Friday, June 1, 2018

June 2018



June is here already!

My goals for June are simple.

I aim to share at least one blog post a week.
Those will include the progress made on QS Red Hearts in April
and made on Fractal White Tiger in May.

My only other goal in June is to share a sketch of a treasure chest.
Someone on Facebook expressed interest in creating one.
I will be sharing the sketch this weekend and working on a tutorial
as much as time allows.
My youngest is graduating from high school, 
so life is extra busy and full of memorable moments!

I wish you all a wonderful weekend!
-Renee

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) Sent and Received


Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine hosted a 2018 ATC Swap. 
(An ATC is an Artist Trading Card.) 

For shipping reasons, the swap was only open to residents of the United States. Entries needed to be received by January 31st. 


I created 3 ATCs for the swap.
My ATC tutorial shared step-by-step instructions for creating "The Blue Spider" (pictured above.)


"I Love Good Coffee" was a fun way to use several scraps of fabric in my stash from the Clothworks "Have a Latte" fabric line designed by Dan DiPaolo.


And I was delighted to hear that "Spring Tree" was received by my blogging friend at Createology

The ATCs I received from the swap arrived in the colorful envelopes shared at the beginning of this post.
Here they are, shared in the order in which I opened them.


"Bonjour"
This beauty was created by Paula Brown.
I was surprised to learn it was her first miniature crazy quilt piece.
It is absolutely lovely! 



"Spring"
This beautiful ATC was created by Lisa Buckley.
Fun Fact: I have another beautiful piece of work Lisa created from the very first fabric postcard swap I participated in through the Yahoo CQ for Newbies Group. 
Receiving her work in my first ATC Swap made me grin.


"A Spring Garden"
This lovely ATC was created by Alice McClelland. The stitching is beautiful and I love the crystal butterflies.

Six of the ATCs submitted for the swap were selected as winners and the creators of those ATCs received an additional ATC created by a member of the Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine's staff.

One of the ATCs I received was selected as a winner.
However, I will not share which one and spoil the surprise for those of you that have yet to see the Summer 2018 Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine.

I am not affiliated with the magazine.
It is available digitally or in print at Magcloud.com.
It is also available in print at Kittyandme at Etsy.

If you crazy quilt, submissions for the Winter 2018 Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine are accepted through August 1, 2018.
You may find more details here, at Kitty and Me Designs.

If you would like to make a crazy quilted artist trading card, the 3 part tutorial I shared begins here.

Thank you so much for visiting!
Renee



Wednesday, May 9, 2018

2018 ATC Swap Published!


The Summer 2018 edition of the Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine is now available through Magcloud in digital or print formats, or in print only at Kittyandme on Etsy. (Note: the photo above is from Pamela Kellogg's blog, Kitty and Me Designs.)

The cover photo features work by Shirlee Fassell. Her work is featured in this issue of the magazine. She also shared a photo of the full quilt on her blog, Needle and Hook

Please note, I am not affiliated with the magazine. 

Just a few of the wonderful treats in this edition include:
* Photos of all of the Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) that were created for the Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine 2018 ATC Swap!

* How to make a Butterfly Dreams Crazy Quilt like the one Mary Anne Richardson created. (It is exquisite, as you may see here.)

* Close up photos of Carol Kramer's Rainbow Quilt. (I feel quite lucky to have a crazy quilted postcard Carol made. You may see it here. Her work is lovely!)


Tomorrow, I will share photos of the 3 Artist Trading Cards I created for the swap and of the 3 beauties I recieved. 

Thank you for stopping by!
Renee


Related blog posts:
Crazy Quilt ATC Tutorial
Part 1 - Piecing 
Part 2 - Embellishing
Part 3 - Finishing



Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May 2018


Is it just me? Or did May sneak up on us? 
I do hope to find create more crafting time this month!

As for my April Goals... 

Cross-stitch: I exceeded the goal of adding 3,000 stitches to my cross-stitch projects. Most of those went into Twilight Duel, but over 1,000 went into QS Red Hearts and she is still on target to finish this year (possibly by November!)

Exercise: My Couch to 5k running plans had a bit of a glitch. (If you are wondering what a Couch to 5k is, you may learn about it at c25k.com.) However, I have been walking and exercising and hope to get a green light on running again next week.

May Goals:
1. Finish the Sun, Sand, and Sea BOM quilt top.

2. Add at least 1,000 stitches to QS Red Hearts.

3. Make progress on my CQJP 2018 blocks.

4. Complete two Mother's Day gifts.


Most Viewed Posts in April 2018
3. February 2018 (#4 viewed in April.)
4. March 2018 (#1 viewed in April.)

Thank you so much for visiting!
Renee


Monday, April 30, 2018

Twilight Duel Update #27


Hello! I am afraid I have not been very active with any social media the past couple of months. Life has been good and it has been very busy. I hope to get back to blogging regularly soon. I really miss all of you blogging buddies!

This month I did manage to add 2,535 stitches to the Heaven and Earth Designs "Twilight Duel" cross-stitch project I am making for my youngest son.

I love this piece of art by Ruth Thompson!

Although I am primarily working on page 15 (where the white dragon's wing is emerging on the right), when I finish a 10x10 grid on the chart, I add one strand of floss to page 3 (the blank spot beneath the bit of the black dragon's wing on the left) - as several of you noticed last month.

My son is eager to see the dragon's full face, so I also added a strand of floss to the dragon's head when a 10x10 grid of page 15 was completed. (Some of those only required 1 or 2 stitches, so the progress is not easily seen.)

Percent Complete:
Project:          38.27% (It was 36.55%)
Pages 1-2:   100%
Page 3:          40.84% (It was 37.16%)
Page 4:        100%
Page 5:            1.83%
Page 6:            0%
Pages 7-8:   100%
Page 9:            5.06% (It was 2.98%)
Page 10:          0.25%
Pages 11-12:   0%
Page 13:     100%
Page 14:       53.34% (It was 26.23%)
Page 15:         2.93% (It was 1.26%)
Pages 16-18:  0%
Page 19:     100%
Page 20:         3.72%
Pages 21-24:  0%

Thank you for visiting!
-Renee