Posts Tagged ‘crazy quilting’

One more country visited, in “A Crazy World”.  I decided to do Egypt with the pyramids.  The background is coarse linen colored with Tim Holtz Distress Markers, Antique Linen and Broken China, and then heat set.  The pyramids are leather with Pigma Brush accents.  The palm tree trunk is leather and silk buttonhole twist thread, the tree branches are wool felt.  Click on image for a larger view.

Egypt in “A Crazy World”

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Okay, week 4 has come and gone and I only have 2 projects and a partially finished journal spread.  Also have an in progress pic of “The Crazy World”.

First off I was inspired by ladyoflosttimes to try my hand at making a doll with copper embossing powder.  It turned out OK, but I did learn that the next time I want to poke holes in something that is embossed, I should heat the awl first.

The next project is one that I kept putting off because I knew it would be difficult.  It’s a colored pencil drawing of Ginger and it was hard to do justice to all of the colors in her tortoiseshell colored fur.  I will need to keep practicing.  Ginger is a whole lot cuter in real life.

Ginger - Prismacolors on Bristol


As many of you know, I have been working on a project I call “The Crazy World”.  Well I finally finished the background and appliqued the world to the center.  To give you perspective, the center circle is 18″ in diameter.  As always, click on the images for a larger picture.


A Crazy World


That is it for this edition, I have a bad cold so keeping this post short.  Hopefully I will have more to share next week.


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Below is a pic from retreat, but where is everyone?  Retreat fell on the same weekend as the OU/Texas game, so they are all out in the lobby in front of the TV.

Where is everyone?

Cindy was working on a UFO and it gave me an idea of how I can use all of my 80’s floral’s.  It is 8″ squares of fabric, cut into fourths and the addition of 1″ lattice strips.

Cindy's floral quilt

 We also exchanged our packs of 5 inch “cookies”.  I managed to get mine all sewn together into a top, but need to add 2 additional rows to make it lap size.  I didn’t get any pictures of other people’s projects, and keep forgetting to take a pic of mine.

Kerry called one day and asked me if I would make something for a friend of her’s that was having a baby.   The baby is now around a month old, and I finally finished and mailed the items on Monday.  After searching through Ravelry I finally decided on Autumn Leaves for the sweater, and Afternoon Outing Baby Cap for the hat.  For the sweater I did a couple of modifications.  First, I made it with long sleeves and also added an eyelet accent before the hem.  I’m rather pleased with the results.  The hat was a whole other story.  Actually there are two hats, because the first one turned out large enough for a toddler.  Sorry for picture quality, but the weather hasn’t been cooperating.  The yarn I used for these is Elann’s Superwash Worsted, and the color is actually a raspberry sherbet color.

Autumn Leaves Cardigan with Afternoon Outing Baby Cap

The sky portion of A Crazy World has been put on hold until I can round up more fancy fabrics in various shades of blue.  I’m wanting fabric that is solid, tone on tone, brocade, jacquard or subtle prints, in various shades of blue from light to dark.  Not having much luck in the shops around here or online.  While I’m searching for blues, I have decided to visit the Far East.  So far I just have running stitches outlining the pattern, and it won’t photograph well, the pictures will have to wait until I get further along in the stitching. 

There may not be much in the way of stitching going on around here for a week or so.  I’m cooking Thanksgiving for any of the family that can make it here, and then there will be a “Before the Holiday Madness Party” and real cookie exchange with the Skrappy Ladies and Loose Threads in Lawton.   I will be baking, I think, at least 72 cookes and still haven’t decided on which recipe to use.  It will be some type of biscotti.

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I know that I still need to post Fall Retreat Pt.2, but with Bill home recovering from foot surgery, my routine has been disrupted. I will get it posted soon.

I have been knitting.  Kerry asked if I would make something for the new baby of a friend.  So I have knit a sweater, (pics and details soon) also knit a hat, but it would fit a 3-year-old.  So I have gone down two needles sizes and cast on again last night.  Guess the baby will receive two hats, one for now and one for later.  Hope to finish soon so I can get back to the Sivilla shawl, of which I have made it through the pattern, and started on the second repeat.

While I try to round-up more shades of blue for the background of A Crazy World, I have been doodling in my sketchbook.  I am going to go with the background sketch on the right and I know that I want to applique the pieces with some curves, but can’t decide whether to work left to right, out from center, or some yet unthought of method.

Sketchbook doodles

Sketchbook doodles

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Oh, how I wish I could post about the panel challenge.  I especially like the way my work on the current panel is turning out, even better than I imagined.  There will be one more panel arriving soon and it will be the last.  The reveal is still 2 long months away.

The Skrappy Ladies have decided to have a Christmas “cookie” exchange at our fall retreat.  The cookies will be 5″ squares of Christmas fabric and we will bring 5 squares for each person participating.  So far there are 12 people participating so we will need to bring 60 squares.  I’ve decided that I’m going to use up my old vintage, circa 80’s, Christmas prints, hoping that I won’t need to purchase any new fabric.  The project for fall retreat is to bring a pattern and other fabrics needed to use with your cookies.

Speaking of fabric.  Donna came by the other day and I sent her home with another trash bag full of fabric.  We were talking and she mentioned suiting, which reminded me that I had a bunch of suitings in the cedar chest that I had inherited from a friend that worked at a menswear factory.  I even, although it nearly killed me to do it, gave up some corduroy yardage that I had been hanging on to.  The corduroy has a nice hand and is the most beautiful deep shade of ruby.  Oh well, at least I know Donna will use it and she loves corduroy as much as I do.  My fabric stash is shrinking.

Not sure how long it will last, but the creative part of my brain is actually in gear.  I’ve already decided on the next motif for A Crazy World and have ideas for a couple more.  I’m also thinking that it is about time to attach the world to the sky/space background.  Which means sorting through the tubs of fancies and picking out blue fabrics that range from very light to very dark.

Not much going on with knitting.  I usually knit in the evenings while watching TV and lately Bill’s been watching a lot of the Discovery and National Geographic channels, especially during shark week, which means that I have been dozing off a few minutes after sitting down.  Don’t get me wrong I like a lot of the programs on those channels, but in the evening when I’m tired, the calm voices of the narrators put me to sleep.,

Well I’m off to the sewing room for more Super Secret Skrappy Stitching.

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I’m still working on the Skrappy Panel Mystery Challenge, so no pics.  It won’t be much longer until the reveal at fall retreat in October.  Then I will post pics of all the finished challenges, and prove that I have actually been sewing and stitching.

My quilting fabrics never got sorted out after our move, so whenever I needed a fabric I had to dig through tubs and boxes.  After gifting a friend with 2 shelves of clothing fabrics I decided that it was time to get the quilting fabrics sorted, folded and put neatly on shelves in the closet.  Only problem was that I needed 2 more shelves.  I reported the shelving needs to the home’s chief carpenter and then hit the road for Tulsa to go with Kerry to see “Wicked”, which I highly recommend.  I arrived home on Sunday to this sight:

Sewing room chaos

Sewing room chaos


I do have to say that the piles of fabric on the floor are my doing, but everything else is all out in the middle of the floor because of this:

New Shelves

New Shelves

New shelves, and see, I’ve already gotten some of the fabrics folded.  Of course this won’t be all of my fabrics because I do have others that are sorted by type, such as the batiks, reproductions and orientals.

While sorting through the closet I stumbled across a block that I used to teach a dimensional applique class, it doesn’t need much more work, guess I should finish it.
Dimensional Applique

Dimensional Applique


It’s been a while since my last blog post, but I just wasn’t feeling well and had a hard time adjusting to new meds.  Thanks to new pain meds and NSAID gels, the arthritis and muscle pains are pretty much under control.  Can’t do a lot for the muscle weakness, but I’m feeling much better.  Still having knee problems, but when it gets bad I just use my cane, to prevent falling down if the knees decide not to work.


After the panel challenge is over I will be getting back to Dear Jane and especially “A Crazy World”.  The crazy quilting group on Yahoo has started a “CQ by 2012” challenge.  The group members are challenged to make a  crazy quilt project by 2012 with the prospect of a large CQ display at a major quilt show.  I added my name to the list with the intent of finishing up crazy world by 2012.

I’m off to the quilt shop to find fabric for the latest panel project, then need to hurry back home and get busy.

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Lately I’ve noticed several french knot tutorials around the web.  Basically they are all pretty much alike and do a good job of illustrating the making of french knots.  There are different schools of thought about the number of times the thread is wrapped around the needle, but that can be left up to personal taste.  The one glaring omission, at least to me, is that none of the tutorials I viewed mentioned the type of needle to use.  For a nice and tight easily executed french knot, a milliners/straw needle is the best choice because they are the same width along the length of the needle shaft, so the needle pulls easily through the knot.  If using an embroidery or similar type needle, it bows out at the eye of the needle making it difficult to pull through the threads wrapped around it without a lot of work to keep from messing up the wraps.  So if you are having difficulty making nice looking knots and aren’t already using one, try a milliners or straw needle.  I think you will like the results.

Okay.  Speaking of knots.  The jungle motif is finally finished.  I am very pleased with the way it turned out and as much as I like it, I think the next motif I stitch will have a lot fewer knots.  Some of you have asked about the size, so I took a pic with a ruler below the motif for reference.

 Jungle Motif - size

The picture below shows the motif in reference to the surrounding areas in the block. 
Click on images for larger view.

Finished Jungle Motif


There are only a few more inches of sleeve to knit before finishing the February Lady Sweater.  I do most of my knitting in the evenings while watching television and lately it’s been all I can do to follow the tv programs, much less knit at the same time.  Hope to finish the sweater in the next week.

I’ve also been working on two other projects, but they are Super Secret Skrappy Stuff and therefore I can’t post about them.  This year the Skrappie’s group project is a fabric panel round robin mystery challenge ,and for once in our group’s history, we are trying to keep the progress on the panel’s a secret.  So the work I do on these will have to wait for posting until after the unveiling in October.

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Just popping in to give proof that there is stitching being done.  Still a lot more jungle to stitch and a little more work on the house, before this section of “A Crazy World” will be finished.

Jungle house - still in progress

It may be hard to see in the picture, but I added a window to the house.  It is two layers of silver organdy fabric fused together with black Misty Fuse and then stitched in place.

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Haven’t been able to spend a lot of time working on the jungle motif, but I’m still making knots whenever I can.  The green thread on the hut’s roof are basting stitches, to keep from messing up the raffia while stitching.

More knots added to jungle motif

More knots - click image to enlarge

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This time of year is not only for the holidays.  It’s also time to make tamales.  So on this cold, gloomy, drizzly day I have a pork roast slow cooking with onions and garlic.  Depending on my energy levels it will take me another day or so to complete the tamale making process.  It’s easier and goes a lot faster if you have extra hands to help in the preparation.

I’ve been knitting on the project mentioned in a previous post.  Have had to frog it back a couple of more times due to my brain not comprehending the, not so difficult, instructions.  A brain on steroids is a terrible thing, I see the lung doc on Monday and I’m hoping that he will agree to a lower dosage.

As much as I wish it wasn’t so, I don’t think I will be getting back to work on “A Crazy World” until after Christmas and possibly not until the first of the new year.

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