Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Meeting Cheryl

One day last week, early in the morning, I went to a hotel in town to meet Cheryl Lynch. She was visiting from Pennsylvania, on a tour of Israel with a group from her synagogue. We had a wonderful time showing each other our work and getting to know each other. 

You must check out Cheryl's blog, Cheryl Lynch Quilts, and her website. Cheryl was once on The Quilt Show (episode #811) to teach about the Mexican tiles piecing technique that she wrote about in her book "Quilt Fiesta!".  

And, now, Cheryl has another book coming out in April called "Sew Embellished". The link will take you to Amazon where you can see examples of some of her pieces that she shows in the book. I was lucky to actually hold those very creative and adorable pieces of work in my hands last week. Everything Cheryl makes is so much fun!

Stay tuned, because the publisher and Cheryl are planning a blog tour for around the time that the book is being released.



Thursday, February 23, 2012

TAST Week 8

A member of a small, private email list of quilters that I belong to had a stroke a couple of weeks ago. We and other quilter friends of hers are having a "block shower" for her and sending her blocks to cheer her up while she is going through all kinds of therapy. The rules are to make hearts and/or elephants (she collects anything elephant),  use a cream background and make the block either 6, 9, or 12 inches. I have images that I downloaded some years ago of many old and public domain embroidery patterns. I found this cute elephant. Isn't it adorable? The block is 9 inches.
When Sharon announced the TAST Week 8 a few days ago, I had just finished the flowers, which, incidentally, use last week's lazy daisy/detached chain stitch. So, when I saw that this week's TAST is chain stitch, I decided to stitch the elephant with it, rather than a plain stem stitch. The background is unbleached muslin.



Friday, February 17, 2012

TAST Week 7

Really quick and short post just to report in with a photo of the TAST 7 stitching that I did this week. The stitch is the detached chain stitch, sometimes known as the lazy dazy stitch.

Have a good weekend.


Thursday, February 9, 2012

TAST Week 6

This week's TAST 6 stitch is the chevron stitch. I decided to spend less time on it this week and make just a short experiment. Here's what I tried this week. It came from the Embeadery book in my list below.

I've been going through my crazy quilting books to see different things done with the stitches in the TAST. I was surprised to find that I have nine different books on the subject! Here's a list:

Crazy Quilt Stitches(1981) by Dorothy Bond
The Crazy Quilt Handbook (1986) by Judith Montano
Elegant Stitches (1995) by Judith Baker Montano
The Magic of Crazy Quilting (1998) by J. Marsha Michler
Crazy Quilting (1998) by Christine Dabbs
Treasury of Crazy Quilt Stitches (1999) by Carol Samples
Motifs for Crazy Quilting (2002) by J. Marsha Michler
Embeadery-Using classic embroidery stitches in beadwork (2005) by Margaret Ball
Embellishing Crazy Quilts (2011) Kathy Seaman Shaw

I have a good number of other embroidery and beading books, but these are the ones that focus on crazy quilting. 



Sunday, February 5, 2012

TAST Week 5

Here's my version of the herringbone stitch for TAST Week 5

This time I used a template from Kathy Shaw's book, Embellishing Crazy Quilts. First I drew the zig zag line and then added the dots on either side for the stitching from the template. Actually, I printed the template from images that I had saved of templates that Kathy shares on her yahoogroup, Shawkl Blog Files.

When the TAST began, I started to look through some of my crazy quilting stitches books. I was surprised to find (so far) that I have seven books on the subject! I will make a list of them to post with next week's TAST.