March 15, 2011

Sponsored Giveaway! Kathy Seaman Shaw!

Emilee Claire decided mamaw needed to come to Alabama to welcome her into the world so this drawing was on hold until this morning!

I took the time to go over to Kathy's blog to see if you all completed that part of the sign up and I was HAPPY to see 100% participation!!!  You readers rock!

I used Random.org to determine the winner and "DEBBIE" is the lucky winner!!


This is the winning comment:
Debbie said...



Thanks for hosting Kathy, Thearica. I'm a steady reader of Kathy's blog, so I appreciate her long and interesting article here. Kathy's book has been on my wish list, so this giveaway is great!

For those of you who did not win, I will tell you that the book is definitely worth buying!  I bought the first copy!!  and I am so glad that I did!  Here is the link that will take you to her website so you can order yours! ShawklDesigns

Hi…my name is Kathy…but most folks know me as Shawkl which is the name of my blog and my “cyber space” name on several other boards. In total, I belong to 18 cyber groups…thankfully, not all of them are very active! But since each offers me a different glimpse to a stitching technique I love or want to learn more about…I’m hooked!  And…the swaps and challenges keep me busy! Here is one of the mermaid silkies I stitched for my friend Nickilee. The sequin and beaded tail of the mother was stitched by me, as was the hair, and the baby tail was stitched by Nickilee.
  I am in my mid-fifties…and live in a tiny little town in northeastern Alabama.  My entire family lives here…all six of my siblings and their children, my mother, my two children, and my three grandchildren. So, it’s a nice place to be. I am retired and now get to call my time my own…but my family doesn’t understand that at times…LOL! Before you get too bored…let me share a photo of the second mermaid I completed for Nickilee.
 Nickilee started me on my crazy quilt journey by being the hostess of a swap of 6” crazy quilt hearts. Here is one of mine…I have come a long way since this first attempt at CQ! 

And here is one of my Crazy Quilt Blocks I stitched for my friend Susan in Texas. We are both members of the HGTV Message Board, Crafts—Quilting and Needlework.
 My stitching began at an early age…mostly to dress my dolls. I did not really get serious until graduating from high school; and mostly it was cross-stitch, crochet, and dress-making I attempted back then. Even to this day…anyone in the family that needs pants hemmed or patches sewn on their jackets…brings them to me. Wedding dresses were my job as well for several in the family…but after my niece got married and wanted a 15 foot train…I stopped doing these! I also do not sew men’s suits any longer…and hate putting in trouser zippers!  My niece has been hinting lately for a gown…but, I’m trying not to relent. Her sister was a gorgeous bride however; and I feel myself start to give in…ssshhhh don’t tell her!  Here is a photo of the last bride I dressed. I also made the flower-girl’s dress, her basket, and all of the bridal parties flowers…I’m a crafter as well as a needle-artist. 

My ex-husband was in the military and we spent a great deal of our 20+ years together in Germany and Indianapolis. During this time I was very involved with cross-stitch, Hardanger, and long stitch needle-arts. Quilting did not become a passion until the 1980’s after attending a class with a friend in Indiana.  She took me to Kaye England’s quilt shop…before Kaye became an author and well-known quilter.  A very few years later… all of my cross-stitch was packed away in boxes!  Here is a close-up of a quilt I finished for my sister, Jan…it is called Apple Bars and pattern is by Lynette Jensen as published in her book “The Thimbleberries Book of Quilts”.
Since that first class, I have made a huge variety of quilts for my family over the years. However, I have only two of my very own! …what’s wrong with that picture! I have taught quilting at craft shops, quilt shops, the Alabama State Fair, and now offer classes at the local college.  I occasionally teach a “cyber class” in quilting but mostly rely on my blog www.shawkl.com as a vehicle for me to instruct and share my stitching adventures. Would you like to see my very first quilt? I didn’t even know that attempting a king size quilt was NOT a good thing! It is horrendous…a blue log cabin and the blocks had to be at least 30 inches each…as it only took 6 or 8 (can’t remember) to create the quilt. It was tied with yarn…and after multiple washes…they looked like little balls of fur all over the quilt. I ‘graciously’ let my spouse have it in the divorce…as he loved it! Here it is on our king size bed. 

Thankfully, I kept reading and learning! After Indianapolis, we moved south to Enterprise, Alabama. I loved this as it was only 4.5 hours drive to my mother’s house! The ladies in the Enterprise Quilters Guild became good friends…and I miss them terribly! One of my most favorite quilts to work on during these years was done for our “raffle quilt” during the 2000 Millennium Quilt Show. The concept was mine, titled “Moving from the past to the future”. The idea was to create traditional quilt blocks in only dark fabrics as a background for bright stars and curved motif medallion.  We used only black, blue-black, and navy fabrics for the background traditional blocks…and bright yellow, gold, red and blue for the center medallion. I don’t recall where the star patterns came from…possibly Judy Martin or Judy Hopkins as both authors were favorites of mine during this time. The center motif was from “Curves Unlimited” by Joyce M. Schlotzhauer. The medallion and stars were pieced by me, as were some of the background blocks, the remaining blocks were pieced by other members. We all shared in hand-quilting the top. I would love to have this quilt…and have often thought about recreating it just for the fun of doing it again. 

Crazy quilting has been a primary focus of mine for almost three years now, and the reason I began my blog. I have stitched on a lot of round robin blocks and different projects in a short amount of time. In 2010 my tote bag “The Queen” won first place in the Crazy Quilter’s International Yahoo Group’s purse contest. She has over 400 hours of stitching in her…and I was very proud that she was recognized as a favorite among such great and accomplished needle-artists!
 Just recently, I authored my first book Embellishing Crazy Quilts which can be found at Amazon. Autographed copies are also available from my studio at www.shawkldesigns.com and   I am very excited about this book because it gives me another opportunity to share my stitching and embroidery motif patterns…and hopefully it will also entice more folks to try crazy quilting.

My second book is also in production…and I hope to have it out this spring or summer. It deals with “sane” quilting instead of crazy quilting. Plus, I also have three other book concepts that I have not started stitching models for…but they have been in my head for some time. One has been in concept for over ten-years…and the cover photo (in my head) is of a wedding gown with the train showing…and it is full of shadow appliqué flowers flowing down from the dress bustle.  The train is totally designed and about 1/3 of the way appliqued…but has been put away since my grand-daughter was born in 2003…so, perhaps I’ll be motivated to pull that out again in the next few months and complete it. My life is crazy…and my time is certainly not always my own! Here is a sample of one of the shadow-appliqué floral patterns that will be incorporated into the wedding train.

Apparently, I write like I talk…long winded! So, let me finish by saying that presently I dabble in stumpwork and want to do more of that in the coming months…and I recently got interested in learning about Brazilian Embroidery as a natural progression (I think) of dimensional type stitching. I stitch a lot these days…and quilt very little…but have several Un-Finished Objects that are long-term projects to also keep me busy! Thank you for reading such a long post! And  I hope you will check out all of my tutorials and blog posts at www.shawkl.com Big Hugs! Kathy (aka Shawkl)

Kathy Shaw
http://www.shawkl.com/
http://www.shawkldesigns.com/
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FANTASTIC interview Kathy!!  Thank you so much!!

And now dear blogging friends!  How would you like the chance to win your very own signed copy of Kathy's new book Embellishing Crazy Quilts?

1. Comment on this post now through Sunday, March 6th,  at 10:00 p.m. Eastern time for the chance to win!!

2. Also, go over to Kathy's blog and comment on one of her many post to let her know how well you enjoyed her interview and tell her how excited you are to have the chance to win her book!!


Gotta do BOTH to enter the giveaway! :)


Good luck everyone!!!

16 comments:

Roolen said...

So interesting interview! Thank you Kathy, thank you Thearica! :)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow what an amazing interview. What an amazing book! Thanks for entering me :-)

jennifer said...

Wow that's some pretty stuff going to jump over to her bolg now. Thanks

robin said...

Great interview - I'd love to win the book! Thanks for the chance! I went to the Shawkl blog and left a comment - wow - is all I can say!!! She's so talented!

ShirleyC said...

I would love a chance to win. My first big quilt was a log cabin, and I still have it.

Loralynn said...

Wonderful interview! Her work is incredible...I love, especially, the mermaids...lovely!

Wendy said...

what a great interview with Kathy.....I would love to own her book....thanks for the chance to win one....

Wendy said...

I went and left a comment on Kathy's post about your block she was working on....great block by the way...

A Gal Who said...

I really enjoyed this interview and the photos. When I spotted that little crazy heart picture, I knew I wanted to try this technique next! The book would certainly inspire me!

Marcia W. said...

Thank you for this wonderful interview. I visited the shawkl blog and left comments (#10,11) on Sunday - the post where she has a teaser about "your" cq block! It's lovely! I do so want to learn lots more about crazy quilting, so please enter me into the drawing. Thanks to you both for the chance.

Debbie said...

Thanks for hosting Kathy, Thearica. I'm a steady reader of Kathy's blog, so I appreciate her long and interesting article here. Kathy's book has been on my wish list, so this giveaway is great!

Butterfly said...

great interview.

Leona

Judy said...

Oh Kathy your work is really lovely. I love the mermaid so much! This interview was interesting, and I love how Thearica prommotes others' works.I didn't know about your blog, so I'm going to have a look. Thankyou for taking the time to do this.

Nancy said...

What a great interview! I wish I had her drive and stamina - and talent! Thanks for the giveaway too!

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Great interview! Thanks for the chance to win this book. I've always wanted to try crazy quilting and have been too intimidated.

Debbie said...

Wow, I can't believe I won Kathy's book! I've been eying her book ever since she started talking about it. Thank you Thearica and Kathy!