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Tuesday, January 05, 2016

A hodge podge of miscellaneous mumblings and announcements

Because I've been being a bit social the past couple of days, it means that there hasn't been much happening on the stitching front.  After Christmas I started working on another hussif and I do have some progress to share, but pictures didn't get taken early this morning and now it's too dark.  Fingers crossed for tomorrow! 

I've noticed many people are posting about their creative plans for the year and so thought I'd mention a couple of things I have planned (b'sides, if I say it here, then I'm committed, right?).  As I said above, I've started on another hussif, which I'm sure you are getting heartily sick of seeing, but oh well.  I'm obsessed.  What can I say?

My 'big' project over the winter is to tackle my pile of 'white' fabric bits and bobs that are taking up a large corner of my sewing room.  The plan (if you can call it that!) is to throw down a queen-sized thrifted sheet onto my living room floor and then throw bits and pieces of my white stash in the same general direction with the thought in mind of then pinning them down, adding some bits of lace here and there, and then stitching the lot down with my machine.  Sort of like an over-sized crazy quilt, but without the hand embroidery.  I have two sheets - one plain and the other has a beautiful lace trim (that one will become the backing).  Rather doubt there will be any sort of batting because I think it will be quite heavy enough as it is.  Now the questions arise....will my aching knees survive all the crawling about on the floor AND will it end up looking like anything OR something the dog barfed up.  Stay tuned....  (or not, depending on how brave you are).

In the meantime, some announcements and mumblings....

1.  Pam Kellogg has put out the call for submissions for summer-themed items for the 'Crazy Quilt Quarterly' magazine.  She is looking for anything you might have created with a summer theme and/or articles and how to's.  Please do send in pictures of what you've done and consider writing a small article about your crazy quilt creations.  We would all love to see!  You can go HERE for further information.

Please don't forget the 2017 crazy quilt calendar contest too!  We are anxious to see your lovely creations so remember to check out the submission guidelines HERE and get your needles busy!!

And here's a little teaser of the cover art for the spring issue (available Feb. 1st).  I can happily tell you that it's another winner!

2.  There's a nice tutorial HERE for making mittens out of old recycled sweaters.  

3.  If you go HERE you can find a handy chart for needle size conversions & uses and if you go HERE there's a chart telling you how many triangles, hexagons and diamonds you can get from fabric yardage.

4.  There's a tutorial here for making the cutest little birds nest (out of wire).  I think it would be perfect on a crazy quilt piece too!!

The quote today comes from an unknown origin... "The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be"


  1. You continue to find very interesting and useful links. Thank you. 2016 will be an amazing year dear...

  2. That sounds like a fun project!

  3. I will stay tuned in to see how the white 'thing' progresses, hope your knees and back stay healthy.

  4. Love the sound of your new project Mary Anne and I hope your knees survive! Looking forward to watching your progress! Christine x

  5. Oh, I hate all those blocked drains...
    I loved your hussif, especially all those cross stitching are adorable...I recently started to make a little wall-hanger for my studio, almost same motifs on it too:))

  6. Happy New Year!!
    Hmm, rather than put the sheet on the ground and throw your white bits on it and then crawl around pinning them. Could you hang the sheet up on a design wall and do a little bit at a time? It would save your knees as well as giving you a good view of what you were working on.

    Can't wait to see what new projects you'll get up to in 2016. :-)

  7. That sounds pretty exciting! Sheet and fabric throwing - may become a Olympic sport - if it all works out! hee..hee...

  8. love your plan to throw bits of white cloth at your sheet...very often they are the pieces which work best. My knees are out in sympathy with yours though...


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