10/20/2013

Happy Dance, New Class and Necklace Upcycle!!!

I do a little happy dance every time I'm choosing threads.  I couldn't be happier since I now keep my thread on the large rings.  It is such a joy to lay the ring of threads right across the block to make my choices....











And remember in September when I told you I had a new workshop coming up at a quilt shop  using a new format.... an introduction rather that a series of classes.?  It's only a one-day workshop and I asked for only 7 people.  Well 9 have signed up and we've added another date in Dec. and that has filled up and now there is a waiting list for after the first of the year...  Mine you they are not really learning anything ....just seeing if they think they would like doing something with no directions, time consuming and addictive... If they like it, I can have sit & stitch at the shop or they can come to the house.  We meet here the last Saturday of the month and a couple Wednesdays during the month.. It's informal with everyone working at their own pace.   It works best here at the house as I HAVE STASH.... Wish me luck...  Here is how the workshop was advertised.

 Sunday Nov. 3 - 12-4
   "Introductory Workshop  to Crazy Quilting"
by Gerry Krueger

Crazy quilting is free-form and embraces all aspects of various needlework skills. 
Each piece is one-of-a-kind.
The afternoon  will begin with a slide show on crazy quilt history and various styles of crazy quilts..     Lots of samples of crazy quilting will be available to fondle and discuss.  Time will be spent on how to build multiple-layered seams, the hallmark of crazy quilting. Finally the construction of a block for a first project and a guide to the steps for success in crazy quilting. Lots of eye candy, freebies, and handouts. 


Although the jazzy red necklace upcycle was not on any to-do list , I just had to drop everything and do it...  It's been a long time since I've done any jewelry and I noticed I had a bunch of brooches waiting to be upcycled... Maybe this winter.  I lost touch with my beading buddy so I'll have to track her down.... I can hardly wait to wear this...

I used old beads, an old brooch, parts of another necklace and various beads and findings...plus the necklace I bought and disassembled...of course.

6 comments:

margaret said...

your introduction course sounds wonderful I am sure everyone will benefit form attending. Necklace is a real beauty, you have certainly added the extra pieces to enhance it

Amy in LA said...

Gerry: You are amazing! Such a renaissance lady-you garden, cook, entertain, travel, CQ, blog, teach, play bridge, make jewelry.....and do it all so very artistically! If only I lived closer, I would dearly love to see that stash of yours. Thanks for sharing it all with us on the internet. Love your sufferagette CQ project-it looks amazing! Love, Amy in LA

Marilyn said...

The ring idea works well for you. I'm still trying to figure out some where I could store them to use the same method. And the necklace is gorgeous. I'm becoming more and more of a red fan - it used to be in the same category as orange - I never had any reds or oranges. But as I learn more about colour, I'm finding I quite like many colours I never liked before. Today I am moving on to painting the last wall in my sewing room. Gone are the days when I could do a whole room in one day - 2 coats on the walls and the first coat on the moldings. But my knees just don't do ladders so well any more.

Suztats said...

Oooh, your necklace is gorgeous! And I would certainly sign up for your class if I lived close enough. Congrats on the great response.

Mosaic Magpie said...

I LOVE THE NEW HEADER!!!!! I can see why everyone wants to make that great looking necklace!

Cathy K said...

Wow . . . where to start?!? First, the necklace is lovely, and so YOU! :-) Secondly, do you charge for the one-day workshop? That sounds like it would be more do-able than continuing classes. Thirdly, your Suffragette blocks are, as is always the case with your work, to die for! I miss talking to you. Must write a real letter or call soon! Hugs, Cat

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