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. 
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Next Northcott Fabrics will be giving away 3 fat quarters from the Surfs Up collection.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
And here is a chance to win Terial Magic (2) 24 oz bottles (1 winner per bottle) Must be willing to pay shipping cost.  
USA Priority Mail: 6.75
Canada: 15.50
International: 23.50

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

a Rafflecopter giveaway
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!
March 17
March 20
March 21
March 22

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:

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
below is a quilt that was entered into a quilt guild contest.  The theme was "favorite movies"
See, I am getting more and more 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. 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!

March 24

 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!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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! 
 I have sent a private message for your address, once I receive a response I will contact Quiltmaker to send your magazine.

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


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 Quilty Pleasure's Blog by Quiltmaker

Have a Kwilt Krazy day!!!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Christmas Is In My Heart! Giveaway Too!!

Hi everyone!  First let me give a big shout out to Marina at Seams to be Sew for once again coordinating all the fun.  Thanks again to Fat Quarter Shop, they are giving away a $25.00 gift certificate each day of the hop. You can sign up for a chance to win at any blog that is showing the entry box.  Just leave a comment at each blog for an entry. Be sure to check out Christmas is in My Heart blog hop every day.

Well for me Jesus is the Reason for the Season.  When I thought about the title Christmas is in your Heart, He was the first thing I thought of.  I decided I would again do a thread art wall hanging.  I searched for a picture to use from the internet and came up with this one.

I saved the picture to my computer and then used a free online tool that will change pictures to sketches.  Photo 2 Sketch  You can upload any photo you would like to change to a sketch.  I then blew up the picture and printed it off in 4 separate 8 1/2 x 11 pieces and taped them together to complete the larger size.  I used a light box and #2 pencil to trace the major component lines onto muslin fabric.  I am very happy with the way it turned out.

I used black thread to free motion embroidery all of the details and then used colored pencils to add color.  Finally, I used clear textile medium and a small paint brush and brushed the entire drawing, let it dry, and heat set with an iron. I had a fat quarter sitting around that always reminded me of stained glass.  I thought it would be perfect for the border.

Jesus has blessed me and my family so much.  My days have not always been perfect. I have learned and will continue to learn when going through difficult times. I am a cancer survivor and there are many other not so fun stories in my life but, I "know" He has always been by my side and even carried me through any hard times.  Thank YOU Lord!!!  I hope however you celebrate this time of year that you have a wonderful blessed holiday!  Big HUGS to you all!

Thanks to the Fat Quarter Shop "I" WON a $25.00 gift certificate during the Halloween Hop.  Check out what I got :)  Wha-hoo Downton Abbey Fat Quarters.  The show is ending whaaaaaaa.

Ok, now "YOU" could win a $25.00 gift certificate as well.  Leave a comment below and hop on over to the other blogs for even more chances to win.

All giveaways start at midnight est Rafflecopter Time and end at 11:59 pm est Rafflecopter Time.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Don't forget to stop by all the other sites today!


If interested come back tomorrow.  I have a block in Quiltmaker's 100 Block magazine and tomorrow is my day of that blog.  Quiltmaker will be giving away an issue of 100 Blocks from each blog participant.