Why I joined the Crazy Quilt Journal Project (CQJP) 2015 Challenge?
Don't you have enough on your plate Ingrid?
(Yes... 😉 ) But it's more than adding to my busy schedule of international canvas and porcelain exhibitions, writing books and art projects.
It's all part of organising my ME time, the time I get to de-stress and enjoy creating beautiful pretty things just for pure pleasure of creating. That is worth making the time and space, don't you think?
So, I decided to join the CQJP challenge on facebook, which involves producing one CQ block per month for all of this year; so there will be 12 blocks in total.
What will I create?
You all know how much I love silk ribbon embroidery, well now, I'm going to apply my fabric prints and designs to creating new things with them.
The best thing so far- and I haven't even sewn a stitch, is that I've met lots of inspiring Crazy quilters and made new creative friends, a bonus part of this journey...AND been inspired by lots of beautiful work, laces, embellishments and fabrics.
Once a month I'll be sharing my templates and designs and sharing how I go. I have NEVER done quilting before or crazy quilting, so this will be something new. I'm not new to embellishing, see here, here; however there are lots of new skills to learn!
How do I start my Crazy Quilting?
Well, I'm making a heart shape CQ pillow first. I've gone through my very skeletal stash to put together some ideas, and I've bought some new bits and pieces to make it all come together. I'll be sharing more about this on my next post.
Here are some ideas from my new CQ friend Barbara at Raviolee Dreams:
One thing I am doing is only buying what I will need for this project (1 block) and my next project (6 blocks). It's the approach I have to all my creative pursuits, to only buy what I need- or believe me, I'll go nuts with all the beautiful things you can buy for CQ! I've already bought a few things, see below. That's one of my embroidered fabric prints in the middle. I'm looking at doing a modern style for this one.
I have started some albums on Pinterest to collate my ideas (some are private albums) but I'm really enjoying the research and finding ideas.
If you do crazy quilting, I'd love to hear from you, and any great sites you can recommend to learn from, just add them in the comments.
Here are my favorites so far: