|Sample Winter Baggie, left. Right: packaged Autumn Baggie|
October 22, 2014
October 06, 2014
So, here are the results:
The winner is Janet Popish of Go Crazy With Me, who said:
Congratulations, Janet! Please contact either Gerry H or me (Cathy) and we will get your info!And thanks to everyone for playing with us!!
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Some General Announcements for CQI and this blog. . .
We plan to reactivate and re-energize the blog with regular postings of CQI group happenings and, most of all, crazy quilting eye candy. Yahoo Groups has made it difficult for us to maintain comprehensive photo albums of every round robin as we used to, which was step-by-step stitching on each block. But we will be featuring a round robin every week or two and show you some of the lovely blocks being created.
|Netherlands block created by Margreet de Reus|
In addition to posting about round robins, we will announce swaps, charity events, challenges, and more here. And we also want to brag about member accomplishments, so be sure to let us know when you finish a project, win a ribbon, or piece your first block!! We will strive for a quarterly recap - or newsletter, if you will - to keep you abreast of what is going on in the CQI world.
And finally, this is where you will find information regarding our planned 2015 CQI Retreat in the Netherlands next September.
So be sure to add us to your blog-reading feed, and we will see you back here soon!
October 03, 2014
The Random Number Generator picked #7
.... and that is Donna Abrams, who commented, " I am mesmerized by the pictures of this retreat. This has to be the most wonderful adventure a CQr could ever attend ."
Congratulations, Donna! Start picking out your goodies, and I will contact you privately to make arrangements.
Information on today’s giveaway (the third and final one) is at the end of this blog post.
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....And so we come to Friday and Saturday, the final days of our Retreat. On Friday, there were no mini-classes scheduled. The morning was time for free stitching, and in the afternoon we planned a special treat - a visit to the newly-opened Florilegium, a wonderful emporium of stitching delights in Weston, Missouri. Gretchen Nutt, the owner, was a gracious hostess and provided coffee, other beverages and treats to nourish us hungry shoppers. And shop we did!
|Historic Downtown Weston, Missouri|
|The wall of fibers and yarns|
|Connie Eyberg rests her feet. And wallet.|
|The Case of Wondrous Things|
|Even the checkout area was glorious!|
On Saturday, Lisa Boni conducted two well attended and very popular classes. The first one was on Intermediate Embroidery - expanding basic seam stitches into layered designs. She showed us her linen sampler - a band sampler arranged first by stitch, then by motifs or other themes. Naturally, it is a work in process, but it was great fuel for our own ideas.
CRAZY GIFT EXCHANGE
Everyone was asked to bring a gift in the value range of $15-30. To play this game, everyone got a number (1-26). Person #1 started by picking a wrapped gift from the table. When it was person #2’s turn, they could pick another gift from the table OR steal #1’s gift away, forcing person #1 to have to pick another gift. A gift could only be stolen twice. The third owner of the gift was the permanent owner, and the gift was out of play.
Here are the ladies, sitting around, anxiously waiting to begin. However, because Lori King so generously brought a box of used books and magazines on CQ, silk ribbon embroidery, ribbon embroidery, and regular quilting, there was enough for everyone to have one. To make it fair, we began in reverse order, with person #26, and each lady had about 30 seconds to come up and look at the books and select her free book. It got us pumped up and ready to play!!
|Here is the gift table before play began. You can see Connie and Lori B in the background |
looking at their newly-acquired books. :-)
|Beth Pile and Wilma Van Wagensvelt|
|Karen Guthrie and her mahhhvelous CQ vest|
|HA! We even got Lori Burgesser on camera!!|
|Beth again, thrilled with the Under the Sea pincushion made by Lisa Boni|
At every retreat that Lauri Burgesser attends, she brings an incredible hand-made CQ bear. It is THE prize that everyone wants. You’ll see close-up pictures later on and you can see why.
|Gerry holds the bear|
|Sandy Larson is inspecting treasure!|
|Joyce Robertson gets to hold the bear for awhile|
|Lori looks on as someone else holds the bear. Wonder what she is thinking???|
|Wilma opens a cute tiny pincushion gift|
|Susan Jarosz and Colleen Anderson are probably day dreaming about the bear!|
|Kristie Watson opened this awesome pumpkin made by Gayle Schipper|
and she decided right there and then that NO ONE was going to take it from her.
|So, it became her baby. Her “unborn” baby, LOL!!!|
|Tahlia Holt was very serious when it came her time to pick|
|Donna found gold. Or pink, that is. An amazing box of things that|
Connie Kalina had dyed pink with....wait for it.... AVOCADOS!!
|The Pink Lusciousness and some hand-made buttons by Connie Kalina|
|Darlene got a cute CQ-ed wrapped hanger!!|
|Close-up of hanger. Would you hang something on it and cover up all that beauty??|
|The 2014 Bear by Lauri Burgesser|
|We displayed all the gifts after everyone had opened them.|
|A great covered tin|
|A clever and handy armchair caddy|
|Karen Guthrie made this lovely covered tin that was won by Cathy|
|Eye Candy and Brazillion Embroidery threads and instructions|
|What a cute CQ teacup pin cushion|
|Connie Eyeburg’s dainty stitching is unmistakable in this beautiful heart|
|Liz won this awesome purse stitched by Colleen Anderson|
|Carol Kramer won the autumn pillow.|
|Connie Eyberg and Connie Kalina. |
Good Connie and Bad Connie (just kidding!) - We love them both!
After realizing we had too many faces in shade on the gazebo, we moved to the stairs for the picture. Lauri Burgesser shows her technicolor coat (amazing, isn’t it?) Notice everyone pointing at her?? She is shy and we were trying to tease her.
October 01, 2014
The Random Number Generator picked #24
.... and that is Ann Pierce, who commented, "This sounds like so much fun! I hope to join y'all some day. I'm new to CQ but my bee friends are the best. So inspiring!"
Ann, you will LOVE these templates, and we are confident they will help you on your way to creating more beautiful seams! We will contact you privately to get your address.
Information on today’s giveaway is at the end of this blog post.
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Retreat, Part Two
We’re back to bring you Part Two in the continuing saga (LOL) of the Crazy Quilting International Retreat in Kansas City. Warning: this is a very picture-heavy post, so sit down and grab another cuppa. When we left off, it was Thursday morning. . . .
After the Stash Dash (see Part One), the first class was Making Fabric Books. Since no one person in the group was an expert, dear Beth Pile offered to lead a discussion and show a book she had done. In addition, others brought fabric books to show and even a book ABOUT fabric books.
|L-R Cathy K, Betty L, Beth, Sandy L, Wilma, Joyce (in black), Carol (barely visible), Liz (standing), Freda, Karen G, Colleen (standing), Gayle, Lori H (seated in foreground) Connie E (in pink), Sharyn (facing away), Lisa B and Tahlia H.|
|The book examples were passed around. Here Connie E enjoys Gerry H`s book.|
|L-R Beth, Wilma, Carol, Freda, Gayle|
|A lovely fabric book about Angels made by Freda Butler.|
|L-R, Lori K, Darlene D, Beth, Wilma (barely visible), Diane M (in pink), Tahlia, Joyce R and Betty Lenz|
SHOW AND TELL
One of the great highlights of any retreat is getting to see others’ work. That makes Show and Tell both enjoyable and inspiring. And the room we were in had bulletin board walls, so we were able to hang most of the medium and smaller pieces up for viewing over the next couple days. The actual quilts were hung over chairs and laid on tables for closer viewing and photo opportunities. Sit back and grab a cuppa. There is a lot of great eye candy ahead in this picture-heavy post!
(PS - As I was busy pinning items up for display during Show & Tell, I missed much of the actual presentation. Therefore, many of the items below are without proper credits. No disrespect is intended. If the owners or other retreat attendees can contact me with the information, I will update the pictures. Thanks, Cathy)
|A wonderful block from the Pets Round Robin by Darlene Doersch|
|(block credits needed)|
|Peacock in progress, Tahlia Holt|
|African RR blocks; Tahlia Holt|
|This lovely stocking by (credits needed) will stop Santa in his tracks!|
|Carol Kramer at her stitching table|
|Carol Kramer, family block|
|Wilma from the Netherlands attended and showed us her beautiful |
jewel-toned crazy quilt with fans and peacocks.
|Detail of Wilma’s incredible peacock CQ. The stitched peacocks are vintage|
Dutch cigarette silks from the 1930’s.
|A corner of a quilt by Sandy Larson|
|Another glorious corner of Sandy Larson’s quilt.|
|Gerry H chatting with stitching friends|
|Gerry’s Victorian Ladies Round Robin Wall Hanging|
|Lisa Boni could usually be found stitching |
(when not teaching or taking photos!)
|Detail of Lisa Boni’s cream on cream crazy quilt|
|A lovely bird vignette from Lisa Boni|
|Still more lovely stitching from Lisa Boni’s cream on cream quilt.|
|Cathy Kizerian shows one of her blocks|
|Cathy Kizerian's work on Paris-themed block for Darlene Doersch|
|Halloween quilt top by Darlene Doersch|
|We easily filled all the walls of the room; and then the tables, |
and eventually we had to draper quilts over chairs!
|Freda Butler stitched this gorgeous triptych|
|Detail of Freda’s stitching|
|Lovely CQ by (credits needed)|
|Top left: Connie Kalina’s Lace & Pearls RR blocks|
Bottom Left: First piece by Joyce Robertson
Left: 3 silk ribbon flowers by Donna Dickison
|This lovely purse front was stitched by Elizabeth Rudder.|
|Another block from the Pet RR. What cute fabric! Block by Gerry Hookstra|
|A great complementary color scheme on this yummy block by Carol Kramer|
|Check out the details on this beauty! Block by (credit needed)|
|Karen Guthrie and her marvelous Fan quilt!!!|
|Fan detail of Karen’s quilt|
|Karen’s quilt also contained incredible embroidery|
|More eye candy from Karen Guthrie’s quilt|
|Betty and Freda show off a vintage crazy quilt brought by Betty Lenz|
|Stitching detail of vintage crazy quilt|
|Lauri B’s Under the Sea quilt shown by Gerry H and Sharyn N|
|Beautiful blue and white quilt by Karen Guthrie|
|Detail of blue and white quilt.|
|Elizabeth Rudder shows her contest-winning stuffed bunny|
|This was Connie Eyeberg’s calendar block (November)|
for Pam Kellogg’s CQ Quarterly Magazine 2015 Calendar
|Quilt by Connie Eyeburg|
|Detail of Connie Eyeberg quilt|
|Kristie W and Tahlia hang eye candy while in the background,|
Elizabeth and Freda chat
|This block was stitched by Carol Kramer|
|Diane Matheson, stitching away|
|One of Diane Matheson’s family CQ blocks. She does one|
for each of her grandchildren.