Friday, June 14, 2013
If this 73 year old bod would/could stay in gear 24/7, I don't think there would be enough time to take all the online classes available on www.craftsy.com.
I have downloaded several that I am particularly interested in to better my skills and am working slowly through them.
The best part is, I can take part any time I want-in the middle of the night, in the a.m. with my coffee, between working on projects-in my pajamas or even n---- [heaven forbid], all at my convenience. I can pick up anywhere I left off.
AND THE BEST PART IS-a lot of the classes are FREE!
Being a quilter, those are the classes I have concentrated on but there are classes on almost every craft you are interested in whether it be cake decorating, beadwork, crochet, knitting, etc.
Here is the link to take a look: http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=253536&u=705639&m=29190&urllink=&afftrack=
Here are just a few of free classes the above link will take you to:
that reminds me, I forgot to download the serging class just to brush up on my serging. I have had my machine for a long time but never had any instruction on its use.
Put the coffee pot on with extra strong brew and take a look.
Happy, happy crafting and
God bless you
The Socksy Monkey quilt pattern has been on the back burner for a while now. Not as far back as other things. They are still there. Some have been there quite some time. All in due time, I guess. One of those projects is an official sock monkey made from the work socks where the original idea sprang from years ago. [Who would think of making a monkey from a work sock, anyway?] I have saved the address somewhere for the work socks in case the mood hits to make the stuffed toy.
I looked for sock monkey fabric but it wasn't available in the Joann's fabric store, just online, so I went ahead and used my original fabric choice anyway. I like it really well. The jungle animal fabric has been in my fabric stash for a long time just, evidently, waiting for Socksy Monkey. I didn't want to wait for an online order to arrive and then not be the exact color I wanted so this is just as well, and, like I said, I really like it and the Socksy Monkeys seem to be right at home with the other animals.
The monkey appliques were almost done and I wanted to finish the quilt and get my pattern online.
Here is the completed quilt top, waiting, like several others, to be quilted:
Here is the background fabric:
one of the 12" Socksy Monkeys showing the blanket stitch
and the blanket stitching around the 24" Socksy. The stitches are longer since the appliques are larger
The muted striped panels blend well with the other fabrics. I auditioned other fabrics-foliage, solids-but the stripe seemed to fill the bill best.
Here is my video demonstrating some of the techniques used in making the quilt:
Socksy Monkey is fairly quick and easy to construct like most of my designs using basic sewing and quilting techniques and is suitable for boys or girls. The pattern is available in my Etsy store-link at right and in My Pattern Store @ http://www.craftsy.com/user/43851/pattern-store?_ct=fhevybu-ikrdql-fqjjuhdijehu.
Hope you enjoy and happy quilting/crafting
God bless you
Have you checked out all the absolutely free classes @ www.craftsy.com? Being a quilter, I lean towards the quilting classes but, my goodness, there are classes on beadwork, serging, cake decorating, tailoring, etc.
Follow this link: http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=253536&u=705639&m=29190&urllink=&afftrack= and pick up a couple to fill your spare? time. You can follow the classes at your convenience, at any time.
Monday, May 13, 2013
You can see the planning and initial work on The White Quilt [My Mansion In The Sky, Crystal River Running By] in the first article: http://carolynscanvas.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-white-quilt.html.
For a long time I had the all white, log cabin quilt roaming around in my head made up of white on white prints till one day I had collected enough of the prints and laces to begin.
The quilt kit was kept kind of handy to be worked on here and there, off and on, mostly off. I was working on the quilt as I sat with my husband in his hospital room and had several of the log cabin blocks done. It was going to look just as I had envisioned. and this is when I lost custody of my quilt.
My niece, Kyrstie, was visiting from Roanoke, Virginia, saw the log cabin blocks on top of the basket and laid claim to the quilt.
I must tell you a little about Kyrstie and why she would get the quilt. We are so very proud of her. She was in her junior year of nursing school at the time of the visit with us, had been working sometimes 3 and 4 jobs at a time to get through, had her own apartment and is just one of the most awesome young ladies you will ever have the privilege of meeting. So, yes, the quilt was Kyrstie's from the time she saw it.
There was so much going on when we came home from the hospital, the basket with its quilt makings was set aside but suddenly Kyrstie's graduation was looming and I wanted to give it to her for graduation. There would be no more hand piecing. The blocks were finished by machine and assembled. For one of the few times in my memory, a project was finished several weeks early. I wouldn't be working on it the night before delivery or on the way there-I am so proud.
Here it is- Kyrstie's "My Mansion In The Sky, Crystal River Running By"
The quilted blocks and corners
every quilt needs a label
My daughter, Donna, took me all the way to Roanoke, Virginia so I could see Kyrstie graduate and deliver the quilt to her myself. I'll have to tell you sometime about the awesome daughter that I have also that takes the time to make sure I get to do what I want to do.
I hope Kyrstie enjoys the quilt as much as I have enjoyed making it for her. God bless her.
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