CQJP2015 Peacock Project

CQJP2015 Peacock Project
Only four out of 12...in progress

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Christmas is just around the corner....who is ready for that? Not me!!!

The picture above is a Christmas ornament that I made many years ago.  I entered it in the Idaho State Fair in September and it took First place!!!  I will have a tutorial on how to make one for yourself in first issue of the Crazy Quilt Quarter early spring. That way it will give you all year to make plenty for  gifts! This magazine is not only the best crazy quilt eye candy, but the only one!!! Pamela Kellogg is the publisher/owner and we all love her. The publication is a print-on-demand, which means you can order any of the back issues!

 Well, let's get caught up on where I left off on my2020 Challenge. I left off with four corners pieced to be embellished! 
I call this one, "Creation Day 4".  In Genesis we are told God created the stars on the  4th day!
  "And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:  And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.  And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.  And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,  And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
Gen 1:19  And the evening and the morning were the fourth day. " Gen. 1:14-19
Why this is amazing to me...God created His Redemption Plan BEFORE He created Adam and Eve on the 6th day!!!
So, I have at least a dozen patterns of using four! Obvious, is the yellow star in the lower right corner. The four white stars, four stitches in the Maidenhair stitch, etc. The total count on this block is 36. I have used Pearl Cotton threads not used yet, along with stitches, combos, and beads, etc. that I have not used yet!


This block's challenge is to do all stitches with ribbon embroidery, all white originally, and then painted with ProMarkers after stitching! The flower spray at the bottom, was in a stitch book, and it's called "The Treasures of the Garden." So I chose that as the title of this block! The two trees are the trees in the Garden of Eden.
"And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil." Gen 2:9 
Of course, the tree of on the left is the Tree of Life and the tree on the right is the Tree of Knowledge. Again, just like the first corner, the fabrics, the stitches, embellishments have not been used yet in this challenge. The count is 41!


The star in the upper right corner symbolized Sirius, which is in the sky at night, just below Orion. Sirius is the brightest star in the night sky, and it means Prince. Orion, right above Sirius, in ancient languages means Coming Forth as light! 
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Isa 9"6
So, I used a star lace from Nicki Lee Seavey.
Then the two"streamers" are from Cathy Kizerian .
This star represents Sirius, and the block is called Prince of Peace!
http://earthsky.org/tonight/orion-heralds-return-of-sirius

This block finished with a count of 40!!!


And finally! The last corner! I call this one, "Stars of God!" I love this quote from Job: 
  "Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?  Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?" Job 38:31,32
God is asking Job is he able to control the stars in the heavens?  Mazzaroth is a Hebrew word, meaning:
"prognostications, found only Job 38:32 , probably meaning "the twelve signs" (of the zodiac), as in the margin (Compare 2 Kings 23:5 )."
 This block total count is 30.  Which now brings my total for 16 blocks 771! 

Thanks for following and enjoying this journey with me. I hope it blesses you as it is me!

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Stargazers!!!
This post is for all who ask great questions about how to print on fabric. So I will do this post for you!!! 

For my project I want a background of the galaxy, which NASA provides some of the most beautiful pictures we could ever expect to see of the galaxy around us!!
So I choose a picture...any picture you have in mind will work...
Then I put it into a PowerPoint slide.  This program gives me great manipulation of what I want it to look like! If you don't have this program, it can be purchases with Word and Excel as a package.
 A few months ago, my printer died, and we took it in to a repair place, but he said it costs more to fix then just to buy another one! I asked him the difference between inkjet and laser jet, thinking about changing. He asked me, what kind of printing did I do. Well, I said I print a lot of pictures out on fabric. He said, well that determines which one, because laser jets are too hot for fabric!!! I didn't know that, so I bought a new HP Officejet 5746 printer! And I love it!
I do use different brands to print on, depending on my project!  For this project most of everything is printed on white cotton by the June Tailor brand. But the picture below, so other brands I have also used. 
I keep all of these on hand for the next project!!!
I then place the galaxy picture in the PowerPoint like below
I use my snipping tool program to clip out from PowerPoint to give you an idea of the whole page!
I have discovered, that I can print out this picture, put the printed fabric back in and print over it with another PowerPoint that I created. As below...


Which means, you now have a sneak preview of what goes in the center of my quilt, but that's not all!!! Much more will be added to the center of this phase!!!!
But for those who have asked, "How do you get those lettering in color?" Here's how...

As pictured above, I put a picture of a galaxy on the PowerPoint page, select box type at top of page, and then type or insert your phase. It's the little box on your left that has yellow around it!


I have used the Bible program, called e sword on my computer, and copy and paste. Then at the top you can choose your color for the type. 
I try to pick a color that stands out from the background!

So I printed out the first PowerPoint  of the galaxy picture
Now I put it back into the printer, keeping the picture facing down and paper back facing up! And now I print the second PowerPoint right on top of the galaxy picture!


You may not be able to see the constellations well, but I can, and I will be stitching them later!

I hope this helps answer those excellent questions.  And don't be afraid to play!!! After all, 'CREATIVITY TAKES COURAGE"!!!!
 
Thanks for visiting....Happy Stitching!!!!
 



 

Friday, October 20, 2017


 My how time has flown!!!  Two posts back, I finished with Aquarius! I linked it so you can get caught up!
So I have been busy since then!!  Here goes!
Pisces is next...Christ the Liberator!

 The Shibori is shaped as a fish...well, it is my first try at it!!!

Next is Aries...Christ the Crowned Lamb...

 
Next is Taurus.. Christ as the Judge


Gemini is next...my birth sign!!! Christ is the King of Kings! The large star represents Sirius, the brightest star in the Heavens!

Now it's Cancer..Christ is the Protector!

Leo brings up the end of the story...Christ the Victor!!!


So the first 12 blocks are finished...putting my count at 627!!! This is only phase one of my project! 
Here is a hint of the next phase.
I have my Zodiac going in the Hebrew tradition of reading right to left...so Virgo is at the top, going left....I will tie into that in the next phase! Stay tuned!

First is the four corners...now using many of the blue galaxy fabrics I have collected! Each corner has a Bible quote referring to the Heavens.  Using PowerPoint, I bring up a NASA galaxy picture and fill the space, then I go to E Sword Bible program and copy a Bible quote, and then paste onto the galaxy picture. Using Computer Printer Fabric from Joann's, I print out the quote.
Here is a close up of the four corners, before I add embroidery stitches and embellishments.





Thanks for visiting...you can also watch my progress on my pinterest board...

Crazy Quilt Gospel in the Stars 2020Challenge

I hope this project blesses you as much as it is me! I am overwhelmed that God created his Heavens and all the stars on the 4th day,  and Adam and Eve on the 6th day! Meaning, He created His redemption plan BEFORE He created mankind!!!! Let that sink in!!!!

Happy Stitching!!!




Sunday, October 1, 2017

FALL IS DEFINITELY IN THE AIR!!!
Except, in Idaho...we are just jumping right into winter!!! 

Last night, Sandy surprised my with our second concert of the Home Free!!! I almost always have their you tube videos on while I am sewing!!! Check them out when they are in your area!

Since Christmas is coming around the corner, I thought I would do a blog...
"How Does A Crazy Quilter decorate for Christmas"!!!!
One of my favorites, is my Crazy Quilt Christmas Tree skirt, maybe because it took 10 years to finish!!  Or maybe because it went on several Round Robins that went out to several crazy quilters all over. It was started in 2000. I only have 3 of the Journals that went around (sad face)...if you recognize these pictures, say Hi so I can recognize you.
Some of the names that did sign: Janice-Marie; Laurie Walton; Linda Martin; Diana Johnston; Darlene; Connie; Kathy Link; Nikki Young; Cherryl Morril; Sharon Brewer; Janie Jones; Betty Densford; Dorothy Matheson; Ida Kassler-Billig; Christine Campbell; Phyllis Friesen. If any of you know these ladies, please let me know.  Dorothy is on Facebook, but lost touch with others.  This is before Facebook, when we used to do a email chat line!!

Here's what 8 squares, 12 by 12 look like, just laid out on the floor overlapping. Started in 2000!

This is the finished skirt. With so much bling all over and border, and my tree spins on the green top, it constantly sparkles!!! 

You can see Sonny on left, Mikey in front and Goldie in the back...they always enjoy the tree being up, but have learned to stay off of the skirt....sometimes!!!!

This stocking is special to me, being the very first crazy quilt piece I ever did. Made in 1997, about September. My hubby's mom had just passed in August and we were just sitting around watching TV one evening.  All of a sudden, like a robot I got up, went into my "office" and dug a box of fabrics out of the closet. Now, I hadn't done any sewing in years.  So these were just some scraps I had saved for some reason!!!

  While we continued watching TV, I had hand stitched this together!  I only had one resource stuck in my mind. An article I had saved since 1969!!! From McCall's Needlework and Crafts, Fall-Winter, 1969-1970!!!

You can find these pictures on Pinterest all over.  I just knew when I saw it back then, there was a new way to use my love of embroidery instead of just pillow cases!!!  Though it took me years, I am so hooked!!!

When Sandy saw the stocking, he suggested I use some of the fabric we had discovered after his mother passed  away.  Mind you, this is late September!!! Well, I got to work, using her fabrics I made his family stockings for Christmas!

Still quite simple, compared to what I do today, but it was more special for them because they recognized the fabrics. His mother used to make them pajamas and other items!


The following year, I made this one for one of my sisters.
This one for my very special friend, Shari. I love hearing how after all these years, friends love pulling them out and enjoying each year!

I have also made mini-Christmas Tree skirts! They are fun decorations around vases!

This was made from a store bought skirt I used as a pattern to make this one, again all by hand, while staying in a hotel while my hubby pulled his weekend duty at Travis AFB, sometime before 1999!

Then I thought it would be fun to make a square skirt!
Also in 1998, I started making Christmas tree cones.  Again, a pattern I found in a magazine. What gives them stability is the Styrofoam cone inside, with quilt batting filling them.  The first one I made for me and hubby.

Then I got busy and made Cones for friends and family!!


That's Sissy, my deaf cat admiring the cone!  She lived to the old age of 17, passed in 2005!

And that's Mely, our Norwegian Forest Cat, she too lived a long life and died in 2013! I think this one went to my mom!

Now Christmas is not Christmas without a Santa! 

I have also made ornaments of various types. 


These I  made in Utah and have all been given away!
And then I made these: 

This one won a ribbon at the state fair this year.  Sneak peak...be sure to order Pam Kellogg's magazine in the early 2018 issue, Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine 
I have done a tutorial on how to make one of these!!!

Well, I know, this isn't Christmas yet.  But a crazy quilt has to start BEFORE the season gets here!
Maybe, I will have to make something new this year! Brain is always working!!! 

Be sure to visit Vicki Adams blog and etsy site for lots of eye candy for that special project you are working on!!!  I have been a customer of hers for many years now, and can vouch for her beauties!!!

If you haven't stopped by my Pinterest board lately...and have nothing to do...stop by!

https://www.pinterest.com/cheesehunters/

Or need to look for blogs and etsy sites:

https://www.pinterest.com/cheesehunters/crazy-quilt-blogs-web-sites-and-etsy-shopping/


Well thanks for visiting!!! Happy Stitching!!!