Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | May 1, 2015

CQJP calendar

Another month quickly passed and not much work to show for it.

Here is my CQJP block from last year, converted to the calendar.  So far I’ve seen a block daily, where had I made a small quilt of the blocks, they would have been out of sight.   At the year’s end I’ll have to think again what to do with the pages.


Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | April 30, 2015

SCC Round Robin 2015

I’ve completed my work on Alison’s block. The first photo shows the section of butterflies – double Detached chains and Bullions and stems of Coral Knots and Detached chains.  At the base I added Straight and Fly stitches with tiny French Knots in 2mm silk ribbon.

Threads used were DMC rayons, and Cottage Garden threads-‘Dandelion’  The ribbon happened to be the same tones as the CGT.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANext I added the Stumpwork figs, from Jane Nicholas book and my own leaves.  Beneath the figs is a DMC  Feather stitched vine with small flower buttons.

The last photo shows a seam of DMC Chain stitches with Detached chain flowers.  These are alternated with threads of CGT ‘pimpernel’ (not that it’s easy to see) and 2 Rajmahal varities.

To the right I added 2 flower motifs and silk ribbon leaves.

And here to date, is the full block with a garden theme.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy camera is not giving the correct colours- due I think to a dying battery..that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

The colours are so vibrant and it’s a shame I can’t show the block at it’s best.  Please click on the picture as it does improve the colours.

I added a few more flower motifs to the bottom right corner to fill the space.

One more person to work on the block then it returns to Alison who will add some herself.


Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | April 22, 2015

In our garden

Male kangaroos in our garden

Male kangaroos in our garden

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe often have kangaroos call in to crop our grass but I noticed yesterday there were no females.  Not all are in this photo- there were 18…generally we’d get about half that.

Apart from cropping DH’s fruit trees,  they are a blessing in that they eat the grass and save lots of mowing time.

We throw bread to them and while semi tame, I have never seen a big one stand upright, balancing on his tail, so close to me. He appears to be some distance from me but it was only 4 feet back.  I was on the verandah taking the shot and so I estimate he was 6 feet high.

I don’t wholly trust them; they can balance on their strong tail and can use their long sharp-nailed feet to kick out if frightened -which can be dangerous.

During school holidays or over summer they retreat to their own area as they prefer the quiet to a busy township.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | April 11, 2015

Southern Cross Crazies RR

I am about to begin work on Alison’s CQ Round Robin block but before this I am posting the work of the previous embroideries.   This is the first Round Robin Dianne and Jean have been in and are enjoying it. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADianne stitched the Rose vine with silk ribbon and Fly stitch stems. The ric-rac is alternately woven with a green and  a lilac thread and French knots. The willow trunk is Chain stitched and leaves of Fly stitches. – I love trees. The seam above is Beaded Alternating Fly stitch. The next photo shows her spider and web.  Alternating Up and Down Buttonhole with Detached Chains and Chain stitch supporting her cute bird in a cage. The seam to the right is Herringboned silk ribbon.


Jean’s first photo shows her beautiful Bullions and Detached Chains.  The leaves are Fly stitched and the stem..Stem stitched.  I love the use of the matching threads for the bow.  Beads and side flowers of Straight stitch are lovely.             The seam below is of beads and tiny Straight stitched leaves. The corner section has a horseshoe caught down with green Detached Chains and Detached Chain Cast-ons.  Below is a seam of Beaded Chain stitch.   To the right Beaded Alternating Fly stitch.  French Knots, Detached chain, beads and a little heart. Lastly but not least is a heart with the Tiniest, finest, Detached Chain Cast-ons I’ve ever seen.  I needed my magnifier to make sure what I saw, was what I thought the stitch to be. Straight stitched leaves and Fly stitch twigs and beads completed the heart..

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | April 1, 2015

SCC – round robin

Block for Dianne

Block for Dianne

 This is the second block I have worked on, in the Southern Cross Crazies Round Robin.  The theme is ‘Garden’.

I added the lowest seam of long tailed Fly stitch with DMC green thread and Sassa Lynne variegated Straight stitches and Detached Chain leaves

A group of roses, Fuchsias, Forget-me-nots and Lavender.

Next to these is a silk ribbon rose vine.  The stem is Whipped Chain -DMC thread and Fly stitch leaves.

A dragonfly.   A row of DMC half daisies and another vine of Delica beaded wisteria.  The stems were Whipped Stem stitch and the leaves Detached Chain both using DMC threads.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is Jean’s first Round Robin.  RRs are a great way to learn first hand how other people’s crazy quilting looks.  Far better than seeing a photo.

 Jean added the 2 seams and the little shrub and flowers.  The French knots are lovely.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I love Jean’s variegated thread Bullions, which are so neat.  Beside these are her woven roses.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  My photo does not do these justice.

In the top corner Jean added some stars to the sky.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | April 1, 2015

April 2015 – calendar

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnother of the CQJP 2014 blocks now used as my monthly calendar.  I hope everyone enjoys the month of either Spring or Autumn in your own country.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | March 15, 2015

Fibre Fever group- A swap and a gift.

Miriam and I swapped postcards with a Hippie Theme.  The gorgeous bus was created by Miriam and my flowers had a life of their own and took over the postcard.  This was a fun swap.

Hippie Swap

Hippie Swap


Mystery swap by me

Mystery swap by me

Mystery swap from me

Mystery swap from me

Helina's Mystery postcard

Helina’s Mystery postcard

Mystery Swap

Our challenge for this was to choose 5 numbers between 1 -50.  Mine turned out to mean I added a piece of green fabric,

a Question Mark, A crochet piece, A Square and French Knots.

I attached a black square that hid green leaves beneath.

Helina’s choices were to add Yarn, Lilac fabric, Hand embroidery, Lips and the Letter ‘H’

More fun involved here making postcards.

Along with Helina’s card, she sent for me and my DH what you see in the next photos.  How fortunate could we be?    They fit like they were measured for us and are soooo comfortable and warming.  Helinä tytär ,thank you so much .


socks made by Helina

socks made by Helina

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | March 15, 2015

Southern Cross Crazies – round robin

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFive of us are working on 12″ blocks.  This is my work on Jean’s block

A hand dyed butterfly motif with beads.   Green braid and tiny flower buttons.  Below this I added a spider and web.  The seam was made with Fly stitch and Detached chain leaves.

I made Blackberries of French Knots and a few Mill Hill Delica beads to highlight them and the flowers were Long and Short stitched. with one plain pink DMC and one variegated CGT

I stitched the flowers on a felt shape by Buttonholing the edge then working the L/S stitches back into this- leaving a thicker edging.  Stems of Rope stitch

I used Cottage Garden Threads for all the variegated embroideries.   and lastly Chain stitched seam,  Straight and Fly stitches with sequins and yellow beads completed the work.


Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | March 1, 2015

CQJP Calendar- March 2015

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy page for March, created during the CQJP 2014.

Kathy Shaw is currently running an Intermediate course.       March 1st is the cut off day for registering.

Intermediate Crazy Quilt Course (ICQC)101-Piecing Crazy Quilt Blocks

More information here

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | February 1, 2015

SCC – Round Robin

One project that begins next week is a Round Robin in the Australian group, Southern Cross Crazies. There are to be 5 ladies working on the 12″ block.  We have one month to work on a block portion before passing it on.

Some years ago I made a similar block in a RR there, and within a half hour of receiving the finished block I had made it into a tote bag, which was much admired for the embroidery on it – none by me.

Over time of heavy use some of the threads broke and the central button and some charms were lost, so I decided it is time for a new tote bag. Top photo obviously.

An old SCC round robin - tote bag

An old SCC round robin – tote bag

Southern Cross Crazies- Round Robin block

Southern Cross Crazies- Round Robin block

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