CQJP2015 Peacock Project

CQJP2015 Peacock Project
Only four out of 12...in progress

Wednesday, April 4, 2018


March was a fun and busy month for me in my favorite passion...Crazy Quilting!!!

First, another successful and fun class with  New Knowledge Adventures!The class was on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons with a total of 12 hours. 

With 9 students we were on a roll. I had the table behind me covered in packets of fabrics and after talking a little about color theory, I had the students choose their own color choices!
Each week I would have the table covered with different projects I have done over the years to give the ladies ideas of how to embellish.
One of the first things I teach them, is to let the creative genie out of the lamp, and not copy cat me!!! Just because I do a stitch a certain way, does not mean that is the only way to do the stitch! It was really fun watching their creativity come to the surface!

Barbara did a great job in purple, love the stars! She especially loved my peacock blocks for she has wild peacocks in her yard!!!
 Bobbie won the drawing for a giveaway of a Judith Baker Montano book, the first one I ever had!

Diane was my facilitator, and the second time she took my class! Her skills are really shaping up and this is a special gift she is making! 
 Joyce is a neighbor and really picked up well on being creative with her embellishments!

 Mary Lou, another winner, this time of our Crazy Quilt Quarterly, also has gained a great grasp of embellishing!

Patti, who has also taken my class before, and a golfing buddie! has really developed her grasp of colors and embellishing!!!

Well done ladies all, and look forward to more stitching time together in our local library later in April and May!

This month was also a Trunk Show Presentation for Bannock Historical Society on March 20th! What a fun time I had and I think so did the audience. Here's what they had on their website for the event: 

Crazy Quilting by B.J. Sandusky. Brenda Sandusky will be giving a presentation for the Bannock County Historical Society on the history of crazy quilts and her personal journey with the art of crazy quilting.  Brenda has been crazy quilting since 1997 and her journey continues today. She has taken four extensive classes with globally recognized needlework expert and best-selling author Judith Baker Montano, taught basic crazy quilt classes for New Knowledge Adventures and the Pocatello Art Center, and received several awards for her handiwork at the Idaho State Fair. Brenda has also been published in Crazy Quilt Quarterly and participated in their 2015 Crazy Quilt Calendar. For more about Brenda and her journey check out her blog - https://sewkrazzy4you.blogspot.com/ and Flickr site (over 400 photos!) documenting her journey - https://www.flickr.com/photos/60882932@N06/  If you enjoy handwork, this presentation is a must see. There will be examples of Brenda’s art on display for this event.
First I gave them about 20 minute talk on the history of Crazy Quilts. My first question was to ask for a show of hands who knew what crazy quilts are? I was flabbergasted at how many hands went up! I knew I had a great audience.  

Here are my projects I had laid out on the table.
 Above,  the left quilt is one I did for my parents 50th anniversary in 1999. The middle quilt is an old one the my mother-in-law had made years ago, but we didn't know till after she had passed. The last is an antique quilt gifted to me by a friend and shows the art form from the beginning years.

 Again, more of my projects that I showed how many sizes and purposes for crazy quilts.
 Above, many of these, I call my "door knockers"...they are on the front door during the corresponding month!

This piece above, I stared in 2007 as part of my first Judith Baker Montano class. It took me 5 years to finish, and it did get award special recognition at the Idaho State Fair in 2017!
 Above a few more of my projects. The left frame was in the 2015 Crazy Quilt Calendar; while the other one won a ribbon at the Idaho State Fair. 
 The old quilt above and below, is another one my mother-in-law had made, using a number of different traditional blocks, with crazy quilting in between the blocks!
 I started demonstrating the pieces of art with the oldest quilt and talked about how the silk is frayed because of how they were once treated with lead.

Here I am showing my mother-in-law's quilt. It is backed with crazy-quilted flannel.
And here I am showing my piece for my parents!
 This is a fascinating crazy quilt that the Museum has on display all the time. It is beautiful and well done, but alas they don't know who the creator is. It had been featured at the State Fair, so I emailed them and asked if they had any records on it, but they didn't.

This old crazy quilt is also on displayed.
So a great heartfelt thank you to the folks at the Bannock Historical Museum for inviting me to share my crazy quilt journey.

Now, somehow I still had some stitching time to work on my 2020 Challenge, Gospel in the Stars!

This is Pisces ready to be backed with the purple fabric. 
Aries is also ready for backing. And now Taurus is underway.

As usual, thanks for visiting. It has been a fun month and I hope others enjoyed it as much as I did!  You can also follow my journey on my Flickr site

Happy Stitching...

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St. Patty's Day...Hard to believe spring is around the corner already!
This is what we look like today:
I am in the middle of teaching a Basic Crazy Quilt class...pictures after next week! And this week I also will give a talk about the History of Crazy Quilts at the local Historical Museum, again I will include pics later...but for now, I thought I would catch you up on my Gospel in the Stars quilt, which is progressing nicely!!!

Here is a layout of where I am going with this project:

The muslin pieces are laid out to show the next set of blocks to continue with this theme. The center is paper samples to show how the center will be accomplished.

So, I have been busy on the outside blocks. The top right is where I started with Virgo. These blocks will be the main constellation, along with the Decan constellations that help complete the story, which is what Decan means.

So here is Virgo, along with the fabric attached for the backing, which is not finished yet.

These are 9" by 14" blocks. Top and bottom row are horizontal, but the two sides are vertical. My count before starting these was at 819, with this block total count at 43.

Next comes Libra, with a count of 43 also!
Each block will be backed with a new fabric not previously used, with a label on the back.
Scorpio is next, with a count of 44!

Saggitarius is the next, now going vertically, with a count of 37!

Capricorn is the next Vertical block, with a count of 46:

If you look for these stars, they will indicate the count on the constellation circle from ancient days...

I use the same two stars, but each block they will be in a different combo or design!!!

And now Aquarius, with a count of 42, last in the vertical on left side of quilt:

These are what I have completed so far...working on Pisces now. This brings my count to 1074!!!
I am not finishing these pieces till I tackle the center piece. So there's no telling what I may still add before completion!!

Here's all the blocks laid out on the floor...the paper center has moved around, no fear, I know what will go where!!!

This layout will also create four new corners of the quilt. So I have already designed in my head what will go in each of them!!! (Pisces is missing on the lower left, because it is on my table!)

Well, thanks for following my progress on this 2020 Challenge!! This is a fun and challenging project. Stay tuned for more!!!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Yep, 2018 is finally here!! I hope everyone had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!!! Let's make this our year and do some amazing things, agreed?

I don't know what happened to the month of December!! I know I was busying stitching and enjoying the holiday celebrations. First some pictures of our decorations.
Then at night when the lights are on....

Well, as much as I love decorating for Christmas, tomorrow it all gets put away! Hubby already took advantage of our low snowfall this year, and removed all of the outdoor decorations.

 That's not all I accomplished in the month. First, the 18th was our 35th wedding anniversary, so I made my husband a special gift. His mother has been in heaven for 20 years now, so I took some of her fabric, didn't know she was a crazy quilter till after she had passed away! Then I embellished four blocks with some favorite pictures...needless to say, he loved it and had some tears!

Celebrating Mom in Heaven for 20 years; Sandy and I being married for 35 years; and I have been crazy quilting for 20 years!!!
Sandy graduating from college.
Mom playing with a string and Sissy, our deaf cat, who lived till age 17.
We toasted mom's life after the funeral at the Tony's Fish Market on the Beach. When we were back for Sandy's 50th reunion in September we stopped by again, just to get a picture of the setting sun!  

Front of his gift, with all four blocks sewn together. I used her fabrics again for the backing, did each block individually and then sewn together.
Needless to say, he loves it!

Now, it's time to see how my Gospel in the Stars quilt is coming along. As some of you know I am doing this with Sharon Boggon's 2020 Crazy Quilt Challenge!

Each one of the squares have now been backed individually, and will be sewn together. Here are pictures of the constellations and their backs... starting with Virgo...











Last, but not least, Leo...

Then the four corners...first one is called Creation Day 4...

 Next I call Treasures...

Next, on the lower left, is Prince of Peace...

And last corner...God's Glory...

Now this puts me a little over 800 on my count...so I had to keep going! Since there are  48 constellations, 3 for each of the original 12, I knew I could add more...
Virgo, is stitched but not yet backed..
then Libra has been stitched...
Scorpio is also stitched..
And as you can see, they cross the whole top, with Sagittarius and Capricorn coming down the side...The center keeps evolving...these are paper patterns laid out for contemplation.
Well, I am at the point that I will continue making the blocks to go around the quilt again. Not sure of exact count, but am sure over 1000. I have it written down, just haven't added it all up. I will before I start the center, because it will become critical by that time!! 
Thanks for following on my journey. I hope it blesses you as much as this project is blessing me!!
Happy Stitching!