October 18, 2015

Coming Home...

Hello fellow blogging friends...  It has been a long summer and a long absence from the blog but we have taken a new direction in life which called for moving from North Carolina to Alabama.  We decided that we would retire from tobacco farming and move me back to Alabama, my home state.  We closed on our sale May 15 and headed south the very same day.

We moved in with my daughter and her family while we searched for a home.  It took us 3 months to find a home we knew would fit the space we needed for us and our business.  Yes, we moved the website with us, www.crazyquiltingsupplies.com as well as my longarm machine so I can continue quilting for the public.

This is the outside of our new home...

And our entertaining area out back... 

We are updating a few things on the inside which has taken a great deal of time, hence no blogging.  We are almost to the finish line and I will share many more photos once my sewing space is set back up and running.  For now I just wanted you to know where I have been.

I have been invited to participate in a few blog hops but I declined until we get finished with our home.  I look forward to hopefully participating in some of those very soon. :)  I am itching to be stitching!

I have put all of my past posts on draft and will build a link to all of my old blog posts and add it to my sidebar.  I want to start back fresh and new on the front face of the blog.  I plan to bring new variety to the blog so stay tuned.

May 8, 2015

April 15, 2015

Where I Am....

yes, I have not blogged in days and days.. but this is what we are up to our eyeballs in... PACKING!!

We sold our farm and are relocating to the great state of Alabama once we close in May! I am super excited as I am going back home where my children, grandchildren, siblings and lots of other family reside.  Hubby has lived here in NC his entire life so it will be a big change for him, like it was for me when I moved here in 2003.

I will blog when I can so please bear with me.  Don't leave me. :)

March 27, 2015

Charm Box Blog Hop With The Fat Quarter Shop!

Many humble apologies to everyone who comes over for the Charm Box Blog Hop.  We sold our farm and have been packing in preparation to move to Alabama.  I forgot all about todays date!  I am so embarrassed and humbly beg your forgiveness for not having my Charm Box quilt ready for you all to see.  Kimberly of the Fat Quarter Shop and Daniar work hard to bring these hops to all of us and I do appreciate them a lot.

I would like to share these links with you so you can go check out the Charm Box pattern for yourself:

Charm Box Video tutorial: https://youtu.be/SOwRl2pdClA
Charm Box Quilt Kit in Aloha Girl: http://www.fatquartershop.com/charm-box-quilt-kit

Again, I am so very sorry for forgetting.  

March 19, 2015

Meet And Greet Stitchers Around The World + Giveaway!

Madame Samm of Sew We Stitch has put together a world-wide blog hop for cross stitchers, appliquers and embroiders.
You will find the full list of participants on her blog. and at the bottom of my post for today.
 Meet and Greet Blog Hop!
I would like to thank you all for coming by my blog to see what I have to share.  I dabble in a little bit of a lot of things but one thing I am trying to sharpen, are my embroidery skills.  I love to crazy quilt and embroidery skills are a must.  Before I started crazy quilting I basically had never embroidered anything, but fast forward 8 years+ and my skills are getting better.

I have been a needleworker most of my life, creating my first quilt blocks by hand at the age of 8.  My granny Ella taught me but would not let me use her sewing machine.  Those are the only quilt blocks I ever hand pieced but I have been quilting, sewing and using a needle ever since!
Next to a needle and sewing machine is my favorite place to be.

Although I have been a quilter for the past 36 years, I have found that I can find contentment and enjoy just sitting with a different kind of needle in my hand at various times.  I love to cross stitch, embroider, knit and needlepoint.  But not in that order.  I actually don't have a favorite any longer...
I just love to Create! no matter how!

The first photos I will share with you today are of some pieces I have done that involve creating trees.  I want to do a study in trees eventually.  My idea is to create trunks with various elements and then create the tree tops with as many materials as I can possibly find that will work.

First up is a tree that I did with a water theme.  This is the likings to a weeping willow growing by the side of a pond.  I used silk ribbon french knots to create the tree itself and did basic embroidery for the branches and other elements within the piece.

A close up of the embroidery work on the background of the piece.

This tree I call the fairy Goddess.  I used large leaf charms and buttons to create the tree top and embroidered a simple chain stitch for the tree itself.  I want to re-visit this tree and maybe do a satin stitch to fill in the trunk so you don't see the block background as you do here.

This tree is one of my favorites!  I call it my Apple Tree... hence the red and green vintage buttons.  I used tons of small buttons to create the tree top and then using silk ribbon, I created the tree trunk itself.  I did not do french knots in the tree but only pulled the silk ribbon through so far and then stopped each time before pulling it tight.  
I love the texture it gives the trunk.

To get away from the trees a bit, I have quite a bit of embroidery on this grandmothers fan piece.  My chain stitch and back stitch still need some honing but I am getting there little by little. I enjoyed embroidering and beading this piece and the use of the birds all hand dyed is the perfect finishing touch.  My friend Nicki hand dyes laces and I get my pieces from her.

I can't end the Meet and Greet without showing all of you my best masterpiece to date. In 2010 I had achilles tendonosis and was recliner bound for over 4 months so this piece was started for my oldest granddaughter as her 8th birthday present.  It took me a couple of months beyond that to get it completed but it is my best work yet.  There is a ton of embroidery work in this piece.

Allie's Tea Party

When I started this Allie's favorite color was pink... everything in her room was pink and just about every piece of clothing she owned had to be pink!  She also loved to have tea parties in her bedroom with friends or whoever would oblige her... sometimes that would be my hubby. :)

Fast forward 5 years and her room has changed quite a bit.. now it has horses, lassos and camouflage everywhere.  I asked her if she would like for me to bring her tea party piece home with me to safeguard it for her until she got married and she promptly told me it was not leaving her wall.  So  Allie's Tea Party hangs out with all the horses and camouflage and they all live happily together in her bedroom.  She makes this grandma smile. :)

Here are several close ups showing detail work.

Thank you for your visit today.  I hope that I have inspired you in some small way to go and pick up a needle and thread and stitch something.  I know you found me via Madame Samm's blog and I so appreciate her and for what she does for bloggers everywhere.  Don't forget to visit the other ladies on the hop by visiting the links at the bottom of my post. I am sure by the end of the day you will be so inspired by what you see, that you will have to go CREATE!

I would love to offer a giveaway on the blog today.  Someone from the comments will win a 25.00 gift certificate from Crazy Quilting Supplies!

All you need to do is leave a comment and make sure I can contact you should your name be drawn as the winner!  If you are a no-reply blogger, please leave your email in the comment section.

cross stitcher
Elizabeth @ecoughlindesigns
applique and red work

Theresa @bumbleberrycottage.com
cross stitcher

applique embroidery

Judy at frimart 
cross stitcher and applique

Linda @ buzzingandbumbling

Neinke At debordurrvrouw
cross stitcher

Barbara @ catpatches

Baa @baasamazingadventures
Thearica @ pigtalesandquilts
cross stitcher

Lynn @happinesiscrossstitching
cross stitch

cross stitch

Jill @ appleavenuequilts
cross stitch and applique


cross stitch with decorative seams

Marlene @ stitchinbythelake
wool applique and cross stitch

Daria @ zinaidaanshe
cross stitch

March 16, 2015

Bird Tree Blog Hop - My Day!

Lana over at It Seams To Be Sew has been a great head cheerleader for our hop this go round!  Madame Samm's never-ending ideas has landed us all in a birds nest this time and some of us have had fun working with some fabulous fabric by Tracy Lizotte for Elizabeth's Studio
It's called "Beautiful Birds"

I had the idea of using 4 panels and making a large wall-hanging to use in our master bath.  The back wall in our bath is over-sized and I thought it would be a perfect spot for such a quilt.  I searched for the fabric and found it on Etsy... actually it took 2 Etsy sellers to get what I needed.  I ordered it and had to wait for a bit to receive but it finally came. 

My first initial idea was to create a large tree and somehow insert the 4 panels in to that tree to make it appear as one large tree with all of these beautiful birds perched on the branches. I had no idea how I was going to do that but I was going to try and make it work.

Well, we all know about good intentions.. but wait...something positive is happening here on our farm and I found myself with not as much time as I needed to create my idea.  We have our farm for sale and we have a very interested buyer so we have been working on the place non-stop in preparation that we might be moving in the near future... this is also why you have not seen me blog in several days. :)

I did however, get a small project created for you so I would not be a no-show.  I really like the way this turned out and when I get time, it will be quilted on my longarm.  I like the way the birdhouses frame the center tree panel.  

Can't you just hear the birds chirping merrily along!

I hope you enjoyed my contribution to the Bird Tree Hop!

Please visit the other hoppers who share the day with me.

Pig Tales and Quilts -  you are here!

March 13, 2015

Tree Bird Blog Hop!

A new blog hop has began today!  If you love bird projects fly on over to Lana's for the FULL SCHEDULE and then check on her blog every day for the current ladies up for the day.

My day is Tuesday!  Come back to see what I created!

Up Today Showing Their Creations Are:

Friday, March 13