CRAZY QUILT BUSY MONTH!!!
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.
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:
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