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.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

GROW YOUR BLOG - 2015!!


Welcome!

I am so happy to join in the fun in the 'Grow Your Blog 2015' party organized by the amazing Vicki Boster of 2 Bags Full.  I can't wait to go visiting and meet some new friends and also to welcome you to my blog.

First of all, my name is Mary Anne (better known as MA).  My husband and I are retired and live in southern Ontario Canada in an apartment overlooking the local river.  We have two sons, two daughters-in-love, and a handsome 8 month old grandson.
Created in a year long colour challenge

Vicki suggests that we tell you why we blog so here goes....When I started to blog I simply used it as a tool in order for my kids to be able to see pictures of what I was working on at the time.  I never, in my wildest imagination, ever thought anybody else would be the least bit interested in my mumblings.  Slowly people discovered my little blog and suddenly I had a few readers.  That, in turn, led me to feel a small sense of responsibility that I should produce something so they actually had something to read.  It  grew from there and now I am happy to say that I have made a lot of great friendships through blogging. 

One of several crazy quilt purses I have created.


My passion is crazy quilting (as a look through my blog will attest!).  All the crafts I have learned to do over the years have pretty much culminated into one art form, one I never grow tired of.  I like the variety of things that can be utilized into crazy quilting (eg. old jewelry, laces, ribbons, found objects) and that many of the materials I use are recycled.  Being able to create something beautiful and useful from things that would otherwise be thrown away is very exciting.

A large wall hanging created in an online class with Karen Ruane.  
My interest in crazy quilting began in 1999 when I got a computer with access to the internet and came across the 'CQMagOnline' and 'The CQ Newsletter' (now out of print).  I was fascinated and a passion was born.  I went from there to joining online groups and taking part in round robins and exchanges with those already working in the field.  It was a giant learning curve but ever so much fun!


One of my other passions over the years has been working with recycled denim and above you can see an example of a crazy quilted denim purse and below is the back of one of my jackets that I made using previously-loved jeans.



One of my favourite things to create right now are sewing hussifs and here you can see the front cover of one that I designed.
I was thrilled  to have both pictures and a how-to article on making these published in a 2013 issue of Pat Winter's 'Crazy Quilt Gatherings' magazine.

If you scroll down through my blog (or click on 'crazy quilting' in my labels) you will be able to see portions of the rose-themed hussif I am currently working on.


A further thrill was to be asked by Pam Kellogg to contribute one of my crazy quilts for inclusion in her 2015 calendar (available HERE).  My work was featured for January and you can see a picture of my creation as my blog header.

More recently the 'Crazy Quilt Gatherings' magazine owned by Pat Winter has been passed into the capable hands of Pam Kellogg  and the first issue of the new 'Crazy Quilt Quarterly' magazine will available for purchase on MagCloud February 1st.  Pam has again given me the honour of being the cover artist for her first issue, as well as inviting me to write a column for newbies.  All this is hugely exciting for me and makes me think that perhaps I have 'arrived' in the crazy quilting world!

 (edited to add:  The magazine is now available HERE)







 Many of the players in 'Grow Your Blog' are offering little giveaways and I am no exception.  I will be creating a rose embroidered needlebook similar to this one (below) and I will  draw  a name from those who comment on this post sometime on February 15th and announce the lucky winner then. 


Lastly, I want to extend a very large thank you to Vicki (and her helpers) for arranging  this great fun blog hop for us to enjoy.  I know it took a huge amount of time and dedication on her part and she deserves a standing ovation from all of us.  Click HERE to go to Vicki's post to check out all the other blogs on the tour!

Now I'm off to visit you...
put the coffee on!













107 comments:

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Lovely post that showcases your love of needlework. Hope your blog continues to grow because I love to visit here.
xx, Carol

Boud said...

Hey, is that my sister modeling the denim jacket??? and thanks for a lovely blog, and a friendship that came out of it.

Not to mention the techie help you've given me from time to time!

Mosaic Magpie said...

The coffee is on and the porch light too! I swear you keep adding stitches to that lovely blog header! Loved the little trip down memory lane with all your beautiful projects. Hugs to you, I cherish our friendship.
Deb

Suztats said...

Hope your Blog Party is a great success! Is there cake?

Debbie said...

On behalf of Vicki of Two Bags Full and myself welcome to the Grow Your Blog block hop! Your quilts are beautiful!
Hope you receive many visitors today.

Mary Ann said...

I hope you get lots of new followers Mary Anne:)

Conversations from my House said...

I am delighted to have found your blog. One of the big things on my to do list this year is to make a crazy quilt using all the lace, beading, fancy fabric etc. that I have been collecting for quite a while now. I am lucky enough to have the crazy quilt my great grandmother made my grandmother when she was married... in the VERY early 1900s. It is so special to me. Thank you for being a blogger so I can learn from you!

Frances N said...

I found you on the GYBP.
Your crazy quilts are GORGEOUS! It looks like a ton of work, but so very beautiful!!!
I will be a follower! Thank you for posting those lovely photos!

Renee said...

Oh, MA, I just love seeing your lovely eye candy! Your work is gorgeous!

I love your purses and the upcycled denim jacket is fabulous.

dragonfly said...

Hi MA! I just read today's blog and thought I would tell you how much I admire your work. The more I see the more I like! Cheers! Catherine P.

janie krig said...

Did I hear there is cake here? Mimosas too? Lovely inspiration, MA.
Thanks for sharing.

Threads of Inspiration said...

MA, thanks for stopping by my blog! Congratulations on being included in so many publications. How exciting! Probably had I not taken a sabbatical from blog reading I would have known this. Ah, well. Enjoy the blog party!

Kelly_Deal said...

Hi Mary Ann! Thanks for coming over to say hi! You're very talented, your quilting is beautiful! Psssstttt, so is Kumo!

Melissa said...

I am a big fan of crazy quilting it's my perfect way to relax :) Thank you for the chance to win!

My Painted Garden said...

Hello -stopping by from the Blog Party so nice to meet you and visit your beautiful blog - your crazy quilts are wonderful and each is a work of art. Congratulations on having your work published in the calendar.
Blessings, Erin

Nan Smith said...

Hi Mary Anne, Thanks for visiting my blog. Yours is easy and interesting to read. As you know I'm a jewelry maker but I find myself becoming interested in quilting. I like the fact that upcycling features in your crazy quilting projects. It's great to make use of some of our stuff since we all seem to have so much and at this end of our lives we're all trying to declutter and downsize so it's great to find a use for some of the stuff!
By the way, where in Southern Ontario are you? I'm in Hamilton.

Stitchin At Home said...

Love the jacket back.

Threadpainter said...

What gorgeous stitches in your header ... something I wish I could do more of, but Rheumatoid Arthritis as a child has ruined my hands for holding a needle long. Thank you for visiting my blog and I've had a wonderful stroll through yours ... do we live near by each other ? ;)

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Wow, I have never seen quilts to look so super cool! What a fantastic and creative approach to this well loved craft :). And big congratulations on being a cover girl and having your own column! So lovely to meet another inspiring artist through my GYB tour! Big hugs from your newest follower :) x

Maureen said...

I think you do lovely work. I love the snow scene at the top of the page. See, not a one word comment! Next time I may be lazy.

Jennifer Pearson Vanier said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and for your kind words. I am just up the road, in Eastern Ontario. You do wonderful work.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Oh dearest MA

I'm bedazzled with all your exquisite crazy quilting - your designs, creative stitching and beading just take my breath away!

I always enjoy visiting and reading your blog posts and following the many interesting links you send us to!
I've learnt so much from being a follower of your blog and I recommend everyone who visits during the party joins up too.

MA you are one of my dearest friends in this great world of blogging - thank you!

Love and hugs
Shane

Joyce Carter said...

Hello. I am a new follower of your blog. I love Crazy Quilts and have always wanted to make one, but there seems to be too many things on my to-do list and not enough time to make all the things I want to. I am looking forward to visiting you and seeing your lovely creations.I am hoping to learn so much from you that I don't know. Thank you for the beautiful giveaway.

karen said...

a feast of beautiful images Mary Anne....enjoy the party but stay off the hard stuff!!

Janice Petty said...

Beautiful work! Thanks for your comment. Love your banner too! Hugs, Jan

Hettienne Grobler said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and for leaving a comment. I love the spirit of your blog and your beautiful handiwork! blessings Hettienne

Sarah said...

It is good to meet you -- your embroidery is wonderful. sarah@forrussia.org

Ann C. said...

I just stopped by through Grow Your Blog. I have enjoyed my visit looking at your quilts, etc. I see you are also from Southern Ontario.
Happy Stitching!

Sue Kosec said...

You throw a great party. Thank you for inviting me!

So that you know, I've become a Follower and when time permits, I'll be back to see what other beautiful things were made by your hands!

What this party is all about is to GROW your blog and I'm hoping to do the same. When you get to Section One, check out A Country Chic Retreat and SuZeQ Creations, my personal blog, in Section Fifteen I'd love for you to follow and subscribe to.

Happy crafting!
SuZeQ

Cristal @ Dapple Design said...

You certainly have honed the crazy quilt into an art form. I can see the appeal of finding uses for all those pretty little bits.

Linda H said...

Hi MA, dropping by on the GYB party.. love seeing your work! Congrats on being the January calendar girl!! What a thrill that must have been! Have fun on the hop! Hope you'll stop by and visit me at Stitch Lines.

Laney said...

I came from the blog hop. Beautiful crazy quilt pieces! Thanks for visiting my blog - it was surely a treat to see yours!

Cheri, the Quilting Nanny said...

Hello.. I am visiting from GYB... and now a follower! I am working on learning to do crazy quilts and crazy blocks for other things.. .I love your style! I will be watching you!!! LOL!!!
Cheri, the quilting nanny
quiltingnanny(at)yahoo(dot)com

Judy Goddard said...

Hi there!
I just found your comment on Christ in me. Thank you so much for stopping by!

Your patchwork is outstanding! I'll be back!

God bless,
Judy

Alexis Borsboom said...

Wow! Crazy quilts may be one of my very favorite kinds of things to look at. Your work is wonderful!

t_ktl at yahoo.com

cobcottagecraft.com

Heather said...

Hi MA! I'm a quilter visiting via GYB. I've always admired crazy quilts and would love to try it one day...as soon as I enhance my embroidery skills a bit. You do such lovely work!

kath001 said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting! I am slowly making my way through the party list.  Love your work!
kathleen, fourmilesnorthofnowhereATgmailDOTcom

Val's Quilting Studio said...

Rerturning the visit and am glad I did! I added myself as a GFC follower for as you are starting your first quilt, I want to start my first Crazy piece!! I want to do it with wool!! We can inpsire eachother along the way. Glad we met through the hop!

Cozy Expressions said...

Returning your visit ! I love your "ramblings" Wishing you the best!!!

Dry Gulch said...

Love your crazy quilt bags! Cheers from your fellow Grow Your Blog hopper.

Mokki said...

Theres so much to see in those crazy quilts. I love the embellishments. Im chuckling at the captions in the blog post before this one. I love the one about the earrings!

Pamela Kellogg said...

Mary Anne, you "arrived" a long time ago, you just didn't realize it! And I don't think you mentioned anywhere in this post, although I do not have my glasses on, that you are also the assistant editor of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine! I could not do it without you!!!! Big hugs!!!

Kathy H said...

Your crazy quilting is beautiful. I have always admired the work but never tried any. You will be an inspiration to try something new.

Living to work - working to live said...

I love your purses. I've seen some amazing crazy quilts in the V&A museum. It's not some thing I have ever tried to do.

I so relate to your reason for blogging too (as you said on my blog).

And I loike your handsome dog. I'm such a sucker for dogs! Particularly rescue dogs!!

Lovely to meet you. Hilary

Gill said...

Lovely to meet you - your crazy quilting is fabulous!!

Lupe Meter said...

Hi Mary Ann (MA)! Thank you for stopping by blog. :) Just love your crazy quilt creations! Love that denim jacket! WOW! Congratulations on having your work published...fabulous work! Glad I got to meet you here on "Grow Your Blog Party"! Please include me in your giveaway: gemmeter12@gmail.com

Cherie said...

Oh wow, that jacket is so beautiful. But then I am in awe of all the lovely things that you are sharing. Such a treat to read a great blog. xxx

Nonna Rose said...

Your work is beautiful I love what you donwith denim! You are a very creative, yalent lady.

Michelle F said...

Hi, MA!

Thanks for visiting my blog.
I am very familiar with Terri Blackstock. Great author!

You are very creative, I love your work. I especially like the denim.

Have fun at the party and I hope you meet lots of new friends!

Dasha said...

Simply gorgeous work Mary Anne. And that blog header photo is stunning. Thank you for visiting me and commenting. Otherwise I may have missed seeing your lovely blog. Crazy quilting is an art form I have not pursued.

moongirl said...

Oh my goodness, I am amazed by your quilting abilities! It’s something I have yet to try - beautiful!

Christine Barnsley said...

Hello Mary Anne! Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting my blog and leaving me a lovely comment. That is turn has lead me here and I am so excited by what I have found! Love your work and I will certainly be coming back!! :) xx

Dawn said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and now I have had the chance to see your wonderful work. I have just done my first Crazy quilt block and loved it. I think you're blog will inspire me more

Lady of the Manor said...

Hi, Mary Ann. Congratulations on being selected for the calendar! I can see why, your blog header is amazing! We have some of the same interests and I'm looking forward to reading more about your adventures.

Lorraine said...

Hello MA! First, thanks for visiting my blog. I love your crazy quilting (your header is gorgeous). And I can't wait to read more of your wit and wisdom.

fabulousfrivolities.com said...

Hi Mary Ann, thanks for stopping by to say hi! Your work is beautiful and congrats on your cover and column. I have always loved embroidery and one day will learn. When I do that I will try crazy quilting. ~ Lisa

Kim said...

So, so happy to have found your lovely blog, oozing all things crazy quilting!! You are indeed a gal after my own heart with all your pretties to drink in. It will be lovely to follow you and see what gorgeousness you are creating next!

Kathy said...

Hi Mary Ann, Thanks for stopping by! I am still working my way through the list of amazing blogs! Say "hi" to "Henry" for me if you see him ; )

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Nice to meet you. I'm visiting via GYB from St. John's, NL Canada. Your crazy quilting is lovely. Thanks for sharing.

MartiDIY said...

I love your crazy quilt designs, especially in your bags. Very cool. Thanks for visiting me too.

Shelly said...

Hi MA, Your crazy quilting is very inspiring....I just joined Kathy Shaw's Basic crazy quilting class, and it IS a class. I'm loving learning at my age, and I can't wait every day for her to post my next assignment....I'll be joining/following you and your art most definately....

Carol said...

Your quilts are amazing! I love crazy quilting and used to do a little of it. I don't do much now as my hands have gone out on me and holding a needle for very long at gives me days of pain. So I paint and crochet and sew a little.

summer said...

I Love your Crazy Quilting! I've never tried it but you've inspired me! Thanks for visiting my blog.
Summer from London

Julie said...

MA, thank you such an interesting post.
My earliest memory of quilting was from an huge, heavy crazy quilt that hung on our rec room wall made from velvets, and heavily embroidered. My mother sold it, I think, but water under the bridge. Your work is wonderful, and allowed me to vividly remember.

Thank you, Julie
Visiting from GYB

Terry said...

Hi Mary Ann!

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog! Your quilting is stunning! You are living my dream. I dream of retiring - I am an elementary school teacher with about 3 more years to go - and having a second career with my fiber art. Thank you for sharing your work and inspiring me to keep going with my dream.

With gratitude,
Terry

Outback Craftaholic said...

Hi Mary Anne. I love your crazy patchwork! It is amazing. Congratulations on your accomplishments with being front cover and being asked to write an article for newbies. It looks to me like CP is taking off again (have seen several projects in local magazines recently) and is something I wouldn't mind working on myself. I've done some before but have not been overly happy with my efforts. Looking forward to seeing more of what you have to share. Cheers, Tracy.

Sami said...

Hi Mary Anne, thanks for joining my blog. You have some lovely quilted pieces, love the bags!

Mel Makes said...

Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog - your quilts are amazing!

Rachael Farmer said...

Woman, you're a GENIUS! Ooooooooooo.......It's not often that I'm so captivated but.....oooooooooooooo........ I so miss working in textiles. I now NEED to get working on SOMETHING to fix this hankering that's now nagging at me. You're an A*W*E*S*O*M*E inspiration - if I could make these things I'd be as happy as my cat in a bucket of cheese! (that's really intensely happy!) SO utterly fantastic to be here - thank you for finding me first! Hugs from Shroo:)xx

Deborah Weber said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and your kind words, and I'm delighted to have made my way round to yours. Your work is fabulous! I have magpie sensibilities myself and crazy quilting seems to suit them well doesn't it - all that variety and sparkling wonderfulness. And what a lovely giveaway. Happy stitching!

Pamela said...

Thank you for visiting. I found the 31 Day Blog Challenge via a fellow blogger - the original post is here - http://allthingsmamamomo.com/31-day-challenge-1-08-28-13/. It was fun and really got me over a bit of a blogging ideas slump. Your work is amazing - such vivid colors and unique designs. I really enjoyed reading your post.

Tamara said...

Hi Mary Anne..
it's nice to meet you. I have always wanted to make a crazy quilt. I love the look of them. All of those lovely stitches and wonderful details. Your work is very beautiful. You're a skilled and talented quilter.
Thank you for the visit and saying hello.

Blessings to you,
Tamara

Dodie said...

Good morning, MA! Thank you for visiting my blog, and I am now following yours! I am looking forward to digging deeper into your blog (and trying to find out what a hussif might be). See you soon!

toniaconner said...

Your quilt on your header is absolutely beautiful. I'm very interested in getting the magazine with your articules for beginners crazy quilters. Is this a e-magazine or a paper magazine. I don't know what Mcloud is. Crazy quilt is something I have always been interested in and have several books on it but have never had a live person to follow. I just met another crazy quilter on this blog hop so between the two of you I might actually get the chance to try and learn something with out quessing. I found guessing as to the instructions does not work. So I'm am following too.
Blessings
Tonia

CYNTHIA CRANE said...

Love your needlework MA! Soooo pretty! Thanks for visiting my blog today. Cindy from TheCranesNest.com

Terri said...

Wow, your quilting is gorgeous! And I really LOVE the picture in your header!

I would love to win this beautiful needlebook. Please enter me and I am a new follower.

Marly said...

I'm visiting from the GYB party. I am amazed by the intricacy of your crazy quilted pieces. I shall be following your blog with interest, as my few attempts have not been successful.

HollyM said...

Wow, I'm awed by your crazy quilting! I especially love the piece in denim. I have a friend who likes crazy quilting. I will send the link to her.
It is fun to be published as well. Quite exciting what can happen to you while blogging.

Lindsay said...

WOW beautiful work

Di said...

Your work is lovely. I would love to be included in your giveaway. And thank you for stopping by my blog. Di@cottage-wishes

Yvonne Motes said...

Hi, Mary nice to meet you as well. your work is beautiful and you can tell you put a lot of love into it. Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a great weekend God Bless.

".E." Lizard Breath Speaks, It's Beth said...

i really love the snowman buttons on your header shot. so so cute. i want some on a vest ... what fun!! ( :

was that a purse ... jean? i need to go back & look again. maybe? maybe not?

thank you for stopping by my blog. hope you are having a great weekend!!

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. I see that you are a very talented quilter and have many interests. How very exciting to have your work published in the calendar too. Thanks again for your lovely visit.
Julie at Julie's Lifestyle

Astrids dragon said...

Thanks for visiting my blog, so nice to visit yours. I love Elly, she's wonderful! I think she needs a sister!

Sheryl S. said...

So pleased to have met you and discovered your beautiful work via this GYB hop. I am your newest follower.

Ariadne said...

Crazy quilting seems so difficult!I am visiting from GYB. Thanks for visiting my blog too.Lovely giveaway!AriadnefromGreece!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Oh my gosh--your crazy quilting is amazing--I especially love the blue and white work in your header--lovely! Your denim work is pretty cool too--glad I stopped by!

Villa-loredana said...

Thanks for your visit, and comment, it is nice to meet you and your blog. All is very interesting, and I enjoy in wandering along your blog. Regards since the next post. Loredana.

Jade said...

Hi Mary! I'm glad you visited :) You're very positive and talented. All the best!
-Jade

Sheila said...

Lovely work , congrats on the magazine and I can see why your work was chosen , it is beautiful !

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

Hello Mary Anne! I am always fascinated by this versatile form of quilting :) Congrats on your important publishing milestone!

Lisa said...

You do such beautiful work! I will follow! You needle book is gorgeous I would be honored if I win!

Judys Fabrications said...

Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog.Congrat's on being features on the cover of Crazy Quilt mag. Love your Crazy quilting.
Your sweet work is a treat to the eye.

Kaisievic said...

Wow, Mary Anne! I think that you can safely say that you have indeed arrived in the world of CQ. Congratulations, such beautiful work. Thanks for visiting my blog as a party goer and please include me in your giveaway. hugs, Kaye

africanaussie said...

thanks for visiting my blog, I am in awe of the work in your header. Whenever I have tried crazy quilting it just looks like a crazy mess!

Carol D. said...

Love crazy quilting and the amount of time work it takes. Great job! Thanks for visiting my blog.

stitch4therapy said...

Hi MA! I am trying to start quilting - if I ever get over my fear of cutting the fabric! haha I had never heard of crazy quilting, and your projects are beautiful. Looking forward to seeing more of them! - Elizabeth

Quinn said...

Hi MA - thanks for visiting Comptonia! I am sloooowly catching up on my blog reading, as chores take much more time in deep snow. But you probably know something about deep snow, don't you?
Your crazy quilting is phenomenal - and what a wonderful way to incorporate all sorts of bits and pieces and textures and colors. I especially love the quilted bags. LOVE the bags!
Thank you for the giveaway opp...my fingers will be firmly crossed. (When I'm not carrying water buckets. Or knitting.)

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Wow, I am in awe, your crazy quilting is amazing! I never would have thought to incorporate cross stitch into it, what a creative idea! Visiting from GYB (finally!), it is taking a while to get around to everyone. I added you to my Bloglovin list, didn't see a button to do that. Thanks for being part of GYB hop.

FeltByRae said...

Fellow GYB-er popping in to say thanks for visiting and your lovely comment

I love your crazy quilting skills... so beautiful and intricate

Rae x

Arianna Macy said...

Your needle book is gorgeous!

Wendy Sylvestre said...

Oh wow Mary Anne, your work is stunning! I'm not a quilter but I love crazy quilting. And I love embroidery. Your work is very inspiring. Congrats on being published! Thank you so much for your sweet visits and comments to my blog. I only got to visiting the last couple of days and I'm happy to have found your blog. I'm going to follow you through bloglovin. Wishing you a beautiful day.

Maria said...

Hi Mary Anne, sorry it's taken me a while to get to visit your blog...your stitching projects are just so gorgeous; the fabrics, the colours the embroidery...all so wonderful!

AFistfulof Lemons said...

Your ribbon embroidery is amazing. I've been intimidated to try it but seeing yours has renewed my interest. Thank you!
- afistfuloflemons @ gmail.

suziqu's thread works said...

I am so thrilled for your Mary Anne that you have had so many visitors to your blog during the GYB party.
Your work is truly inspirational. My favorite being your work learned and presented here from Karen.

Congratulations for being assistant editor to the new Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine and so you should be with your CQ experience over the years.

I appreciate all the wonderful links and inspiration I receive when I come and visit your here.
You are such an important blogging friend and thank you for always visiting my blog too.

Big warm hugs,
Suzy

Jennifer LaVite said...

It is nice to meet you in the GYB hop. I am in awe of your beautiful crazy quilt work. You have a lovely blog and a lot of talent.

Christine said...

It's nice to meet you.
You've made some beautiful things, and I'll definitely be coming back to visit again