A blog about my interests, which include crazy quilting and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Friday, June 24, 2016

A slight change of gears

Today I actually did some sewing and made something that I can't show you - yet.  Perhaps I will be able to next week sometime...hopefully.  Or maybe not hopefully - depending on your viewpoint when you actually see it!

However, I CAN show you this...

Now what do you suppose this might be
the pattern for?

I haven't had to create a pattern with the drawn-out grid method for a very long time.  I remember now why it's a complete and total pain - literally.  

Today your quote is from Ellen DeGeneres.... "We focus so much on our differences, and that is creating, I think, a lot of chaos and negativity and bullying in the world.  I think if everybody focused on what we all have in common -  which is - we all want to be happy"

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Drumroll.....tah dah.....number nineteen!!!

Here's the last in the series of crazy quilt postcards - number nineteen.  That's not to say there won't be more at some point, but for the moment I'm postcarded out and need to switch gears and work on something else for awhile.

Sorry the colour is a bit 'off' on this one - it actually has a white background.

Today your quote is from Rachel Carson... "Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.  There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature - the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter"

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Number 18

As promised, here's number 18 in the series...

As of this moment, they are all complete - stitched and sewn up ready for mailing.  I have one more to show you, but I'm going to make you wait until tomorrow for that.

My next crazy quilting project has to be a secret one because it's for the magazine and you'll just have to wait until the winter issue to see what I do - if, of course, it turns out!! 

Your quote for today is from Neil Gaiman....."Whatever it takes to finish things, finish.  You will learn more from a glorious failure than you ever will from something you never finished"

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Some announcements (thinly disguised as mumblings?)

First of all, Pam Kellogg is working on putting the finishing touches on the Crazy Quilt Quarterly 2017 calendar and asked that I post the following...

The new calendar has some beautiful art done by thirteen amazing crazy quilt artists who entered the contest.  The judges (myself included) had a really tough time in choosing the winners.  You can see a peek of the winning work by cover artist Connie Eyberg above.  

So, if you would like to place an ad in the 2017 calendar, please contact Pam at pkellogg AT mc DOT net or you can drop a note to me as well and I will pass it along to her.  You do know to replace AT with @ and DOT with a .  I'm sure!

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- AND - Pam has just released a list of the winners of the crazy quilt calendar contest HERE!!!!  Of course you can't see the winning entries just yet - you'll just have to purchase a copy of the calendar when it's available for that.  I'll be sure to let you know as soon as you can get a copy.  It's slated for release on Sept. 1st.   

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- there's a really cute pattern HERE for crocheted slippers

- if you're interested in contemporary embroidery, have a look at the work by THIS artist

- Kathy Shaw has opened registrations for her Intermediate ICQC-102 online class (it's free!) on Dyeing, Painting, Inking Ribbons, Lace, Fabric, etc. and you can find more details HERE (better hurry tho' - she's only accepting registrations until midnight June 23rd!!)

- I found it interesting to note that it appears that string art is enjoying a resurgence as THIS book giveaway will attest.  Who knew?  (no affiliation on my part - just mumbling!)

- Just a wee note to say that I have finished all nineteen postcards in my series and now it's on to the finishing touches.  Will post pictures later this week of the last two in the series.

Today your quote is from Napoleon Hill... "Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success"

Monday, June 20, 2016


Over the weekend I completed #17 of the postcard series.

Only two more to go!

It's turned hot here over the past couple of days and today is supposed to be a scorcher.  I really don't mind the heat, but I must admit that today might just be a little much.  If the humidity level would stay down it would be so much better!

Today your quote is from James Dent... "A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken"

Friday, June 17, 2016

Let's see - all fingers and toes are aligned....

....ah, yes.....this one is number sixteen....

Today your quote is from Bill Watterson.... "Weekends don't count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless"

Go do something pointless,
and be sure you love every minute of it!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The mail and some mumblings

My copy of Kathy Shaw's latest crazy quilting book arrived in the mail yesterday and I must say she's outdone herself with this one.  Of course I have had a sneak peek at it all prior to publication (being a proofreader does have its perks!!), but it's a thrill to see it all together and looking so grand.

This is volume II of what is planned to be a series of four.  (Volume I - Beyond The Basics;  Volume II - Ribbon Embellishments;  Volume III - Magnificent Motifs;  and Volume IV - Beyond the Expected).  You can purchase your copy via Amazon.

Pam Kellogg also has a new publication - she has re-released her 'Hearts & Flowers Biscornus' pattern ( so pretty!!) and you can get more information on that by going HERE.   And, a little birdie has shared with me that there will be another crazy quilt calendar contest coming up - I'll let you know more about that when the details are finalized.

Today your quote is another one from an anonymous source... 
"Fabricologist Resource Centre" - that sounds more impressive than "fabric stash"