Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Winter Wonderland Exhibition Now Online, Curved CQ Piecing and Goodies


Hello Everyone,  I took some time off from blogging to rest a bit and spend some time just relaxing. I have been losing myself in my sewing room and stitching away along with reading my other passion. 

One project I just finished is My Submission called "Bavaria Winter Wonderland" found at the International  Winter Wonderland Exhibition. There is 20 art pieces interperting this theme. There will be 3 prizes awarded.  So go and have a look and enjoy. Click on the large words "Winter Wonderland underlined above and it will take your directly to the Exhibition site. And "Please" vote before you leave. You can vote by clicking on the small dot beside my Name Judy Grant and then scrolling down and clicking on VOTE!! I would greatly appreciate your support. Thanks  I have been very humbled by all the votes my wonderful and kind readers haved casted for my Bavaria Winter Wonderland. They are all greatly appreciated.

I have been doing the flip and sew method of crazy quilting for sometime.  I have always admired projects I see that have used curved piecing but thought it would be to difficult and time comsuming to attempt.  Yesterday I decided the time has come to give CQ Curved Piecing a try.  Above is my first attempt which I found a bit fustrating but still I truly enjoyed the process. The block is 8 inches by 8 inches.  The theme is a secret to be revealed at a later date.  So I would love to receive my reader's opinions on how they think my first attempt turn out and if they have any suggestions on how to improve my beginning skills. Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

The above photo is of two pillow cases I made for my granddaughter Chloe.  Her room is painted that lovely pastel green.  I made one pillow case with the plaid and the other pink and mixed the two fabric at the top. They are so nice and soft. I also made a baby doll blanket from the same fleece fabric.
I went into the big city last week and while there I stop to visit my favorite thread shop called "Peacock Alley". I love metallic threads and I found some I did not have in my stash. The lower right 4 threads are called Kreinik Fine Braid Overdyed Metallic. I just love those colors.  The botton roll of three spools of glittery metallic threads are called Micro Ice Chenille. I have never seen them before so they were a must have too. Of course all of these lovely flosses were bought with my Crazy Quilt Of My Dream Project in mind.

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I discovered a new blog called "Maureen's Vintage Acquisitions" and I could not resist buying the above to dye for Ombre Picot Edge Ribbons.  I have seen them used on other projects but never seen them for sale before.  Well as you can see I have many lovely luscious colors to work with now.  I have often heard my crazy quilting friends talk about "Sassa Lynne Fine Perle Cotton Flosses" as being wonderful to stitch with and I was pleasantly surprised to find them at Maureen's site. I decided on the very lovely hand dyed colors of pinks and lavenders botton left. I also found some other very lovely ribbons called "Savoir Faire by The Thread Gatherer" and decided to give them a try too. I love adding silkies to my projects and I could not resist buying these beautiful antique silkies in a lovely Thistle and Rose.  Oh, how I wish I knew how to create silkies If anyone knows of a tutorial using windows 7 or Element 8 software I would appreciate knowing about them.  Thanks. 


I think this long cold winter has been getting to me so hence I have been spending way to much time looking on the internet and finding lovely things to buy. I found some more wonderful Pearl Metallic Cotton #5 in silver and gold and I can hardly wait to use them.  I also found a very unique item called "Silked Wrapped Pearl Purl" in some yummie colors of Pale Pink, Pearl Pink, Green, and Rose Mauve. They are manufacture in England I have no idea how to use them so if any of my wonderful blogging friends have used them on their projects I would love to hear about them. I would also love to see some photos too.  Thanks.


Of course you all know we are planning a trip to the most glorious place.  So please stop by again to see the progress of my Crazy Green Gables Mini Quilt project. I hope you all who are going through the dreadful Winter season is surving, I am sad to say I am barely hanging on and everyday I am thankful we are one day closer to Spring.  

Thanks for stopping in to visit my blog and I look forward to reading your comments, and suggestions. 
Hugs,

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