An Adventure in Crazy Quilting 2011 - This memory will keep on giving!

Happy and sad at the same time best describes how I'm feeling just a few days after all the activities are over. Don't expect the following photos to show anything near the fun we had at An Adventure in Crazy Quilting and in the two 3-day workshops with Sharon Boggon. I'm not even a so-so photographer. I asked my 12 year old Granddaughter, Lauren, to take the photos at the Show and Tell. When I remembered to bring my camera, I shot a few here and there and most of those are lousy.

These first two photos are of Sharon relaxing and stitching after the first workshop and before the Adventure began. Gracie is at her feet after finally warming up to her. Sharon called her "a funny little dog" in that Australian accent of hers at least 6 times a day.



Gracie barked and chased Allison Aller around up until the day before she left when she finally decided she might belong here. Allie is a quick mover and I don't think my funny little dog knew what to make of her since Jim and I are the opposite....slow and deliberate.

Here is one of 3 cakes I had made for the Adventure. Isn't it beautifully decorated? We had mixed reviews on the taste, however, and because my piece (2 actually) was good I think maybe one of the three had an ingredient missing or something. They were pretty to look at though and that's the way most of us aim our work in crazy quilting.......why not in cakes!! Pretty but bad tasting would be very good for our waistlines.


The boutique lines were very long each time we opened it. I will definitely have to work on this if we move on to another Adventure next year. A few ideas to cut the aggravation are milling around in my head. Everyone was so gracious about it. Thank you so much.


Here are some of the many Show and Tell items we saw. Whether it was worn, carried, finished, or works in progress, it was an amazing show and a beautiful representation of the fine artists we had in attendance. Don't you just love Susan Elliott's crazy jeans too! She brought so much fun to the whole weekend.







Last, but not least, only two photos I took in classes were good enough quality to show you. I need some camera lessons for sure!!

Here is a not-so-typical student:


And a photo of Betty who kept smiling in spite of it.


The two lectures were awesome. Betty Pillsbury is an outstanding speaker and her talk about Antique Crazy Quilts was so much fun and held so much information. Shirlee Fassell walked us through her growth and the many changes her stitching has taken. Anything she needles (or hooks) is a piece of art.

I didn't get one photo of Allie but I know there will be lots of them to see as others blog and post about their time here. This will be a good place to mention her beautiful book. I still haven't had time to go through it the way I want to but the reviews by others have been fantastic and the eye candy alone makes it a must have. There aren't as many CQ books being published lately and finally here's something new and inspiring.



  1. Great pictures, Maureen! I especially love seeing Sharon relaxing! I just did my first Adventure post, so feel free to check it out and use any pix I post as needed. You did a marvelous job and I think it was the best CQ event I’ve ever attended! Hugs, Cathy

  2. The Adventure was greatly enjoyed. It's the first one I have attended but surly the best!! Maureen you did do a great job in making everyone feel welcome and your generous little gifts every day were a real treat!!! Hope you get 60 comments on this post. XO Shirlee

  3. Of course I echo all the wonderful kudos that others have offered.. I would have loved to have seen Gracie in action.... I will be posting for days and will link to your blog for your pictures... Gerry

  4. looks like everyone had such a good time...what fun! too bad about the was pretty though :)

  5. thank you very much , Maureen, for all pics and stories about your " Adventure". It must have been really extraordinary!

  6. Maureen, it truly was the most Awesome Adventure ever. A million thanks! And I sure do miss that "funny little dog"...

  7. The cake is wonderful. Such a good idea and beautifully made. Thank you for sharing the photo's with us. (Next year invite a dentist for the not-so-typical student!)

  8. Hello Maureen,
    I found your blog from another blog, and have spent over half an hour looking through it :-)

    I just love your choice in colours. I have very similar tastes! I'm not a CQ'er, I'm a historical (16th/17thC)embroidery/goldwork/stumpwork, but I do do some SRE, and enjoy playing with the silk ribbons. You've done some beautiful, beautiful work!

    I grabbed your download of vintage embroidery patterns too - thanks :-)

    Thankyou for the photo of SharonB - I've talked to her several times (she lives in a city near me). She looks so friendly! And I've also talked a little to Shirlee - oh, to be able to do Lumiere work!! I love it so much!