Saturday, November 26, 2016

Open on Saturday's







Open house on Saturdays 
That's Dec.3rd, 10th and 17th. 4pm -7pm Come and learn ( for free ) how to thread a sewing machine and Sew Something, a 4 patch out of free fabric squares! I teach classes in all aspects of textile art. Quilts , Wall Art , & lots of small quilt art objects are always for sale.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Small Business Saturday at Crooked Pine Quilts .



 

    Small Business Saturday at Crooked Pine Quilts November 26 Saturday 10am-2pm. 

Contact me at : needleinahaystack7@yahoo.com 

https://www.facebook.com/crookedpinequilts/

Now on to the fun I have had in the north. Sometimes It is hard to not find my animal people no matter how much I say to myself , please don't! Here I am leading the cats away from the jeep. At Animal Haven 
  


Friday, September 23, 2016

the adventures of chickpea" until she raffles off to someone's else's roost

Chickpea 
is 23'' by 29''
 This picture taken as a "shameless plug of my business" photo may give a bit of realism to the size. 
Stay tuned for  future photo's with descriptions of how I made Chick. 
Nothing is better than seeing it in person , as it a fiber bird and not a pheasant under glass.
I am quite thankful that in addition to other genetic attributes 
I inherited my funny bone from both my mom and dad.
Below is my mom's dammit doll with Chickpea.  

I will give the dammit doll to whomever buys the most tickets at one time. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Raffle

                                                                                 

Drawing 12/29/16 Tickets $5

Online link to tickets 

      Wall quilt raffle to benefit Wildlife Rehabilitation!

“Chick Pea” was designed and sewn by Amanda Whitsel and is based on my resident Coturnix quail, who provides eggs for the opossums.  Her full name is Lady Frida La Placida Nordbrooke of Kensigntonhamshireville-on Hudson, but that wouldn't fit on the back of this colorful, handcrafted piece.  Set in a handmade frame from reclaimed wood, this would brighten anyone's home!  All proceeds go towards rehabilitating orphaned and injured wildlife in Madison County, Georgia.
$5 a ticket or
$20 for 4 tickets
You can buy tickets online: http://paypal.me/degrasse (specify chick pea raffle and supply your address) or by check or cash to Suzie DeGrasse or Amanda Whitsel.  
Drawing will be December 29: tickets make a great stocking stuffer

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Chickpea is ready to fly!

This quilt started off in my mind's eye as a little yellow chick to raffle for 
Suzie, my friend who is a
State and federally licensed wildlife rehabilitator 
(and generally good human).For Suzie's Facebook page click here 
Suzie rescues 'possums, bunnies as well as advice lots and lots of people, via social media, phone, and email.

Recently, Suzie built herself an aviary and I learned that bird rescue is a tricky proposition. When I suggested a yellow chickee she asked
 "Could it maybe be more like wild chicks?’’
The name of the real live Chick at Suzie’s is
 "Lady Frida La Placida Nordbrooke of Kensingtonhamshire-on Hudson"
That wouldn't fit on the back of the quilt but Susie calls her Chickpea for short. Thank goodness, because that name is bigger than the quilt.
Check back later for details about my raffle for saving wildlife in
Madison County Ga one bird at a time.
$5 a ticket or 
$20 for 4 tickets 
or... 



Saturday, September 3, 2016

Shadow Quilts ?

Shadow Quilts ? 

Good grief charlie brown , I am going to post again this fine month , god willing and the creek don't rise.  


Picture a quilt in this empty frame , careful it might start to be a shadow frame! 


A quilt can be framed in so many ways so for the sake of brevity, giggle giggle giggle  I will try and stick to just 2.    
If your goal is to save a thick quilt my advice is to use a shadow frame. Thinner quilts can work in both , it's totally up to the framer. 


Friday, September 2, 2016

Harry Dogs and Harry Potter : both make me happy

Harry Dogs and Harry Potter : both make me happy said Amanda . Proof : 


Harry Potter needs no picture , correct ? 

lets talk a wee bit more about other ways to think about the hairy. 

the lovely girl in the photo above is named ? and she makes enough hair to be almost an honorary hairy bulldog.

So to end here,as I need to , could hairy belle ever be red ? 

Conundrum!! 
A  

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Piece and Peace

Happy July 17th 2016

  

I almost met Carrie Bloomston in 2015 but her devotion to summers off with her kids kept her from coming to Atlanta/Athens to promote her book A Little Spark. This week Carrie blogged about Amy Butler's new book Piece Keeping and the Blog Tour that Carrie participated in by creating the project she is modeling below.  


The rest of the Blog Tour participants work can be seen by clicking on the words Amy Butler  

Some quilting at the farm and at Judy's and some of the 2016 cow crop are pictured below.





Calving started March 18
Patty Cat Cow 

And didn't end until July 16th
Pumpkin Butterfly cow 

Peace be with you. 

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Michelle's Quilt

Sunday, Fresh from the Farm 

Shocking how difficult it is to get all the planets aligned and post a video here. 
Shocking that Facebook now has a "live feature" 
Look out world pocket dialing just took on new meaning. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A week in the month of june give or take a day or 2

I am happy that my ad in Flagpole magazine was answered by lovely Emily (left) . Emily and Ginni had 3 days of class at Crooked Pine Quilts in June. Ginni  completed her 2nd quilt's center panel and Emily is turning this 4 patch into her 1st quilt. I now offer house calls to set up a permanent sewing area in homes as making a small area devoted to one's art is key. 





Kathy,Jeff and grands.



Judy's Belle Quilt


A week in the month of june give or take a day or 2

I am happy that my ad in Flagpole magazine was answered by lovely Emily (left) . Emily and Ginni had 3 days of class at Crooked Pine Quilts in June. Ginni  completed her 2nd quilt's center panel and Emily is turning this 4 patch into her 1st quilt. I now offer house calls to set up a permanent sewing area in homes as making a small area devoted to one's art is key. 





Kathy,Jeff and grands.



Judy's Belle Quilt


Sunday, June 12, 2016

Blue for a day!

A picture is better than words , but a few to 'splain. 

 I took an old shirt and dip dyed it then as it still wasn't what I wanted I went to http://www.seaislandindigo.net/ dye day and dipped it in indigo , natural grown on the earth indigo. 



For the MOAS animal shelter 


Wine then Bark 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

National Quilting Day

We had fun all day and I got to sew and color and stamp! 



Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Everyone has a quilt story!

I love that more often that not , when  I engage in conversation, most likely I will get to hear a quilt story. Some watched a much loved family member making a quilt. Others started a quilt in college or when a baby was on the way. I have made a lot of quilts , given them away , sold some , and finished some for both other quilters and just regular folk that want to save a family heirloom. 
Someday, I hope to meet the artist named Carrie Bloomston . Her vision of telling one's story is one I embrace and am determined to share with one and all. Every person has a story and most story's have a quilt in them , if not as leading lady than as a very important extra. If you love quilts and live around Danielsville Ga ( a suburb , giggle, of Athens, Ga. ) bring a quilt or just come and look. I plan to be sewing , on a quilt of course. 
Sew Something y'all !!! 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Three dimensional quilting , rather a misnomer.

As I wrote that title , I thought, huh? 
The definition of a quilt is 3 layers of fabric, bound by stitching through all 3 layers. 
Hopefully, the maker will see the wisdom in finishing the edges. 
All finished quilts are 3-d but just like a most words in the English language, 
 3-d can mean many things. 
In this case , I mean adding dimensionality with another layer of fabric. 


I am teaching a class at City Square Quilts in Hoschton (  pronounced  H-shh-ton ) Ga. 
on February 11th 2016 at 10 am. 
706-921-4958.

10 Minute Quilt Blocks by Suzanne McNiel 
Below is my sample. 



The book is available for purchase at City Square Quilts. 

There are a lot U tube videos of Ms. McNiel making these quilts , they are wonderful , you never need to buy her book. Wait , what ? 
The  book is worth it if you want to make larger quilts and don't want to figure out how much fabric to buy . Lots of folks  believe Cratsy and U-tube are all anyone needs to learn a craft and they are great. There is so substitute for a hands on class. 
I have played with and somewhat mastered the technique which has been around for a long time. I have seen it called everything from  3 dimensional Bow-ties to  Cathedral Windows. 
Sew Something today ! 
Amanda 

Sunday, January 17, 2016

As it is written , one is worth a 1000 words

The winner of the MOAS raffle quilt with her quilt ! 
My friend Addie is a compadre from Stuart Hall, we both attended in the olden days ,  in Staunton Va. 
Thanks for winning my quilt , A!  

Friday, January 15, 2016

Sunshine and Shadows

Sunshine in Ila !
Posted by Amanda Strupp Whitsel on Friday, January 15, 2016
 

Joyous that sunshine has returned to the farm this afternoon !
 I am clearing out the old and planning new quilts as I work. 
Amanda