also been stitching on this little 6 X 6 inch door pillow block:

When I finish up on the computer I'll start adding my beads and sequins.

I added some more Color Combinations to my Pinterest Color Palette Board including a few of my own.  For Crazy Quilters who struggle with what colors to use, these palettes should help to narrow things down.  Choose a palette that you like, print it up and match your fabric colors to that.  It's a good starting point for anyone who is new to crazy quilting but feels overwhelmed by where to start.

Finally for today, I wanted to mention that I won't be making anymore of my Crazy Quilt Cat Dolls for my Etsy shop.  I'm going to make them just as gifts now.  So if anyone wants one of my little cats, there are still a few left in the shop.  Order while you can!

Monday, March 31, 2014

I Think It's Spring!

I think it's about 60 degrees outside but quite windy.  Most of the snow that accumulated over the Winter is gone.  The Robins sing like crazy in the morning and I noticed yesterday that I have tulips starting to peek out the ground.  I think it's Spring!  At least for today!!!

And speaking of Spring, I thought I'd share this pretty Easter Bunny Hanging Decoration that Mom made from a vintage quilt:

Mom hand appliqued that little bunny on!  Excellent work for someone with limited vision!

I've been stitching on my yellow Crazy Quilt block and have an update photo today:

The seam treatments are all from my Elegant Crazy Quilt Seam Treatment books.  I have one more seam to stitch and then I can add beads and sequins!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Color Yellow

I finished up my block for the 2015 Crazy Quilt Calendar that I'll be publishing later this year.  I've taken photos and sent them off to Jason, my editor.  Since he works full time, I want to send him the projects as soon as they're ready to give him as much time as possible to put things together.

I'm so excited about this project.  I have the loveliest contributors, Crazy Quilt artists who do absolutely stunning work so this calendar will be pure, concentrated eye candy!  Stay tuned for updates!

My friend Michelle suggested that I do something yellow.  I don't know why but I don't do a lot of yellow projects.  It's not that I don't like yellow.  It's a very happy color!  So the other day when I had some free time, I pieced a few Crazy Quilt blocks and one of them is....yes, yellow!

The rose piece in the center is from my collection of vintage hankies.  I'll start stitching on this later this evening.

I don't think I'll have time for a blog post tomorrow.  I'm going to go and visit my aunt for awhile.  I'll be back on Monday with an update on this block.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Color Palettes and Combinations

Since I'm working on a project that I can't share at the moment, I thought I'd offer a suggestion for anyone who struggles with choosing color palettes and color combinations.  Whether you're a crazy quilter or a sane quilter, you might find this helpful!

Ya'll know I love Pinterest!  Yes, it's a time consumer so I try to put a limit on how long I spend there but it does have it's benefits!

I've put together a board for Color Palettes:

Color Palettes
Even if you don't struggle with color combinations for your quilts, you might enjoy finding some new color combinations.  Or you might just enjoy looking at the pins.  They're really pretty.

I know that choosing a palette can be overwhelming, especially to someone who is new to crazy or sane quilting so please hop on over and see if this board gives you any ideas!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Seashell Cellphone Pouch

I finished up the stitching on my little Seashell Cellphone Pouch:

This is a gift for my dear friend Lula.  Her birthday is coming up in April.  I should be able to sew it together in the next day or two.

I started my block for the 2015 Crazy Quilt calendar but I can't share any photos.  When I get that finished, I'm thinking of making a couple of clutch purses.  I picked up some purse frames when I was at JoAnn's last week.  I have to get to piecing for those so I have something to stitch on when I get my calendar block done!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sharing Finishes

After picking up some groceries and collecting some of the trash that blew into the yard this past Winter, I spent the afternoon photographing some new finishes by Kathi, mom and myself.  I better remember to charge the camera battery now!

Kathi made these sweet little Cat Earrings:

And mom made some more little Easter Bunny Dolls from vintage quilts:

And I finally have photos of my latest Crazy Quilt Purses:

I crocheted the trim at the top of each purse.  I though it would be fun to make these a little differently than I've done my purses in the past!

Last but not least, I finished up this little blue cat doll:

I have a friend who needs a hug so I'm going to send this one to her.

I'm off to make some salad and cut up some strawberries.  I just made a meatloaf and Scott is cooking it on the grill.  I have no idea how that's going to taste but I guess we'll find out.  He's as bad as me.  He just can't wait to get outside!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

2015 Crazy Quilt Calendar

Today's post will be just a bit of babble I'm afraid.  I had hoped to have some photos to share but I just haven't been able to accomplish much the past few days.  My phone line was down again yesterday so I spent another 20 minutes pushing buttons on my cellphone trying to get someone from the phone company out here to fix it once and for all.  Why is it you can never just get a real person to talk to?  Anyway, it seems to be good now.  But stuff like that throws me for a loop and then it takes me awhile to settle down and focus again.

I do expect to have some photos tomorrow. I finished up my purses and I have some new things from mom and Kathi to share.  Hopefully I can get all that done tomorrow.

I'm working on my tutorial for the next issue of Crazy Quilt Gatherings magazine.  Just about done with that and hope to get it all typed up next week.

I'm still working on organizing my bead cart.  I'm a very neat person so I don't know how it got so messy!   I think I just get into stitching and forget to take the time to neaten things up and then all of a sudden, I have what feels like an overwhelming, disorganized mess.  But I'm about 1/2 done with my beads.  I had to stop at Michael's this morning for a few more packages of tiny zip lock bags.  It had to be Michael's because I had a coupon.  Remember what I said about craft stores and coupons!  Always, take a coupon with you!

I thought I'd talk a little more about my 2015 Crazy Quilt Calendar.  I invited 12 crazy quilt artists to contribute a block.  Obviously, 1 artist for each month and then I'll do a design as well.  I asked each artist for a specific theme based on their unique style of crazy quilting and I think it'll be fun to see the interpretations as the designs come in.  I plan to release the calendar at Magcloud on September 1st this year. 

The purpose of this project is to help promote crazy quilting, to promote the individual artists that I invited and to offer a calendar with pure, beautiful, crazy quilt eye candy!  I promise, the eye candy will be amazing!  I will include bios for each CQ artist as well as links to their blogs, Etsy shops and any other links that they would like me to include.

Well, I guess I'll get offline now and finish up my tutorial and then work on my beads some more.  I'll be starting my block for the calendar in another day or so too.  Lots of fun things are going on!  Oh yes, and Flea Market season starts next month!  Oh, how I love Flea Market season!
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