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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

What a year it has been...................

This year has been both so very good ( the birth of our first grandchild, Finn), so very worrying (as both my parents have been very ill) and so very, very busy (teaching wise). And while I do love teaching embroidery and crazy quilting, I do find it tiring.
This year, along with my classes that are on going at the Patchwork Angel and Maleny Magic, I have travelled from Charleville to Norfolk Island. I have enjoyed teaching people from across Australia.

But, I am now "teached out". I still have 8 classes to go and then its Christmas with my little family.

Glorious Finn.

Stunning Norfolk Island...................

What a pleasure it was teaching on this gorgeous island.

My favourite beach on the island - Emily Bay - perfect for swimming (which I absolutely love to do)

Its an island with the most fascinating history.

I have made all the samples for this years classes so I decided that I would like to "finish" a sane quilt. I looked at my pile of quilt tops (most are vintage, so they will need soaking etc) - too much like hard work, I thought.

A few years ago, I cut all my ugly fabrics into 31/2'' squares. Most of these fabrics I have had for about 30 years !!!!

I simply turned the squares into a half square triangle scrap quilt.

I basted ...............

On my patio.................

I decided to quilt it with Perle #8 ( and, yes, I do work in a mess)

I collected my quilting tools -  and no, those are not condoms!!!!

I found this perfectly ugly little sewing basket a while back at an op-shop.

I had lots of HST left so I simply covered hexagon papers with them - I also love EPP - and turned them into this!

I am so enjoying getting back to hand quilting.

And for those of you who so kindly ask about why I have not blogged for a while, I have had a lot on my mind. I promise to be better at it next year.
Jenny C

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A quick post....................

 After all the excitement of the birth of my first grandchild, I am now packing to travel to Charleville to teach for a few days, I thought I would quickly post some photos of Deb's work.

Please enjoy her interesting and vibrant work.

Thanks for sharing your work, Debs. See you soon.
Jenny C

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Something special - crazy hexagons

A few months ago I was contacted by Margaret from Canberra telling me that she was doing some crazy hexagons. She very kindly told me that she was using the hexagon patterns and finishing technique from my book "Foolproof Crazy Quilting".
As my son and DIL live in Canberra, I got to meet Margret and see some of her outstanding embroidery - not just crazy quilting.
Recently, the Canberra Embroiderers guild had a retrospective of her work - 70 years of embroidery. Oh my gosh, how I would love to have seen all her work in the flesh. Sadly, I could not.

Thankfully, she sent me some photos and was more than happy for me to share her work.

I just need to make it very clear, that I had nothing to do with Margaret's embroidery or embellishing of  her hexagons. All of the creativity showcased are hers , Margaret simply used the patterns and the finishing technique from my book.

Please enjoy her magnificent work.

Many thanks, Margaret, for allowing me to share your outstanding work.
Hopefully, I get to see you next time I am in Canberra vising my very new grandson.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Deb B's embroidered pincushion

Apologies for the "not great" photos BUT you can see still the beautiful work Deb did on her pincushion.

I while back I suggested that I teach some Brazilian embroidery

Deb was one of my "students" who took up the challenge.

On black linen, the embroidery really stands proud.

Crochet flower is the crowing glory!

Such beautiful work, Deb.

Till next time.
Jenny C

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Elenore's elegant crazy

As I said in the previous post, I am taking advantage of sharing some of my students work as I have it on hand after my trunk shows.

Here is Elenore's very beautiful work.
She came to my classes as a very proficient embroiderer, as is evident in her work.