Thursday, January 29, 2015

11 Years Cancer Free!

First off I would like to Thank the Lord Jesus Christ that I am here today to be apart of the "We Support You" blog hop.  October 2003, at the age of 35 I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Because of my age and cancer type I had a radical mastectomy and underwent a clinical trial treatment of chemotherapy.  What normally would be a 16 week treatment was upped to a double dose in an 8 week period. I was engaged to be married and we decided to have a shotgun wedding before I lost my hair. I am now 46 and totally cancer free.  I had my last appointment with my oncologist a year ago.  I have to say that SUPPORT is what helps us all.  My whole family came to stay with us for several weeks to SUPPORT me.  I was blessed to have co-workers to SUPPORT me too. One thing that was helpful to me were a couple of stuffed ducks that my mother-in-law gave me.  After surgery it was very painful to lift my right arm.  I had to keep my arm elevated and these little ducks were a nice SUPPORT.

 Sadly my mother-in-law is no longer with us.  She died of cervical cancer not too long ago.  Unfortunately we all know someone who has had or currently has this terrible disease.  SUPPORT is the best we can do! In thinking of the SUPPORT I needed for my arm I decided to make this pillow. I used some vintage doilies for the bra fabric and a little reverse applique for the red accents. I am pleased with the way it turned out.  I think I will donate it to someone that I know that was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Thank You Madame Samm for this unique pattern.

I found this excellent website for anyone wanting to learn more. There are many types and stages of breast cancer and this is a good resource.  My prayers go out to anyone and everyone that has "any" type of cancer.  Thank You to Pat for being our Cheerleader and to Madame Samm for this hop!  Please visit the other ladies that are showing their SUPPORT!

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Mandy Helps in the Sewing Room

I love my little helper!  Nice to have a buddy by my side.  
Sometimes she does get in my way.  When I am trying to design using EQ7.  That's when she wants to lay on the keyboard or walk around right in front of the screen. Back and forth rubbing her tail in my face. Other times I am like "Hey, do you mind if I use that fabric you are lying on. She is a great protector of my books and magazine.
As long as they are on the shelf.  However, if I sit on the couch and try to look through one she likes to jump up and try to scratch at the pages as I turn them.  As I found out this weekend she apparently likes paper piecing too LOL.
 I would show you what I am working on but then I would have to kill you.  ha ha...I am testing a block for Quiltmaker 100 blocks.  Do you have any helpers in your crafting room?  Have a Kwilt Krazy day!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Try as I might

Well, well I could give you all my excuses even though they are legit I won't bore you with them, other than to say I just got overwhelmed.  I started my cross stitching in mid December right in the middle of trying to get three quilts completed for Christmas gifts. I bought the Q Snap frame and it is sew much easier to deal with than the round hoops. As far as the stitching progress goes, I began with 28 count Aida and found out fairly soon that I was too new at cross stitching to use the smaller count. So, I ordered 14 count and started again.   My husband surprised me with the Beam & Read as one of my Christmas gifts. So, after work I sat on the couch and stitched while he watched tv.  Nice light that doesn't bother others around you. I see many of you ladies have done so much and you all are such an inspiration.  I still would like to share my progress so far.

Here is my stitching.

I did finish the pinny using Cori's pattern.  One of my circles was too small and when I pulled on the thread it became a yo yo so I decided to use it on the front of the pinny and I added a bead to the center.
 I found these wonderful handles at Thearica'sshop Crazy Quilting Supplies

 I love the cute designs so I bought more than one for future tammy bags ;) Check out the cute smiley hands.
I have the outside (except for the cross stitch), complete and the inside is complete too. Put your rose colored glasses on and imagine it all put together. I can't I guess I need to get stitching.

Thanks so much to Brooke Nolan for the cross stitch patterns, Cori Blunt for the Pinny Patterns, Mary for being our wonderful cheerleader and as alwas, Madam Samme. I know I will be pleased with my cross stitched Tammy once I am finished but I didn't want to rush and really mess it up.
Check out the other posts today! I am sure they will have some real beauties. COMPLETE beauties!
January 16, 2015

Julia Plunkett will post on Sewwequilt

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Back on track

Here is what I have been up to:

Finished my first Block from Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM

I have been too busy to blog and I decided I couldn't since some of these were Christmas surprises. I made a batman quilt for my granddaughter. Yes, she has a crush on Batman :) This pattern is on Craftsy from Laurel B.
I made an Ariel quilt for my other granddaughter. She loves that movie! My friend gave me the panel and I got to practice FMQ all around the sea shells and Ariel's hair and body. I also stuffed flounder to give him a little 3 D look.
  I made a  Wonder Woman quilt for my daughter. I searched for a photo of Wonder Woman on Google and then I traced it with a light box and then used the Thread Art quilting process by Lola Jenkins. Finally coloring it in with colored pencils

I didn't know if I would get finished in time but luckily I completed the last one the Sunday before Christmas.

I am now getting Krochet Krazy.  I found this site by Sharon Ojala Amigurumi To Go. I made this cute little mouse with his own winter scarf. 

All of these patterns and tutorials are free.  I gave her a donation for sharing all of this with us but it is not required. My first crochet animal was this bear. 

 I got the pattern from a little book that I bought from Walmart.  I also made a little mermaid crochet doll. (guess I don't have a picture of that one)  This website has a link to several mermaid patterns. Pink Mambo While at work I think about crafting all day but when I get home I am beat. I still want to craft but I just sit on the couch rather than go to the sewing room.  So I can crochet on the couch and relax.  I signed up for the Harry Potter  Project of Doom quilt along at Fandom in Stitches.  I am going to do the Sweetwater Co.  BOM, loved the fabric.  I won a trip to Hampton, VA Quilt Fest Feb 2015 Yeehaw! I am now a Block tester for Quiltmaker 100 blocks Yahoo! I am still designing blocks to go to my Crafsty pattern store.  Antony is free and Wormey is .99 cents. I plan to have more FREE patterns soon. I have signed up for the Tammy Bag Blog Hop and the We Support You Blog Hop. Check them out!  I also became a member of Crafty Gemini Quilt Club. I attend a quilting bee twice a month and I am a board member of the Vance Quilts R US guild. I am sure I missed something. Wow all of this since my last post. Shoosh now that I talked about all of this I know why my head is spinning all of the time!  Next year I plan on taking more as I go photos and I want to learn to take better quality photos. Until next time Have a Kwilt Krazy Day!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Trick or Treat, Short and Sweet!

I need some new sewing feet! LOL Thanks to Wicked Wendy for being our cheerleader!  My name is Wendy too. My husband would agree that I can be a Wicked Wendy also ! ha ha ;)  I have a Krazy mind.  So this is the first thing that popped into my head when I heard Black Cat Crossing.  I thought of how witches are usually the tricksters.  Well, now the trick is on her.  While she is brewing some treats the black cat is sneaking up on her to play a trick on her.  He's telling us to shhhh and not tell.  

I thought I would try to do some free motion ghosts all around.  
Here is a close up of black cat.

 And the witch too

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Monday, October 27                                     
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Tuesday, October 28

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A Stitch in Time     

Thursday, October 30

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Krazy Rush

First a shout out to Carol for cheering us on. Thanks sew much! As always a big Thanks to Madame Samm for all that she does to bring us all together. I did this backwards this is my second project. (tell you why in a minute)  I really had to RUSH to get this second one done. (because of my mistake)  I got the pattern from Sew it Today magazine. 

   I am sew happy with the way it turned out. 

(now for my embarrassing confession)
 The next project I actually started first.  Apparently I can't read.  I didn't understand "only" red, black, white, grey. Since I spent a lot of time on this I decided to share anyway. It has other colors in it but I also used some rush hour fabric.  So, imagine you are in the car with this woman.  You are on the way to work and there is bumper to bumper traffic.  What is she doing?  

Using the rear view mirror to put on her mascara.  Yes, I have seen that too many times.  Notice the old man in her rearview mirror is not very pleased with her either “well la de freakin da”

 ha ha that still makes me laugh.  The semi truck in front is Rushing to deliver Rush Hour fabric to all J
Don't forget to check out all the other Rush Hour posts today!
Tuesday, September 30
Kwilt Krazy That's Me ;)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

Hi, this is my first “Around the World Blog Hop” I would like to introduce myself and also share some links to some very inspirational quilters. My name is Wendy Kruskie I live in North Carolina.  I am married to a wonderful guy that continues to support me and encourage me in this wonderful world of quilting. I have been quilting for about 2 years and I am constantly learning new things. I was invited to join the Hop by Jennifer Schifano Thomas @ CurlicueCreations. One of her most recent quilt designs is Cosmic Blast, see below.

 Isn't it out of this world?  The pattern is in the Fall 2014 issue of Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. You have to check out her blog she has so much to share. Her designs have been in too many magazines to count.Thanks for inviting me Jennifer!

 Now to answer the Hop questions:

 1. What am I working on? I am working on a lot of different things. I am in a "Rush" to finish a wall hanging for the “Rush Hour” blog hop. Here is a little sneak peak.

 Here is some progress on “Frog Days of Summer”

 Laying it out
Checking out the bottom blocks with the applique

Fused but not yet sewn.
and here is where I am now.  
 I am almost done but had to put it on hold for the upcoming Rush Hour hop. I am also going to be in the “Black Cat Crossing” Hop. I have started the design but not cut or sewn anything yet. I have a couple of charity quilts I am working on and a new Christmas wreath quilt I will be starting at my quilt bee tonight.

 2. How does my work differ from others? I would say it is all over the place. I never know what I will be doing next. I like to try too many different things at once. Something that pops in my head is how I start to draw and doodle to get my concept going. My granddaughters visited recently and were having a great time learning to fish. They actually “liked” the worms that they were fishing with and wanted to keep them as pets. So I came up with a worm block. I don’t think I have ever seen one before LOL. This is the block that I designed.

 The pattern is on Craftsy.

3. Why do I write/create what I do? It is nice to get feedback from people that enjoy the same hobby. Sometimes it is hard to find people that can appreciate the time and effort we put into our creations. The internet has become a great place to share and find inspiration from so many other people all over the world.

4. How does my writing/creating process work? I am not really sure. I am pretty new at this. I have been quilting for a couple of years. I am just now learning EQ7 and having a blast with the software. As stated before some crazy idea pops in my head. I make a quick doodle and then go play in EQ7. Here is a doodle.  Which is my rush hour project. What a bad doodle.  LOL...I know some people have wonderful elaborate drawings.  Mine are just drawn in under a minute hee hee.  It works!

  I still have a lot to learn and I look forward to seeing new creations from each of you every day. So now for a short introduction to another inspiration in my life, you may have seen her site. If not check it out. Bea @ Beaquilter  Her designs have also been in several magazines. Her most recent quilt design is in the July/August 2014 issue of McCall’s Quilting.

She has an EQ7 teaching tutorial every Tuesday. Bea should be posting to Around the World Blog Hop post up next Monday September 22nd. Check it out! Until next time have a Kwilt Krazy day!

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