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And the Winner Is….

Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts by Kathy Seaman Shaw

And the winner is Patricia Salada! Thank you all for entering your name and comments on my stop of the blog tour!

Remember that the blog tour is still running from July 8th until July 16th. If you did not win on my post then I encourage you to enter into the contest on the remaining sites.

The details are that each day, a different blog or internet site will feature Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts and post about that person’s perspective on the book—PLUS each stop will have a drawing and one lucky person will win an electronic copy of the book.

I would suggest that you visit everyone, including the posts that have already run, you never know what you may learn from this talented group of stitchers!

Happy Stitching ~Christen

Stunning Stitches For Crazy Quilts Blog Tour

Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts by Kathy Seaman Shaw

I have the honor and the pleasure of introducing this wonderful new book to you. And the bonus is that you have a chance to win an ebook of this title at the end of the blog tour. So keep reading and peruse to the end of the post for the details!

Kathy approaches her material with a knowledge that goes beyond just the basics. Her writing style is such that the reader feels as if they are a student sitting in front of her in class. Her instructions, her tips, and her organizational skills will give anyone reading this book the confidence to not only easily duplicate the embroidery stitches and the designs, but to then be proud of the work that they have stitched.

The book offers a set of “Stitch Templates” for the reader to make, that will help both a novice and an experienced stitcher with the positioning and spacing for 36 basic stitches. The book also includes easy to follow instructions with drawn illustrations for these stitches.

There is a 14 page gallery section in the middle of the book with a 112 examples of embroidered seams using perle cotton, silk embroidery ribbon, buttons, sequins and beads. Each one of the designs is interesting, unique and beautiful. Then there is a section of 480 illustrated seams, with the stitches listed in the order that they are to be stitched. Priceless for anyone who needs a bit of a boost to their imagination!

Here are four examples of the blanket stitch and the many ways that you can decorate on and around the base of the stitch.

Here are four examples of the chevron stitch, and the many ways that you can decorate on and around the base of the stitch.

Here are four examples of the feather stitch, and the many ways that you can decorate on and around the base of the stitch.

The blog tour will run from July 8th until July 16th. Each day, a different blog or internet site will feature Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts and post about that person’s perspective on the book—PLUS each stop will have a drawing and one lucky person will win an electronic copy of the book.

You will need to leave a comment after the post, and then the winner will be emailed with information on how to claim their ebook prize, so be sure to include your email in your comment if you will be replying anonymously. You can enter once a day at each site… so if you don’t win today, then you have five more chances!

I would suggest that you visit everyone, including the posts that have already run, you never know what you may learn from this talented group of stitchers!

Good luck to you and Happy Stitching ~Christen

Sweet Little Girl: MMM challenge

mixed media collage

This is my entry for Mixed Media Monday’s challenge this week which is: Vintage Children. Take a moment to check out the other entries, there are a lot of really talented people who enter!

I started with a card that actually was a reproduction of a Victorian Greeting card. I added in bits of art paper, vintage lace, vintage Jacquard fabric, new paper lace, and a darling little birds next. I hand-made the ribbon worked flowers and leaves from vintage and new ribbons.

Enjoy, Christen

Newsies: TTM challenge

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Newsies: Monday's Child...

The challenge this week over at The Three Muses was Newspaper. Please stop by and see all of the entries, they will be bound to amaze you!

My piece started with a lovely stamp of a cherubic child’s face. I stamped the face several times on an article in the LA Times on health care, (fitting). I then cut and glued the faces onto a heavy stock paper, then this to cardboard. I painted the papers with acrylic paints, and matte Mod Podge. I added in the text and doodles with ink pens.

Monday’s Child is fair of face.
Tuesday’s Child is full of grace.
Wednesday’s Child is full of woe.
Thursday’s Child has far to go.
Friday’s Child is loving and giving.
Saturday’s Child has to work for its living.
Sunday’s Child is fair and wise and good and gay.
(I paraphrased the last line so that it would fit onto the paper!)

Have fun with what you do, make it count, and enjoy- Christen

Pink Warrior: MMM challenge

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Pink Warrior

This is my entry for Mixed Media Monday’s challenge this week, “It’s Not All Black and White”. There are always wonderful entries, take time to check them out!

This is a picture of my kid, when she was around 5. I tried to keep her in pink and girly colors but she wore me down; finally when she was about 8 she got her first pair of black jeans, wow! This is a photocopied picture of her, a little fuzzy but we didn’t have digital cameras way back when. I painted a cardboard wrapper with acrylic paints and detailed these with ink pen. I added in a few cool geegaws cause I thought they were fun. I added in a little ribbon that was left over from the bracelet I made her that is shown below.

bracelet made from ribbon flowers

Pink Warrior Bracelet

My kid is a Pink Warrior because she is walking for me and people like me who have seen the dark side of cancer, and come back with the help of loved ones. She will be participating in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for the Cure in November, if you would like to donate money towards her entry fee click here.

We are so very proud of her, can you tell? Christen

And Bingo was his Name-O: TTM challenge

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The prompt over at The Three Muses was OH Man, and I chose a shortened version of the prompt. Billy AKA “Yukon Jack” and his trusty steed “Bingo were the BMOTB (Big Men on the Block), 100 proof, all boy and all horse!

My collage started with this lovely image of a happy little boy on a pony, I added in bingo paper, image of a ruler, image of text, art papers, acrylic paints, and some bits of paper from a bottle of whiskey.

This one is for my Hubby, cause he is 100 proof, OH My Man! Love C

Enchanted: MMM challenge

mixed media collageThis is my entry for Mixed Media Monday hosted by Lori, with the theme Enchanted. This collage started with a greeting card that was given to me by a friend. I was enchanted with the drawing, and I love this group of ladies. I imagine them having a lovely tea party. I have added art paper, trim, ribbon worked flowers and vintage buttons.

Enjoy- Christen