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April 2010

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  My name is Mary Ann Godso. I love the online magazine and have learned a lot from looking at it. I certainly don't have as much time as I would like to just read and create. I made this recently and just love it. It is a different sort of setting for the crazy quilt. I thought some of you would like to see it. I call it "I'm a little bit country".

Thanks for your magazine.


  This is a purse of my own design using upholstery remnants, that I Created while taking a class in SRE taught by Moe, at Gathering fabrics, in Woodenville Wa. (2nd Tuesday of every month, for those that are interested)

The bird was embroidered on a piece of muslin which I cut out and then sewed down to the wisteria patch with DMC floss.

I find embroidering on a separate piece of muslin gives me more control over the overall look of a separate motif, and is an easier way to place a larger motif in a difficult to get to spot or on slippery or plushy fabric such as silk and velvet.
It also gives you more creative input into how and where to place things, as you can move them around to please yourself or to find the balance in a piece.

the Roses and butterfly were sewn using River silks as were much of the other SRE embellishments around the purse.

I also used Gloriana threads (a Silk ribbon and Thread dyer, here in Washington) in some of the seam treatments.

Flora Goodson
  I have just recently discovered CQ by browsing online and decided to learn by undertaking a small project before tackling a full size quilt. Hence my CQ sewing box:

I have had this sewing box for over 40 years - it was my companion through my growing up years where I kept my crocheting/embroidery items depending on the project I was working on and I could never bring myself to throw it away.

Last month I tried learning CQ by viewing many projects online, reading up on expert guidance, etc. and here is the result - not perfect but OK for my first attempt? I wouldn't mind receiving constructive criticism - I'm all for improving my methods.

Needless to say, I'm also new to your lovely mag - haven't had the chance to view it completely but intend to do so in the near future, especially as I intend to start my CQ quilt!

Thank you, regards,
Celia Leites
PS: I should mention I live across the ocean in sunny Portugal.

  Attached is a heart pillow I made a couple of days ago out of Vintage handkerchief quarters. It's a small cushion for a friend.

Victoria Brown

  My garden is host to gophers, deer and wild rabbits but none eat the daffodils. So in keeping with my garden philosophy "Love what loves me!" I plant lots of daffodils.. I recently did this block and it was an exercise in using different techniques to embellish with daffodils...stumpwork, satin stitch, cross stitch and ribbon embroidery.... And as everyone knows, goldfinches are daffodils with wings!!

Gerry Krueger
  What I did do was to piece the block and then use the sewing machine to stitch around the square so that I'd know where the seam line was going to be. I based the seam treatments on ones I found in Judith Baker Montano's book Elegant Stitches but I made them simpler - the ribbon is laid down with Herringbone and then I went back and added French Knots; there's one with herringbone with Detached Chain Stitches stitched to look like flowers; there a row of Buttonhole Stitch where I varied the length and then added fly stitches and French Knots at the tips; and there's a row of Feather Stitches where I added beads to the tips. I had that big square of purple to fill so I just stitched a flower using detached chain stitches for the petals. I really didn't even plan out what I was going to do for the seam treatments - I just sat down with a bunch of different threads and just grabbed threads to work with.

In terms of putting the biscornu together - I had machine stitched the same size seam on a plain square and just used those two machine stitched seams to hand whip them together (I was afraid it was going to be a nightmare which was why I didn't send it to you to
finish). The hardest part was the seam with the ribbon because the ribbon laid over my seam line. And sometimes I couldn't get my needle under the stitches so I just grabbed fabric with my needle instead of just whipping through the stitches...doesn't seem to make a difference though.

Celeste Chalasani

  Here are a couple of things I have completed recently - a binder cover and a frog.

Binder cover: I received a surprise package in the mail one day with a lovely butterfly silkie and some green satin. It inspired me to make a butterfly garden CQ block, from which I made a cover for the 3 ring binder that holds my print outs of CQ information.

Frog: I needed a draft stopper door quilt and decided on the theme of Frog Alley since the street I live on is known locally as Frog Alley because, before they filled in the swamp, there were many, many frogs here. And the frog sits on a lily pad looking up Frog Alley.

-- Marilyn Nepper


  My Name is Debra Hawkins. I made this quilt square as part of a larger quilt that was being made for our pastors wife. I had the only crazy quilt square on the whole quilt!


  This is Betty Bling, and it looks like she is going someplace really special. I have a real passion for crazy quilting and created this lovely lady out of batik scraps I had laying around for awhile. The crazy quilt hand piecing gives this portrait a cubist feel that I like. I love how the bright colours and beading really pop against the darker background. This was real joy to make.

I love the 50s and early 60s era. Everyone seemed so pulled together back then even when they may not have been inside. The pill box hat was a wardrobe must for the well dressed woman in those days. And those earrings! Almost everyone's mom or grandma had a pair of those huge clip on earrings, and of course no lady would be seen in public without her ruby red lipstick on.

M. Curry
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


Title: “Betty Bling”
Date: February 2010
Size: 16 x 16 inch (41 x 41 cm)
Medium: Hand pieced crazy quilting, batik cotton, silk, machine embroidery, hand beading.

  A member of our quilt group in Berea Kentucky initiated a blind crazy quilt round robin in 2009. Each participant created a crazy patchwork block approximately 12" square. This block was passed around to each participant to embellish. The person was not to see their block until it had passed around to everyone in the group, We enjoyed this round robin so much we have already initiated round two. The pictures attached are of each person's block after completing the circle. These will be prepared for hanging and placed on display at Berea's annual Quilt Extravaganza in the Appalachian Fireside Gallery.

Thank you,
Linda Murdoch
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