March 28, 2012

Asian II Round Robin - 2011

The talented group of stitchers who participated in this delightful round robin were Candji B., Darlene, Meg, Peggy (Pegsue), and Rita C.  

Candji’s Naked Block

Darlene stitched these lanterns for Candji

Candji’s block after Darlene

This is the block after Meg added her embellishments

Peggy added coins and lots of stitching

After Rita added a fan and more stitching, Candji’s block was finished

Darlene’s Naked Block

Meg’s stitching for Darlene

Peggy added a Geisha and more stitching

The albino peacock was stitched by Rita

Darlene’s block after Peggy and Rita

Candji added more stitching and embellishment

Darlene’s finished Asian II block

Meg’s Naked Block

Pegsue stitched an Arabian stallion

Rita’s mosque and palm tree

Meg’s block after Pegsue and Rita

Candji added silk ribbon flowers and an embroidered pyramid

Here is a close-up of Candji’s work

Alladin’s lamp was stitched by Darlene

Meg’s block finished

Pegsue’s Naked Block
Rita stitched this Asian symbol

Rita also stitched the fish and the fan area

Here is Pegsue’s block after Rita

Candji added a beautiful tree, flowers and another fan

Darlene added another fan and stitching

Meg also stitched on this block, but the picture was so tiny that it did not upload legibly.


Rita’s Naked Block

Candji’s work

Darlene added fans and more stitching

Rita’s Block after Meg’s contributions

Geisha stitched by Pegsue. It was placed in the upper right corner of Rita’s block, but we do not have a picture of the entire finished block.

March 25, 2012

“CQ in September"

We will be having our 5th Annual Crazy Quilting International Retreat in Utah this year.  It will be held in West Point, a suburb of Salt Lake City, on the park-like property of Bev F, a CQI member.   

When:   Wednesday – Sunday, September 12-16. 
Wednesday eve welcome and dinner, three full days of stitching, field trips and fun!  
Farewell:  Sunday morning 

Registrations are now being accepted!!!  

Members staying on-site :    $100 per person. 
This includes a $25 non-refundable deposit and $75 for food 
Breakfast and dinners are provided, lunches will be on your own.  
Some members will sleep in on-site RVs (The RVs have beds and bathrooms, with electricity and running water for toilets and showers)  Others will stay in the house in bedrooms or on couches, as they prefer.  Everyone will have access to the home with full bathrooms, laundry, and kitchen facilities.   
Members staying at nearby hotels or bringing their own RV:  
            $25 non-refundable deposit plus $5 per meal (breakfast and dinner)
You will need to make your own hotel arrangements (information will be provided; many local hotels include breakfast with your reservation).  Lunches will be on your own.  Meal payments and reservations must be made and paid for at the time of registration.      

ACTIVITIES:                          MINI-CLASSES:                                             
Show & Tell                                  Silk Ribbon Embroidery
Stash Dash                                  Making felted motifs
Crazy Gift Exchange                   Stitch Roundtable
. . .  and more                                . . . and more 
AM:  Shopping or other field trips
Lunch out
Early afternoon:  Return to Retreat
Afternoon:  mini-classes or personal stitching time
5:30-ish:  Dinner
Evening:  Activities

**** On-site Registration is limited to 18 people.  Additional registrants will need to stay in a nearby hotel.
For more information, contact Cathy at

We hope we will “CQ” (See YOU) in September!

March 20, 2012

Stumpwork Round Robin, 2010

Stumpwork is a form of raised, 3-dimensional embroidery.  It encompasses many fine techniques and just as many that cannot be readily categorized. Generally, it is more difficult and time-consuming. But the ladies who participated in this round robin are all accomplished stitchers and were certainly up to the challenge.  You will notice a few more pictures, including detail shots, in this post so that we can share with you the amazing work of the stitchers: Gerry Krueger, USA; Arlene White, Australia; Diane Matheson, Canada; Karrin Hurd, USA; and Cobi Wittecoek, The Netherlands.

Arlene’s Naked Block

Karrin added beaded lace, stitching and a stumpwork ladybug

These pansies were also done by Karrin

Next up was Diane, who stitched these calla lilies

Diane’s dragonfly

This is Arlene’s block after Karrin and Diane

Cobi added the heart and lace

Next she added the flower, lace trimming and butterfly

Flower basket by Cobi

Arlene’s block after Cobi

Gerry added the lovely lorikeet (upper left) to complete the block.

Cobi’s Naked Block

Gerry K stitched a bird in a nest, then embellished around it

Gerry also added a button she painted. This is the block after Gerry.

Arlene added a beehive and several bees

And here is a closeup of the beetle that Arlene stitched

The full block after Arlene

Karrin added a squirrel on a branch!

And here is Cobi’s block after Karrin

Diane added a cute bunny hiding in the hydrangeas

And here is Arlene’s finished block.

Diane’s Naked Block

Seam treatment by Cobi. Note the beaded berries.

Cobi’s corner treatment for Diane included a stumpwork Pansy

Cobi also stitched this heart with stumpwork flowers

Gerry added another meandering vine with hummingbirds and a painted, beaded button. This is how Diane’s block looked at this point.

This is a close-up of Gerry’s work for you.

Not to be outdone, Arlene stitched these delightful hydrangeas

Hydrangea detail shot

Diane’s block after Arlene

Karrin added a dragonfly and a sweet berry vine, keeping the swirling vine motif going.

And these lovely flowers were stitched with rayon threads; Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery

Not a good picture, but enough to give you an idea of how lovely this block turned out.

Gerry’s Naked Block

Arlene stitched this beetle for Gerry

Arlene alsocreated a swirling vine of hydrangeas with visiting critters and additional blooms and stitching.

The block after Arlene

Karrin created this lovely lemon tree (very pretty, and the lemon flower is sweet, but the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat).   LOL.  just checking to see if you are paying attention

Diane stitched beaded berries and stumpwork flowers, as well as a stumpwork hand with a ring

This is the entire block after Diane.  (Cobi finished her work and returned the completed block in 2012, but we do not have a picture).


Karrin’s Naked Block

Stumpwork daisies by Diane

Diane also created these lovely delphiniums and sunflower

Here is a cherry tree by Diane

Lovely stumpwork pansies by Diane

Diane also stitched a very full wheelbarrow

Diane was as busy as a bee doing all that stitching, so she added a bee just for fun!

Karrin’s block after Diane finished her fun stitching!

An in-progress photo of Cobi’s stumpwork fern leaves

And here is the completed motif
Cobi also added pink hydrangeas and more flowers in the garden

Karrin’s block after Diane and Cobi

Gerry was up next and couldn’t resist adding Miss Bloomers working out in the garden.  She also added flowers and a vine-encrusted birdhouse. How clever!

Karrin’s block after Gerry

Arlene added a wisteria arbor

And a cute happy bird for the garden

Miss Bloomers does not even know the bird is there!  ;-)

Karrin’s completed block.