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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Cat Dolls

A while back, I talked about some little gifts that I made.  They were my little signature cat dolls.  All have arrived to their forever homes so I thought I'd share photos of them today:

In other news, I'm working on the flaps for some Crazy Quilt Clutch purses.  I'll have more photos of those soon!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Christmas Crazy Quilt Purse

I finally did the hand finishing on my Christmas Crazy Quilt Purse:


I used an antique lace collar on the bottom and then finished it off with hand crocheted trim using my fancy fun yarn.  The poinsettia is from a vintage hankie!  This is probably the only Christmas purse I'll do this year.

For now, I'm going to turn the computer off and get back to stitching on my clutch purses.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Clutch Purses

First, I thought I'd share 2 more of Mom's Fall do-dads:

This little Halloween Pumpkin Door Hanger is just too cute!  I think mom used a pattern from my collection of vintage embroidery transfers.

I must say, this Fall Quilted Hanging Heart Door Hanger is my favorite!  The colors just scream Autumn!!!  This little heart is strip quilted and then the seams are topped with scraps of lace. 

In other news, I've been working on some flaps for clutch purses:

This one is done.  I sewed up 4 of these so I'll be starting on this one next:

All 4 of these clutch purses feature vintage hankies from my collection.




Saturday, July 26, 2014

Halloween Home Decor

My mom always makes me laugh.  Not just because she has a good sense of humor and is a really funny person, but because she has a few eccentricities.  For example, my mom does not care much for Halloween.  She loves the Fall season, but she just doesn't like the day.  However, she loves cute little Haunted Houses.  So much so, that when she found the embroidery pattern of this Halloween Haunted House, she had to stitch it:

Is this too cute or what?!!!!  Mom embellished this pillow with beads, buttons and charms and hand crocheted trim. 

I've never been into the Haunted House this but I love Halloween!  I go more for the cute little pumpkins though.  Here's are my finished Halloween Crazy Quilt Door Hangings:

The little cross stitch designs in the centers are from my Elegant Crazy Quilt Sentiments For Crazy Quilting Book.  All of these do-dads are available in my Etsy shop.

I'm almost finished with my Crazy Quilt Christmas purse.  I just have to sew the trim on the bottom and add the snap.  As soon as it's finished, I'll post photos.

My current stitching project are some Crazy Quilt Clutch Purses.  I sewed up 4 of them last week in pretty colors so I'll post photos of those soon as well.

For now, the Cubs are playing the Cardinals.  Yes, I'm sure the Cubs will lose but that's okay.  Baseball is baseball.  I'm off to watch the game and stitch!


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Needle Felted Halloween Brooches

I love needle felting.  But I just can't do those beautiful 3 dimensional animals that my sister Kathi does.  Instead, I like to play with the various types of roving and see what I come up with.  My favorite roving is the curly locks.

These are my latest Needle Felted Brooches, all for Halloween:






I listed some of these in my Etsy shop and I'm not planning on doing anymore for Halloween so order while you can!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Back To Crazy

I've been working on some needle felted brooches for Halloween.  I have them all finished now and will have photos over the weekend.

Now that I have those done, I'm ready to get back to crazy quilting.  These are 2 little Halloween blocks that I sewed up yesterday:

The little cross stitch pieces in the centers are from my Elegant Cross Stitch Sentiments For Crazy Quilting Book.  I stitched the little pieces first on cross stitch fabric and then pieced them into the blocks.

I've been little by little updating all the tabs at the top of my blog.  I updated my Kitty and Me on Etsy tab.  Not done yet but I'll get there.  And I updated the Crazy Quilt Resources tab with more links.  If you have any links that you want me to add, just email them to me and I'll get them listed over the weekend.  I still have a long way to go on the Crazy Quilt Resources so please check it regularly.

I also moved my Recipes list over to the side bar.  If you haven't checked out my recipes, please do so.  There's a lot of nice things to try.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Cottage Style Scarecrow Doll

Okay, I mentioned the other day that Mom was working on some Scarecrows.  Well, here is her gorgeous little Cottage Style Scarecrow Doll, all dressed in pink!!!  Is he too cute or what!!!

Look at that sweet little face!  And I love the pink burlap hat!!!!  He's a 14 inch, stuffed doll.

Also new by Mom is this gorgeous Pumpkin Heart Shaped Door Hanging Pillow:

Mom loved the crocheted trim that I used on my recent hanging hearts and asked if I minded that she did that too.  Of course I don't mind!  I'm all about sharing ideas!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Scarecrows

Mom has been working on some Scarecrow items for Fall.  These little bags are only 1 of her latest projects:



Mom made a couple of these in brown and couple of these in orange.  Available in our Etsy shop

I have a more new items by Mom to add tomorrow.  Well, if all goes as planned I'll add them tomorrow!  LOL!!

I've also added a few more links to my Crazy Quilt Resources list so be sure to check those out! 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Pink Paint

I've been rambling on and off about repainting my room before I buy a new computer to do the magazine on.  I decided a long time ago that I would paint this room pink because pink is my signature color and because I find it soothing on my nerves.

Mary Anne made me laugh in a recent email.  She said a pink room would send her over the edge.  LOL!!!  I have seen pink rooms and they can be nauseating but my room won't be that way.  I intend to paint everything white and then sponge paint the walls with a pale icy pink glaze.  Then I'll stencil roses in here.  The glaze will just give the walls a hint of pink color without it being that "in your face pink".

When I was at the hardware store over the weekend, I picked up a couple of paint chips:

I like the warm, peachy shades of pink rather than the blue pinks.  I highlighted the color that I'm going to go with.

Little by little, I'm getting things together and organized for my new endeavor!

For now, I finished stitching up my Christmas purse:

I'll have to stop at JoAnn's this weekend and pick up a pair of purse handles.  Then I should be able to sew this up next week. 


Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine

I wanted to announce a small change that will be made to the Crazy Quilt Magazine.  I don't want anyone to be disappointed, but Pat and I talked a bit this morning and we both agreed that it would be best to change the name from Crazy Quilt Gatherings magazine to Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine.

I know some of our readers will feel a bit disappointed and neither Pat nor I want to upset anyone.  We just felt that it was a good choice and a good time to make the change.  It's a mutual agreement and we hope that everyone understands.

So, I thought for today, I would share the new magazine banner:

I played around with a couple of different things and finally said to myself, "Girl!  Be consistant! And make it simple!" 

So yes, it's the same banner I use here on my blog and my Etsy shop.  And who doesn't like looking at my beautiful Lucy kitty!!!!

In other news, I finished up on my Halloween Crazy Quilt Pillow:

This is available over at my Etsy shop.

Before I turn the computer off, I'm going to add a few more links to my Crazy Quilt Resources tab (found at the top of my blog).  Mary Anne sent me a few new links and I found a couple of really nice Etsy stores last night so I want to add those.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Crazy Quilt Supplies

I've been busy working on my Crazy Quilt Resources list.  I added a few more crazy quilters to the list of artists and I started on the Crazy Quilt Supplies list.  If there are any artists that I missed or any CQ supply sites that you order from or would like me to include, drop me an email and I'll add them later this week.

I still have a lot of things to add so I'm just doing it a little bit at a time.

This morning, I sewed up my Halloween Pillow so I'll do the hand finishing on that later today.  For now, I've been stitching on this Crazy Quilt Christmas Purse:

I'm going to have to run up to JoAnn's for some purse handles for this one. I don't think I have any extras in my stash now.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Announcing The Calendar Crazy Quilt Artists!

All of the blocks for the 2015 Crazy Quilt Calendar are in!  And they are so beautiful!  As promised, here is a list of the lovely and very gifted artists who were so generous with their time and talent to contribute a design so that others can enjoy a year's worth of Crazy Quilt eye candy!

 Here we go:

January:  Mary Anne Richardson
February:  Nicki Lee Seavey
March:  Maria Muldar
April:  Kathy Shaw
May:  Pat Winter
June:  Cathy Kizerian
July:  Brenda Sandusky
August:  Gerry Krueger
September:  Terri Lee Takacs
October:  Betty Pillsbury
November:  Connie Eyberg
December:  Allison Aller

And the cover design is by me, Pamela Kellogg.

Please click on the links to visit their blogs or Flickr sites!

The calendar will be released on September 1st.  I asked the girls to hold off on posting about their blocks until that time but please, be sure to revisit their sites once the calendar is released.  They will share their stories and more photos of their blocks!

In the meantime, here is my latest finish:

I'll sewing this into a pillow and adding some hand crocheted trim!  Please stop back to see it finished later this week.


Thursday, July 03, 2014

Halloween Pillow

Just a quick little update for today everyone.  This is my current work in progress:

I'll be adding beads to those little leaves next.  But first......laundry.  Always laundry!

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Seasonal Door Hangers Are Done!

I worked on the list of Crazy Quilt Artists some more today so be sure to check out the Crazy Quilting Resources tab at the top of my blog.  Follow the links for beautiful CQ eye candy!  Next week I'll be working on the Crazy Quilt Supply Resources.  If I'm missing anyone, just email me your name and link and I'll gladly add you to the list.

For now, I have my latest batch of Seasonal Door Hangers to share:




All are available in my Etsy shop.

Well, I've been sitting here at the computer for 6 hours so I'm off to make some dinner and watch the Cubs game.

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