For some reason I had never considered traditional crazy patchwork even though it combines the two things I love - patchwork and hand embroidery.
Some time last summer I came across Jennifer Clouston's blog Sew So Crazy!. I thought her work exquisite and enjoyed following her posts about her students work. In December Jennifer published her first book and I have treated myself to a copy of it. Her work is superb and there is so much inspiration in it.
Then in the autumn I was paired with Caroline Heinrich of Good Earth Quilting for a Christmas postcard swap. Carli is a great crazy quilter and sent me this beautiful postcard.
When she told me that she would be hosting a Crazy quiltalong starting in the New Year I signed up straight away!
And so finally to the point of this blog!
The Crazy Quilt Along 2014 has started! We are going to make a wall hanging using four 12" blocks, one for each of the seasons. The first block, appropriately, is winter. I have chosen this picture of frosty cotoneaster as my inspiration.
Although I have to say there is very little frost around here this winter and this picture was taken last winter.
I have put together the patchwork background of my block.
And plan to do all the stitching in white or silver to make it look frosty.
I am a little unsure about the size of this - possibly a 9" block would suit me better - so I have marked a 9" square on the surface and will aim to fill that first and see how I feel about it!
I have been through all my threads and beads and have come up with this selection to work with.
So now it is all going in a box ready to take away to Spain with us in 10 days time when I hope to have some time for hand stitching.
I have another four new followers - welcome to Heather, Teresa and Linda from the Crazy Quilt Along and also to Karen. Thank you for dropping in.
Meanwhile I am looking forward to FNSI which is tomorrow.