Friday, October 23, 2015

Victorian Boot

I finished my Victorian boot!  It's something I've been working on for several weeks.  It's my first Victorian boot so naturally I obsessed over it.  Since I've been taking these crazy quilting classes on line, I also joined some on-line groups to help with inspiration.

 Crazy Quilters International Yahoo Group is doing a Victorian Boot swap.  It could be any theme you wanted.  Didn't have to be Christmas themed if you didn't want.

My original thought was to do pastels.  But, then I was at Joann's and they were having a sale on some fancy dress fabrics in jewel tones.  So, inspiration struck.

Another peacock.  I know, shocker.  It seems to be my thing recently.
I stitched the bird and used fancy yarns as the tail.

The snow flake is done in a crochet thread that has silver metallic running through it.  I was freaked out using it because it was so think and chunky.
 This floral spray was done with some of the ribbon I dyed on my earlier quilting class.  I dyed the yellow and the coral.
I used Joyful Embellishments FB group and TAST as inspiration for my sections.

The spider web and fan were inspired by Joyful Embellishments.  I did the funky fly stitch above it to mimic the dots on a peacock feather.  It's weird but honestly, what I did first was awful and had to be ripped out.

And, the kicker is ... It's for an exchange.  So, I have to fill it and give it away.  I'm really proud of it.  And, I kinda want to keep it.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Bitch Is Crazy, the Odyssey Continues

Hi there!  I've been deeply embedded into my new obsession.  I've been taking Kathy Shaw's free crazy quilting classes. I'm taking #4 now and I start #5 on  Monday.

This current one is Fabric Embellishments.  My most recent task was embellishing a silkie.  Then, I had to frame it.  Naturally, she wanted us to show that we could frame it in a way that balances the entire block.  Which meant I had to finish the whole block.

Not sure why I made such a big block...
I used Joyful Embellishments on Facebook for some inspiration.  And, Take A Stitch Tuesday.
 I learned how to do all the ribbon embroidery in previous classes.  Same with the spider web.
This wreath was one of the Joyful Embellishments I saw and knew I'd have to use.
 We learned to do monograms in a previous class.  I'm telling you, these classes are amazingly informative!  I do like these ribbon letters.  I tried to do a Laverne and Shirley "L".

The tumbling daisies are from Joyful Embellishments, too.

I had been inspired a few years ago to make a crazy quilt inspired by my life.  The name was going to be Bitch Is Crazy.  I really felt like I needed to know more about the techniques before I got to my life's story. So, I put it off and put it off.
This motif was from Pinterest.  I just searched crazy quilt motifs and this one came up.  I sort of free handed the fines based on the picture I saw.

The giant rose was a woven rose made with ribbon I dyed in another of Kathy's classes.  I also dyed the green leaves, and tiny roses on the silkie.

I used a pink heart bead to try to make a rose bud.  Not sure if I was super successful, but I tried.

So, if you've ever wanted to go on the crazy quilt journey, I HIGHLY suggest you go to and sign up for one of her free classes.  She takes donations, if you feel moved to donate but otherwise the classes are free.  There are a lot supplies to purchase.  Especially the dyeing class.  That  one cost me about $50.  The first one was about $30 but I had absolutely no silk ribbons.  She also requires that you have hoops large enough to cover the whole project.

Thanks for stopping by!  Talk to you soon!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

This and That

I don't think I've shown you my Farmer's Wife blocks yet.  I have 4 total but I can't find the pictures of the first 2.  Who knows what I did...

Anyway, I'm pretty sure these are the only 4 I'll be doing in the foreseeable future.  Paper piecing.  You feel me?    I didn't enjoy them at all.  So, why bother.  I'll let other people do them.  These guys are destined to be poor little orphan blocks.

 I've been trucking right along with Brooke's Publishing's Advent Animals.  She's delayed a few of the latest animals but I'm so far behind, it didn't affect me at all.
 The penguin reminds me of work.  We used to use the penguin on our logo.  Formal wear, get it? Hot cha cha cha.
Pearly Pig is fabulous.  She has the best lashes!

I've also been working on my Crazy Quilting classes.  I started the Thread Embellishment Class.  We've made trees and vines and webs.  I'll share those pictures next time.  And, maybe I'll find my other 2 blocks.

Hope you're having an amazing day!