2/01/2012

My crazy quilting life in one blog post!


Pigtails and Quilts is  having a "Crazy Quilts are Quilts Too" celebrating crazy quilting and I'm pleased to be participating..  Crazy quilters are being asked to tell about their work...show examples, tell when you started etc.

  I live on the "dry side" of Washington State with mountains to the north and wheat fields to the south. If I'm not wearing an apron and cooking, I'm wearing my chatelaine and stitching. I especially love creating art that is functional, dimensional and tactile. I have a huge barn filled with endless bins and boxes of interesting bits and pieces for more projects than I have time left. I live on a farm with one husband, numerous Tunis sheep, three chickens, two corgis and a large garden planted for wildlife

I started crazy quilting about 16 years ago and it was entirely different from anything I do now...  I used a foundation fabric and applied vintage cutter linens and embellishments.. I had just gotten a new sewing machine which did lettering so I had sayings all over this vest for my husband..  It was one of my very first pieces.. We used to have booths at flower shows and this was his "uniform."  There was very little in the way of seam treatments as all the edges were the linens themselves.. and all the embroidery work was what was already on the linens.  I still have a large supply of these linens and would like to do another project using them.  I especially like the saying "I'm a fungi."




This block pretty much defines the encrusted look I love to do..... pieces that the longer you look at them the more you see... And I  like to tell a story with my blocks even though I may the only person who hears it...  I also have a real soft spot for the whimsical and it often shows up in my work.



Even though the traditional lace and embroidery work such as my piece on the left is my comfort zone, I continually try to stretch the limits of what I can do with a needle.... such as on the right.
This quest for challenges is why I love to join round robins.  I'm asked to do things and use colors that I would have never done on my own... Over the years I've been in Crazy Quilt International, I figure I have worked on well over 100 blocks which are now around the world.  Here are just a sampling. Please enjoy and thanks for stopping by.  I would love it if you would become a follower and visit regularly...   Also drop by Pigtails and Quilts and visit other crazy quilters and see what's happening.



19 comments:

Lorraine@creativedaily said...

A beautiful array of stitching Gerry!

Susan Elliott said...

Oh! I've just had such a laugh reading all those sayings on that vest!!! You are a hoot!!

And I am SOOO happy to see so many of my favorite pieces of yours here in one place to enjoy. I've always enjoyed the backside gardener...and that owl!! And the candy cane block and the snowman and the list goes on and on. Aren't you so grateful for the pictures?? Congratulations. They're beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Your creations are so lovely. Thank you for sharing. Jane in MO

Maureen said...

I admire your work so much. I think you have so much variety and the love shines through.

Susan said...

Beautiful body of work, Gerry! I just adore that vest.

Marilyn said...

I've only been reading your blog every morning for the last couple of years so its nice to see some of your other work in there. Each new picture brought another "oh, I love that". I was trying to pick one thing that was favourite but there are too many - the owl, the tree with the face, the beaded spider, the goldwork fan, the button trail on the first block you posted. Thanks for sharing

Ati. said...

Gerry it is such a JOY to see so many beautiful CQ work from you again. Special the beautiful owl you made a while ago. And the rose bow in my garden block :)And the garden lady in her checkered skirt :)And..and...

kerrykatiecakeskeb43 said...

It is always such a joy to look at your work, Gerry! You have shown some really awesome pieces here - thanks for the inspiration!

MosaicMagpie said...

That vest is too funny and so great! I always love to look at your work!
Deb

Connie said...

You know I love your work Gerry! What an eyeful you have here. (-;

Phillipa In NZ said...

Absolutely inspiring work. Thanks for sharing.

Thearica said...

Gerry.. Your work is fabulous! Lots of inspiration for we that follow behind you. :)

shirley said...

oh my goodness...so many goodies. i love them all. i, too, love to embellish the block until there is no room left. LOL i sure would love to visit that old barn with all the bits and pieces. i'll bet that is a piece of heaven. we need pics of that. LOL

thanks for sharing
shirley

jacki said...

Your work is awsome! Lovely! Thanks for the inspiration!

July said...

fANTASTIC! I follow in love with your blog!

fiberluscious said...

So very inspiring. Took my breath away!

Elaine Bentley said...

You are so talented.......absolutely stunning .I love it all....what amazing creativity ....so inspirational!

Elaine Bentley said...

This is the most beautiful ,creative and inspiring work I have ever seen...... absolutely mind blowing!

Люся said...

Отличные работы!

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