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.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

A break

Today I thought I'd give you a little break from the Looking Back series and send you off to visit other places that you might find to be of interest.

1.  For those of you who like knitting, or just like to see something fun, have a look at THIS wool bombed tree on CrazyQStitchers blog.  It's amazing and made me smile.

2.  For those that like to crochet, there's a tutorial HERE for using plastic bags to create beds for the homeless.  In these days of trying to remember to take your own bags, I know the numbers of plastic bags is dwindling, but it's something to consider if you can collect bags from your friends.  They are certainly something that is greatly needed.

3.  Kathy Shaw has announced that registrations are open now for her 'Embellishing With Threads' free crazy quilt class.  Registration closes at midnight on Aug 6th so you will have to hurry if you want to play along.  Go HERE for further information.  

4.  Sharon Boggon has done a really great review of the current issue of 'Crazy Quilt Quarterly' and it's definitely appreciated by the editorial team.  Go HERE to read that, and please consider giving the magazine a 'plug' on your blog too.  It all helps to get the word out and we certainly would love your help!

5.  I found the article on saying 'No' that Ann Wood wrote on her blog recently to be very enlightening.  Go HERE to read it, and to see some of Ann's work as well.  She has links on her post to a couple of other articles discussing the value of just saying no.  It's something I know I could benefit from doing a lot more often.  I try, really I do, but it seems I far too often manage to get involved in things I really live to regret.  I'm getting better with it though.  (If I keep saying that, I will begin to believe it...right?)

For today's quote, I am going to snag the one Ann used on her blog....

“A ‘no’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.”



Monday, August 03, 2015

Continuing the 2007 look back

2007 was a busy year.  I created my first (and possibly last!) beaded doll.  It was fun to do, but terribly time consuming.

2007 was also the year that I made this beauty (??!!).  Her name was Doll-E Parton.

 It was  also the year that I took part in a crazy quilted Teddy Bear round robin and this was the bear I ended up with.  She now lives on our bed during the day.


Today your quote is from Saint Jerome.... "The face is the mirror of the mind and eyes, without speaking, confess the secrets of the heart"


Saturday, August 01, 2015

It's August 1st!!!!

It's August 1st and release day for the latest issue of the 'Crazy Quilt Quarterly' magazine!!  This issue is chock full of fun fall-themed ideas for your crazy quilt and embroidery projects.  There's spiders (but don't worry - they aren't the scary kind); fall leaves; and the sweetest little pumpkin tutorial you ever saw; along with all sorts of eye candy and articles to keep you reading for quite awhile.  Our magazine just keeps getting better and better!

Go HERE to order your copy!  You can order either a print copy (the digital version comes free) or just the digital version.

Please do consider sending in your work or any tutorials or pattern ideas that you may have...you don't have to send the item itself, just a pdf file is all we need.  If this magazine is to continue to succeed we need your help.  We want to see what you're doing and share it with other crazy quilters around the world!

Right now we're looking for winter-themed projects and articles/tutorials for the winter issue.  Please check out the submission guidelines HERE and let us see your work!!  

Today your quote is from Kenny Ausubel... "Each of us has a spark of life inside us, and we must set off that spark in one another"

Friday, July 31, 2015

Further looking back, and yummy soup

I know summer isn't perhaps a time that one's thoughts (and taste buds) turn to hot soup, but something cold certainly hits the spot.  DH is the chief cook in our household and he's  come up with this recipe for Gazpacho Soup.  Mmmmm - it tastes so fresh and lovely on a hot day!  I thought you might like the recipe (there sounds like a lot of ingredients, but it's oh so worth it!)....


4 ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 sweet red (or green) pepper, chopped
1/2 c. chopped onion
1/2 c. chopped cucumber
2 green onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp. fresh chives, chopped
1/4 c. fresh basil, chopped
1/4 c. fresh parsley, chopped
4 c. tomato juice
2 tsp. sugar
1/4 c. red wine vinegar
3 T. lemon juice
1/3 c. olive oil
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. worcestershire sauce
6 drops Tabasco sauce (or to taste)

Place all ingredients (in batches) into blender and blend to desired consistency.  Chill overnight.  

Further in my looking back series....some of you (most of you, probably) know that I have a 'thing' for working with recycled denim.   These two jackets were ones that I made in 2006.
  The rag style was a one-off and was done for a commission.  

The jacket below was one over over 30 jackets I made in the crazy quilt style and using recycled denim, along with lace and recycled clothing labels.
Alas, the arthritis in my hands has meant that I have had to pretty much give up my work with denim.  It was certainly fun while it lasted though.

Oh, and here's something you might find interesting...  have a look HERE    at Di van Niekerk's blog to  find lots of free tutorials for silk ribbon embroidery.

Today the quote is from Anonymous......"What you permit, you promote"


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Looking back once again and still celebrating

First of all, did you  know that today is 'World Embroidery Day'?  I didn't either, until I read a post from Judy HERE.  What are you planning to do to celebrate the occasion?  I, of course, will be working on the grand secret project!

Please excuse the picture quality on this piece!  I thought that you might like to see it though, despite the poor photo.  This was my 2006 entry into 'The Quilt' (the breast cancer fundraiser). 

It measured 18x18" and was entitled "All I Want For Christmas"...."All I want for Christmas is an end to the disease that robs us of our mothers, sisters, grandmothers, daughters, friends and sometimes our men.  Hopefully this small quilt will help."

If you can see the snowman on the mid-left - it was one of my first forays into the use of waste canvas on my pieces.

 Yesterday was our monthly CQTeers meeting and the birthday celebration continued on.  Sue and Irene both gave me some fun things and I thought you might like to see....

Irene made me this adorable little owl, created from an Ann Wood pattern.  I promptly named her 'Hilda' and she will reside in my sewing room overlooking all I do.

Thank you Irene!

(she measures about 5" high)

Sue is the queen of all things paper (which we like to tease her about), so she gave me these pretties to create with.  I know these will be showing up on some of my atc creations in the future.

Thank you Sue!!

Our theme for this month was 'strawberries' and these are the atcs we exchanged...

The one on the top is by Irene, the two on either side were created
 by Sue and the bottom was mine.

Today your quote is from Melissa Loruso....."We cannot change the direction of the wind but we sure can change the direction of our sails"

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Yet more bits and bobs

1.  For those of you (like me) who suffer from sore hands, perhaps you might find the exercises that are suggested HERE to be helpful.  I know it says they're for knitters, but I think anyone would benefit.

2.  There's a free tutorial available HERE to make your own Japanese Knot Bag.  Looks like it would be fun to try.

3.  There's an interesting tutorial regarding an easier way to bind quilts and that can be found HERE

4.  Suzy of SuziqusThreadWorks has just announced that she will be teaching an online class to learn to make her  'Peaceful and Pondering' Fabric Lace Book/Journals.  I've been a follower of Suzy's blog for a long time and I can attest that her work is absolutely gorgeous.  I know her class will be just as amazing.  Go HERE for further information.

Further in the looking back series... in 2006 two of my friends and I decided we would like to create 'decorated' bras which were donated to a local breast cancer fundraiser.  At the time we were members of our local quilt guild and we decided that we should cause a bit of a stir and actually model our decorated bras.  Of course with the members being a mixed aged group of ladies we were met with a great deal of laughter and bit of condemnation as well.  You have to realize that our meetings were held in a church and I suppose this sort of thing could have been frowned upon by some. 

Anyway.....here is my bra, entitled 'Two Cats In A Bag Yowling To Get Out'....

and this shows the inside....


Today the quote is from Dame Margot Fonteyn.... "The one important thing I've learned over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and one's self seriously.  The first is imperative; the second is disastrous."  


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Reflection and yummy stuff

I've been trying to think about what I might be able to post about so you can at least see something when you come for a visit.  After seeing a post on Christine's blog showing a piece she had done several years ago I had an 'aha' moment and decided it might be fun to show a few of the things I've made over the years that you might have missed seeing.  For those of you that remember all of this, feel free to hit the snooze alarm!

Back in 2005 I made a small wallhanging (17 x 17") that was entered into a breast cancer fundraiser called 'The Quilt'. 

This one was entitled "Hope - Is Eternal"
"This small quilt was created - in hope - that a cure will
soon be found"

I didn't have a great camera back then, so the quality of the photo is probably not the best.

I don't suppose any of you are like me and that you haven't had the experience of drinking something called 'Raspberry Vinegar'.  When I was little my paternal grandmother had a large raspberry patch and she made this drink mixture which tasted SO good!!  Unfortunately all of her recipes were lost in a house fire.  I've been years trying to find the directions and finally came across them in an antique cookbook.  We found raspberries on sale for a really good price so thought we'd give it a try...

There's no 'recipe' as such....Place washed raspberries in a glass bowl and cover with white vinegar.  Let stand 24 hours. Make sure you put a tight cover on or you will have a bunch of drunken fruit flies!!   Bring to boil and mash berries.  Strain and measure the amount of liquid.  Add an equal amount of sugar and return to boil.  Simmer for 20 minutes.  Place in  sterilized jar(s).  Refrigerate.  Add some to either regular water or sparkling water and enjoy.  (The directions aren't explicit as to ratio of water to juice, so you would have to experiment). 

Today the quote is from Melissa Accadia....."Just because you're handed a cactus doesn't mean you have to sit on it"