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Beginning the New Year

on January 7, 2015

Well here is a look at the start of my first block I made at the crazy quilt workshop held at the Crones’ Cradle Conserve. I had a wonderful day, the other 10 women attending the group created some beautiful blocks and I am only sorry I forgot to pack my camera (and lunch) because it would have been nice to show off their blocks too.
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Our instructor Celeste Viale was encouraging and shared her knowledge with the group, as well as her love of quilt making. As the day wore on and stitching got under way I could feel the stress and tension of December melt away, this in part to the crazy quilt making and the idyllic setting at the Crones’ Cradle. 

The short walk through a wooded path to the building where the workshop was held had me smiling with each step, I was in my element surrounded by nature and the soft sounds of birdsong, and meowed greetings from a few cats helped ease the tension of driving through a early morning fog at times so dense my fingers aches from gripping the steering wheel so tight.

Fabrics, trims, buttons, threads and floss were plentiful and shared among the group, tips, ideas and many questions along with some laughter soon gave way to the silence of nearly a dozen women heads bent reverently stitching their crazy quilt block.  I’m not sure if I mentioned in an earlier post but the blocks were all pieced by hand.

Well this workshop was the first foray into my plan of making 2015 my year for creativity, if the rest of my year goes as well as this first class all I can say is it’s going to be a great year. Now if I can just remember to grab my camera. 

Here is a closer look at the block, the blue piece above the butterflies is my attempt at embroidering a spiderweb without drawing it on, its not completed yet, while stitching it I realized I would rather wait until all the block is completely pieced before I embroider.

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The stitching on the green Celtic knot embroidery piece was completed on New Years Day, now with both of my test pieces done I need to figure out what to do next.

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