Monday, October 9, 2017

Art with Fabric Blog Hop 2017

Hi everyone!  

First and foremost I want to Thank and apologize to Alida at Tweety Loves Quilting.  I did not complete my project.  I have many excuses but I won't bore you with them all.  Short & Sweet I usually work the best when I have a deadline and start at the last minute under pressure.  I like to work that way.  I have been extra busy with things at The Broken Needle the last couple of weeks.  I was so looking forward to this hop and to actually sit down and have some sew ME time.  Yesterday, (yes down to the last second, bad Wendy) I was working on my project and my Baby Lock "locked" ugh!!!  Check out my lovely video. 

 I spoke with Alida and she said it would be fine to share my WIP.  So here goes 😼



I found this interesting piece of art by Maud Lewis called "Road Block".  I thought it was cute and funny.  I love the cow in the road ha ha.

MAUD LEWIS

(1903 - 1970)

Maud Lewis exemplified the simple life. But simple doesn’t mean dull. The simplicity of her paintings, brushed initially with scrounged paint from local fishermen onto ubiquitous green boards and post cards, continue to evoke feelings of innocence, of child-like exuberance as enduring as the spring times she loved to paint. And today she still captures audiences intrigued by everyday scenes as diverse as hard-working oxen and whimsical butterflies.
Maud Dowley Lewis was born March 7, 1903 in South Ohio, a community near Yarmouth. Her father Jack would provide a moderately prosperous living as a respected craftsman, making harnesses and serving as a blacksmith. Agnes, her mother, favored artistic pursuits including painting, folk carving and music. Born disfigured with sloped shoulders and her chin resting on her chest, Maud led a confined but happy home life after she quit school at 14, perhaps in part to escape the mocking of her peers. “What is life without love or friendship?” she once confided to a friend. Her mother lovingly taught her to play the piano before arthritis crippled her hands. Physical deformity may have been her lot, but even more tragic was the loss of both her parents within two years. Who would care for Maud? Thankfully, an aunt who lived in Digby took her in. There she would later answer a newspaper ad that would determine the course of her life. A man named Everett Lewis wanted a housekeeper for his cottage in Marshalltown. She married him in 1938 at the age of thirty-four and would never travel more than an hour’s drive from her birthplace. “I ain’t much for traveling anyway,” she said later, “as long as I have a brush in front of me, I’m all right.” Cameo cigarettes added their share of comfort as well.
Although short in stature with hands gnarled by arthritis as the years passed, she stood tall when she plied her brush over green-backed particle board. Everett Lewis, a stingy, parsimonious but certainly hard-working man, kept house and made meals allowing Maud to spend most of her time delving into her world of wonder and creating fanciful works of art. Maud gathered images from her happy childhood and limited excursions in a Model T with Everett to paint cheerful images on dust pans, scallop shells and even on her house. They would settle into a routine where Everett enjoyed peddling and haggling over the paintings Maud would love to paint. The happiness she painted first attracted neighbours, then tourists and eventually even international attention. It started with a Star Weekly newspaper article and then a 1965 CBC Telescope program featuring her unique works. Her notoriety began to bloom like the cherry trees that garnished several of her paintings. Orders came in so fast that the paint hardly had time to dry--one reason you may notice fingerprints on some edges of her paintings.
Her style became as fanciful as her subjects. She painted a world often without shadows, autumn leaves on winter landscapes, and even 3-legged oxen. Was she adding humour in her subtle, shy way? Her gentle nature and magnetic smile might give that away. Awkwardly bent over a painting, she may have been squinting and intense, but her inner joy escaped onto her panels with unrivaled determination and vitality. Small wonder her work garnered the attention of even the Nixon White House. Ever pragmatic, Maud wrote to ask that funds be forwarded before she sent the requested two panels to the President! Today her work unequivocally demands status as “important art” in numerous fine-art collections around the world.
Much like her American counterpart, Anna Marie Robertson (Grandma Moses), Maud was uniquely creative, self-taught, specialized in painting everyday rural life, loved animals and appreciated the beauty of nature. Both initially sold their paintings for just a few dollars, but saw their work increase dramatically over the years. The works of Grandma Moses command prices in the $30,000 to $600,000 range. Of comparable quality, Maud’s paintings currently fetch $6,000 to $20,000, holding much promise for the future.
Not formally trained, Maud adopted a style that emerged from inside the heart of a true artist. As such, she could produce images of enduring quality and appeal, images that transformed her maritime surroundings into painted visions. The irresistible charm of her art had triumphed over the arrows of adversity.
- Reproduced with permission from Wayne & Jocelyn Cameron
I used a piece of muslin and sprayed it down with Terial Magic.  I "love" this stuff.  It makes your fabric stiff and you can put it in the printer and print your images.  No need for the fabric sheets that you can buy in packs of 4.  You can make your own!  Costs much less this way too.  Also, there is no need for any stabilizer.  Once you are finished if you want you can wash the Terial Magic out and the stiffness is gone.  Yahoo!


 This is a close up of the couple in the car.  Keep in mind I had planned to do FMQ/Thread Painting on this piece.  I will complete it eventually.


I wanted the cow to stand out so I chose this fabric to applique onto him.


I used my light box and traced a piece of heat & bond lite to the fabric and then fused it to the cow.  I also fused fabric in other areas such as the tree trunk/branches, barn, and planned to do the ladies scarf as well.

To make this piece my own...I added a piece of fabric that had a city print.


I plan to add a few borders around this piece and use different colors to make a kind of crazy art border.


Here is where I started my FMQ on the road.


and here is where I had to stop.......whaaaaa


I didn't get very far with that.  Thank you so much for visiting today.  Again Thank You Alida for inviting me and putting up with me today!  Have a wonderful week everyone!


Friday, March 17, 2017

Irish I was quilting

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Yes, Irish I was quilting. My husband and I opened a quilt and yarn shop in Bunn, NC about 25 miles Northeast of Raleigh. We have been open for 8 months. Fortunately we have been so busy I haven't had much time to make any quilts for myself. I am usually making samples for the shop when I can.  To celebrate Worldwide Quilting Day which is tomorrow, Marian from Seams to be Sew has brought us all together for this wonderful blog hop and a lot of Giveaways.  I have to say I have not blogged for almost an entire year for obvious reasons :)  My sewing room has changed quite a bit. Here is what my new sewing room looks like. 




The upstairs of my quilt shop ha ha. I share it with the customers, "friends".  
At home to keep things organized I like to use old pretzel/snack containers like these...
I remove the label and sort scraps by color in each one.  I also have this rolling cart that I bought from Sam's Club and again I try to sort the scraps by color.
This fishing tackle box makes another great organizer.  I keep buttons, safety eyes, and other small things in it.  Sometimes you can find a tackle box is more inexpensive than some of the  sewing organizers out there.
    I would say that my favorite tool is my electric seam ripper.  Check this out!




You should be able to get one at your local quilt shop. We have these available at our shop or online.  Man oh man does it help.  I hate frogging (rip it, rip it) one rip at a time.  The electric frogger really does come in handy. Thanks to Marian at Seams to be Sew for bringing us all together from all around the world.
Now, do we have some giveaways or what? First you can enter for a chance to win a $25.00 Gift Certificate to my shop, The Broken Needle.  The winner will be announced on Monday.  If the winner is local you may use it in the shop.  If you are not local you may use it online. 
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Next Northcott Fabrics will be giving away 3 fat quarters from the Surfs Up collection.

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USA Priority Mail: 6.75
Canada: 15.50
International: 23.50

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and Martelli Notions - Rotary Cutter with 5 additional blades - Shipping Costs same as listed for Terial Magic


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Lastly Electric Quilt Company is offering 30% off

Promo code: EQHOP2017
The code is good from 3/16/2017 to 3/27/2017
Exclusions: Electric Quilt 7, EQ7 Migration Kit, Upgrade from EQ Mini to EQ7, EQ Mini Migration Kit, EQ Academy classes, and EQ University classes.

Don't forget to check out all the other blogs today and check out Seams to be Sew too for a Free pattern and more giveaways!  Thanks for visiting and have a Kwilt Krazy Day!
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Thursday, May 12, 2016

My American Gothic - Thread Art/Colored Pencil

Thanks so much to Alida @ Tweety Loves Quilting for inviting me to join this artsy blog hop.  This has really made me step into something different.  I usually like abstract art.  Anything that is kind of on the odd side, weird, and out there.  However, since I live in the country the first piece of recognizable art that came to my mind was American Gothic by Grant Wood.

Here is the painting.

And here is MY American Gothic!

I believe this is the 4th time I have done a thread art/colored pencil piece.  I really enjoy it and I think I get better each time.  What a neat idea Alida.  Thanks again for inviting me.  If you would like to learn more about the painting see below.  Check out the other sites today that are sharing their Art Quilts!

Thursday, May 12th, 2016


Friday, May 13th, 2016


American Gothic is a painting by Grant Wood in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. Wood's inspiration came from what is now known as the American Gothic House, and his decision to paint the house along with "the kind of people I fancied should live in that house." The painting shows a farmer standing beside a woman that has been interpreted to be either his wife or his daughter.[1][2] The figures were modeled by Wood's sister, Nan Wood Graham, and Wood and Graham's dentist. The woman is dressed in a colonial print apron evoking 19th-century Americana, and the man is holding a pitchfork. The plants on the porch of the house aremother-in-law's tongue and geranium, which are the same plants as in Wood's 1929 portrait of his mother, Woman with Plants.[3]
It is one of the most familiar images in 20th-century American art, and has been widely parodied in American popular culture.[1]

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Quilt Qwazy Queens

Hi Everyone! First I am sew sorry, my day was supposed to be yesterday.  I was on vacation in the Tennessee mountains and tried to post for over an hour.  I think there was a really slow internet connection at the hotel.  It kept crashing. Now, I am back to civilization.  Time to go back to work too whaaaa. Thanks SO MUCH to Marian at Seamstobesew  for continuing to be our host and bringing us all together.


During this blog hop, the Fat Quarter Shop is giving everyone who purchases something at their shop at 10% discount.When you check out, just use the coupon code of:

seamstobe316
It is not good on gift certificates, so if you happen to win one of the $25.00 gift certificates, the 10% off will not be given. The coupon is good for 1 purchase for each customer.


When I saw the name of this hop you know I "had" to join.  Heck, I AM "Kwilt Krazy".  I have been quilting for about 4 years. I had a machine that my Mom bought me many years ago.  I tried to sew not knowing what in the world I was doing and kept getting frustrated so I gave up and then it just sat and collected dust.  One day a co-worker was showing me all of her crafty projects and some of them involved sewing.  She inspired me to pull out that old dusty thing and I was determined to learn all about it. I decided to take a quilt class and then I was hooked. I still can't believe all the times, in the beginning that I would look through magazines wishing I could make those beautiful quilts.  Now, I can look through and think "oh I could do that" : )  
Here is a little quilt tour:

My very first quilt. I remember I had no clue how to pick out fabric so I had a lady at the shop pick them out for me.

This is my second quilt.  A lovely lady and now a very dear friend taught me all I know about quilting.  She taught a group of us twice a month and I quilted with them for 2 years.  

Next I decided to join Quilts for Kids.  I love making quilts to give to those in need.  It makes it sew much more worth it. Below is another that I made for orphaned children in Africa.


Here are a couple of my favorite quilts.
Batman for one of my twin granddaughters
and
below is a quilt that was entered into a quilt guild contest.  The theme was "favorite movies"
Grease!!!
See, I am getting more and more obsessed...Krazy....as I learn more and more.  Sometimes Krazy is a good thing.  I can't believe that I have now made a design that was recently in Quiltmaker 100 blocks.  If interested check out my previous post to see that block design. Lastly I want to show you this sampler quilt that I designed just for this hop.  Since I started my blog I have had this image in my mind of a lady all flustered and Krazy with quilt blocks all around.  LOL...my vision is now a reality.  
 Here are some close up shots of some of the blocks. Now I need a photography class ha ha.
Bear Claw

Rail Fence

Flower Basket


I didn't get my binding finished but I am sew glad I was invited to share this with you.

  Now for a great giveaway from...
 Everyone that leaves a comment below will be entered to win this cool book, Thanks to C&T Publishing!  If you are a no reply blogger please leave your e-mail address in your comment.  Marian will need this information to contact you if you win.


  Check out the name of it ;)  Krazy huh?  Good Luck everyone.  Don't forget about the 10% discount at
 Check out these other neat blog sites today!

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 Don't forget to go back to Marian's site seamstobesew for FREE patterns, another giveaway and more!  Thanks for hopping by and Have a Kwilt Krazy Day!





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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Congrats WINNER Karrie S. Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Magazine

I have chosen a winner using random generator. Congratulations to Karrie S. for her comment
LOVE your block! Congrats! 
-karrie
 I have sent a private message for your address, once I receive a response I will contact Quiltmaker to send your magazine.
http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/

Thanks to everyone for commenting! If you would like to purchase a copy you can visit this link to quiltmaker's quilt and sew shop.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

TTMT#9

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 12 Blog Tour

Yippee!! This is my very first time in the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Blog Tour. The magazine hits newsstands today! I love 100 Block's magazine.  I think I have them all LOL.  Having 100 designs in each issue, there is definitely something for everyone.  Every technique you can think of and something for every level of quilter.


I have been quilting for about 4 years.  As my blog name states, I am a little crazy.  I have all kinds of crazy ideas "swimming" around in my head.  I received EQ7 as a gift from my husband and I was playing around with different shapes and all of a sudden one looked like a fish to me.  So, I got a crazy idea to have two fishies kissing.  Then I thought, Hey what about a crab looking up at the smooching couple.  So, here is is my block design.  You can find it on page 31, block #1148.

 Thank You Quiltmaker for allowing me to share with everyone.  Here it is again using different fabrics.

 You know I said before that I was crazy right?  Well, check this out.  I was trying to think of a quilt I could design from this fish block. I thought this block represents a big ocean with lots of sea creatures. Why not zoom out from the fish and see who else is watching the scene.
Here is the design in EQ7.

  Ha ha! It looks like we have a seahorse, jelly fish, clam, starfish, and lastly a bird dipping his head in for a view.
Here is the finished quilt!  The quilt is on page 78.



 The quilt was pieced by me and quilted by QuiltLizzy.  Thank You for hopping by and if you would like, you can follow me.  I need someone to talk to ha ha.

Now for a Giveaway!

Quiltmaker is the sponsor and they are giving away a free copy of this magazine. Shipping anywhere! In order for a chance to win just leave a comment below.  I will randomly select a winner at the end of the hop.

Check into the hop each day for more chances and to see other wonderful designs from other blogs. 
Here is the link..to Quilty Pleasure's Blog by Quiltmaker


Have a Kwilt Krazy day!!!

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