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Let’s get Crazy

Crazy Quilting

“I can’t believe how much fun this is!”

My girls did a great job in their first class.

Nice soft colors.

Nice soft colors.

 

Class Projects

My overachiever! Wanda finished 2 blocks.

Great Job!

Great Job!

 

We are all having so much fun!

We are all having so much fun!

Have you ever done any Crazy Quilting? It is so much fun, you can’t make a mistake.

Anything goes!!!!!!!!

 

Crazy Quilt Classes

I will be teaching a series of Crazy Quilt Classes this February at Countryside Fabrics.

Crazy Block 4 (2)

 

I’ve taught this class several times throughout the years. It is my most popular class.

It is a great way to use up scraps and all the embellishments are so much fun to learn.

If there is enough interest another class will be scheduled so if Saturdays don’t work for you let me know and we can schedule a weekday or evening.

Class #1  February 2  10:00-12:00

This class covers all the basics of block construction.

Class #2 February 9  10:00-12:00

Embroidery 101. We will learn and practice some of the most common embroidery stitches to make those seams beautiful.

Class #3 February 16  10:00-12:00

Silk Ribbon Embroidery is beautiful. It works wonders for crazy quilts and is also a nice addition for little accents in signature blocks, labels, apparel, and so much more.

Crazy Block 2 (2)

Class #4 February 23 10:00-12:00

Beading! You will be amazed how much is added when you sew on a small bead. We will cover the proper techniques for sewing beads so they stay on your quilt and look at combinations that will make your crazy quilt a real piece of art.

Send me an email for a class bring list or if you have any questions.

 

 

 

purse

November FMQ challenge

I have to be honest with you. I didn’t think I would be able to finish up the year-long challenge. This time of year gets so busy.

I’ve been doodling in my little book, reading quilt magazines, doing some handwork, and cyber quilting (this means Pinterest, EQ, and Craftsy) but I haven’t been at my sewing machine for weeks.

I finally just grabbed some fabric and batting and followed Sarah Vedeler’s directions for swirls. It was easier than I anticipated. I truly believe this is because of the months and months of practice. The first time I saw swirls I was scared to death, scratching my head and sure I would never be able to do them.

I made this cute little purse out of my challenge piece. It went together in a snap.

One more Christmas present done and a challenge to boot. I’m thrilled!

Swirls are so much fun!

If swirls scare you I highly recommend you follow the tutorials at Sew Cal Gal’s FMQ challenge or if you are a visual learner like me try Craftsy.

It is an excellent platform for learning something new.

  • The classes are very affordable
  • You get to use them FOREVER!
  • You can watch them over and over
  • You can ask the teacher for help if anything is unclear, but they are so packed with information, that everything is very clear
  • You can share with others in your class
  • It is really cool and all accessible from your own home
  • They are on sale now.

I highly recommend the Quilting Negative Space with Angela Waters or the Free Motion Quilt Along with Leah Day.  They are both jam-packed with wonderful free motion quilting tips and techniques. I have taken both and enjoyed them so much. I will watch them again and again.

Online Quilting Class

Packages, How we love them….

 

Little Snowman

Snowman in progress

Two days = Two Packages!

One I was expecting, the other, a complete surprise.

 

The first was a package of wonderful woolfelts. I love working with wools.

I have two classes coming up next month involving wools. I need to make up kits for my students.

Problem…

1. Wool is hard to come by here where I live.

2. It is kind of on the expensive side.

3. Find enough for 30 students. HA!

so I decided to take the plunge and try woolfelt. I have heard it was great, but I am a purist and like to stick with only the real stuff.

My package arrived yesterday. I’m thrilled with what was inside.

Wool Wool Wool

Wool Wool Wool

 

The best part is that Prairie Point Junction is having a sale right now through midnight October 30th. 20% off everything! Check it out for yourself at http://www.prairiepointjunction.com

I’m not affiliated with them or anything, I am just a really happy customer.

 

Here are a few of my wool projects

Poinsetta Ornament

This is silk ribbon embroidery on wool

Star Wool Ornament

Red and Beige Star

 

Now the second package was a complete surprise. I recently had an opportunity to subscribe to a quilting magazine through my local quild. Soon I got a letter thanking me and asking if I would like to get another year for just $12.00. I said yes right away. That is a steal! 6 issues for $12.00!

Anyway yesterday my little package was a thank you for renewing. It contained 3 fullsize spools of sulky rayon threads. These alone probably cost $12.00. What a deal.

Sulky Surprise

Sulky Surprise

This company is taking seriously the advice to take care of your customers. I will definitely recommend them to others.

Got to go now,

Happy Quilting

Michelle