Friday, August 15, 2008

Crazy, Man, Crazy!

Our regularly scheduled speaker for the guild meeting yesterday was unable to attend. But! Three ladies from the nighttime chapter of our guild agreed to fill in! And let me tell you, they were fantastic! They are all crazy-quilters and are pretty well known in these parts. They have taught crazy quilting and one has even had work accepted into the Houston Quilt Festival. I have never seen so-o-o many lovely pieces of crazy quilting and embellished works in my life. Boy, are they prolific. It was such a nice diversion. While I have taken a couple of crazy quilting classes, I never felt very comfortable with it. I know, I know, like every other skill worthwhile, it takes practice, practice, practice. The beading particularly caught my eye on several of the pieces. It was all so well-done.






They told about their many round robins and some of their unusual techniques. It was fun to see what all they used for embellishments. And the embroidered seams were so exquisite. Kinda glad the "regularly scheduled program" didn't show!!!
Anyone else out there in Blogland addicted to watching the Olympics? Makes for some pretty late bedtimes. I was so tickled to see the two American gymnasts take gold and silver in the all-around. And it was so fun to see Mary Lou Retton out there in the crowd. Hope Michael Phelps keeps on keeping on. He is amazing. And hope your weekend is equally amazing!

13 comments:

Libby said...

We love the Olympics. Wish they would start prime time earlier . . . just can't stay up until 1 a.m. We cheated last night, checked results on line and went to bed *s*

Mary said...

I'm in love with crazy quilting these days although I've only done a few postcards and a doll size quilt. I bet I've bought 25+ books in the last year on crazy quilting, embroidery, ribbon embroidery, motifs for crazy quilting....not to mention perle cotton and ribbon for embroidery and beads! Now I just have to start a project!

cq4fun said...

Oh, I'm so jealous! I wish I had been there! CQ has taken over my life in the last few years. I always wanted to do more, but before I retired, I just couldn't fit it in with job, consulting, and running a quilting business. Since then, I'm finally living the dream and getting a chance to use the things I bought over the years!

There's a video stitch library that really helps with stitches, if that is what you aren't comfortable doing. Let me know and I'll send you that site.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Wow that is all just amazing....love the Olympics...it has all been amazing...Michael Phelps what a sportsperson...keep any eye on our Grant tomorrow in the 1500...go the Aussies.....

Jacquie said...

What beautiful work! I'm Olympic addicted too, but it's making mornings a bit grumpy around here...i'm staying up way past my bedtime!

Niki said...

I just LOVE crazy quilts. Your blog is fabulous! niki :)

Teresa said...

Great pictures and thanks for sharing! I am enjoying the Olympics. I stayed up late last night to see the the women's gymnastics and fell asleep right when the Americans were to compete on the floor exercise..doggoneit. WTG USA!

Connie W said...

Crazy quilts intrigue me and perhaps one day I'll give it a go. I'm not watching the Olympics but my husband's watching makes us for my lack.

Sheri said...

Beautiful crazy quilts! Thanks for sharing.
Sheri

Lorraine said...

thanks for sharing the crazy quilting! .....always good to have "plan B" .... and sometimes it works out for the better....I have been watching the Olympics and enjoying them!!Michael Phelps is just amazing!....I applaud all the athletes for their dedication! ..and their dreams can be shattered so quickly too.....like falling during the gymnastics....or missing a start in the swimming....the games have certainly made for some good viewing...I like the "behind the scenes" glimpses as well.....showing a bit of what it took to get there!

Cathi said...

I caught the Crazy Quilting "bug" about 1 1/2 years ago. Love it. Like Mary, I've also acquired many books & supplies. It puts my embroidery skills that I learned as a girl to good use. Love it. Cat

Finn said...

Yes, another Olympics fan here in WI! I couldn't watch all of them due to a personal commitment, but saw quite abit and followed the Michael Phelps saga closely.
Love the crazy quilting...so beautiful.
Even more I love your Hot Salsa Nights!! You go girl! Hugs, Finn

desertskyquilts said...

I love crazy quilting. That's my other stitchy passion in life, and it's so much fun. I have a separate blog for that. =) I wish I'd been there to see these ladies, and their wonderful cq. Thanks for showing the pictures, though. (The nice thing about it is the stash of beads and thread and laces are a little less bulky, and somewhat easier to conceal around the 5th wheel than tons of fabric!)