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Shawkl’s ICQC 103 Embroidered M

Shawkl’s ICQC 103 Embroidered M

The lessons for this segment of the intermediate crazy quilt course (ICQC) involve working monograms in a few different styles. The first task is using embroidery. I wanted to challenge myself, of course, so I didn't just use basic stitches. There is nothing fancy...

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Shawkl’s ICQC 103 Wisteria

Shawkl’s ICQC 103 Wisteria

The title of this post claims you'll see wisteria, but in truth, I converted this task to a grapevine because I've never seen wisteria in person (though it is all over my dream house grounds!) but my gramma and grampa had a small vineyard. The premise is still the...

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Shawkl’s ICQC 103 Mixed Media

Shawkl’s ICQC 103 Mixed Media

I am part of the Embroiderer's Guild of America (EGA) through a local chapter, and I recently came across a little hedgehog-on-a-log piece that Terry Vanderslice designed as an introduction to raised embroidery (also known as stumpwork). I knew I wanted to try it for...

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Shawkl’s ICQC 103 Basic Story

Shawkl’s ICQC 103 Basic Story

My next intermediate crazy quilt class task was to take a basic embroidery motif and then add elements to place the image into a story of sorts. I chose to use a historic cross-stitch rabbit motif graphed by Kim at String-or-Nothing, by using waste canvas. I had this...

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Shawkl’s ICQC 103 Basic Outline

Shawkl’s ICQC 103 Basic Outline

I was fortunate enough to have the day to myself so I set to Kathy's next task which was to add a basic embroidered outline image. I chose ferns, from an image I found on shutterstock, by Anastasia Lembrik. For the stems, the large fern used 4 strands of floss,...

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Shawkl’s ICQC 103 vine and spider

Shawkl’s ICQC 103 vine and spider

The last time I posted about the free crazy quilt course I am enrolled in was way back in March, 2019 (here). My brother stayed with us for two months before he and I left for Africa for two more, and then when I returned, there was so much to catch up on that I've...

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Cat mat mini quilt

Cat mat mini quilt

My oldest cat, Maya, will do anything for warmth. Her second name is Seat Thief - the moment you stand up, or even dare to lean a little off your chair reaching for something, she just appears there instantaneously. She magically transports to your lap without you...

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Shawkl’s ICQC 103 trees

Shawkl’s ICQC 103 trees

As you know, I'm taking my third crazy quilt course offered for free by Kathy at Shawkl Designs. My first tasks were to embroider two trees using different methods. The first method was new to me, twisting threads and couching them down, plunging them through the...

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WIP-TAST-ic Wednesday 44

WIP-TAST-ic Wednesday 44

I've made progress on TAST but I failed to mention last week that I would be out of town for archaeology again this week. I made the right assumption of not having time to sew so I left everything back home. I am enjoying myself here though, and found some beautiful...

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I’m back!

I’m back!

I know my blog has been quiet for weeks - nay, months - now, but I am back home (at least for now). My anthropology project was awesome, and I'll pop over a little note on that blog sometime. So, what crafty news do I have to share? Well, first up, my Heart Mouse...

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WIP-TAST-ic Wednesday 19

WIP-TAST-ic Wednesday 19

I have a lot of progress on my quilt! It should have been finished by now because it was meant to be fast and easy but my imagination is just doing everything it can to slow it down. I am fighting to find the balance! When it is all said and done, you'll see...

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WIP-TAST-ic Wednesday 18

WIP-TAST-ic Wednesday 18

Time traveling, here! I made progress on my rice stitch sampler for TAST, though it was late and I messed up on my argyle sock so I need to pick out some of it and start again. I made progress on my quilt, also. I have most of the bits fused on, though I have to say...

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WIP-TAST-ic Wednesday 17

WIP-TAST-ic Wednesday 17

Ok, I cheated - I forgot to publish this on Wednesday! Nevertheless, here goes. I did not get my TAST project finished last time, but I did make progress. Because I am behind there, and also because I cannot see myself filling up a pennant with the satin stitch, I am...

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Baby EJ quilt

Baby EJ quilt

Our old roomie Chris is having a baby girl and I hosted the shower with the help of another gal. We aimed for a Disney Aladdin theme based on a Pinterest photo we discovered. Of course, ours didn't look as dramatic but considering we barely spent any money at all, I...

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WIP-TAST-ic Wednesday 7

WIP-TAST-ic Wednesday 7

First, let me be straight with ya'll. I have no TAST to show! My sweeter-than-pie kitty Maya is finally getting her nose-breathing woes checked out at the Purdue vet hospital far away from here so we spent the day down there with her. They have her until possibly...

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WIP-TAST-ic Wednesday 5

WIP-TAST-ic Wednesday 5

I had intended to show you a WIP of a snazzy foundation-pieced project today, but I decided to postpone starting that until I had the proper tools. I only recently heard about an "add a quarter ruler" so when that showed up in the instructions, I bit the bullet and...

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Ohio star block

Ohio star block

A shout out goes to Carol at Rocking Chair Quilts for this post! I visited her shop as part of the 2016 Illiana Shop Hop and in her goodie bag was an Ohio star block pattern with enough fabric to make it. She told us that she selected the pattern because it was the...

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Cam’s quilt

Cam’s quilt

I completed my first non-rag quilt for my nephew's high school graduation. The kind of quilt where cutting straight and sewing straight matters. I asked Cam to pick four coordinating colors (without knowing why) and he said black, white, dark blue, and bright green....

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quilted pillow

quilted pillow

I whipped up a pillow today for my mother-in-law. When she moved to Indy, she gave me a lot of her sewing room items, which included things her mother had worked on. Now that Gayle is moving into her own place back here to be around all us kids, I thought it would be...

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crazy quilt displayed

crazy quilt displayed

My family (mostly my aunt, but also my mom and grammas) made me a crazy quilt when I graduated highschool. It is one of my most treasured possessions. When I lived at my condo, it was displayed prominently above my couch in the living room. This house, however, does...

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