A Winter Garden – a CQJP 2018- Feb

Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2018

February’s Block

                 A Winter Garden

A felted wool appliqued Fantasy Bird sits in a tree made of multi twisted fibers consisting of multiple sizes of Pearl Cotton, silk thread, rayon thread and acrylic-wool yarn. A small heart button hangs from each curling branch.  The birdhouse is also made of appliqued felted wool and sits atop a pole of a silk velvet ribbon.  Ivy twines around the pole, the leaves have been stitched with Satin Stitches.   Between the birdhouse and the tree, a spider, made of glass pearls sits on her, silver web of metallic thread, waiting for her next meal.

 

 

 

 

Here is the un-embellished block

 

 

 

 

 

 

Description of the Seam treatments

 

 

The upper right-hand corner starts with a dyed piece of Venice Lace which is the base of this seam treatment.  4mm light aqua blue glass pearls were sewn onto the center three lace flowers. Completing the combination, a trio of Straight Stitches were stitched in spaces between the lace flowers.  Each Straight Stitch is topped with Metallic Dusty Blue seed beads.

Above the seam treatment is a small button cluster, made of:  2 pearl shank buttons –  one cream, one gray, 2 metal buttons – one silver, one gold and 1 silver acrylic faceted heart button

 

The lower right-hand corner seam begins with a Cretan Stitch as the base. On the tops of the Cretan Stitches are Fly Stitches with a Detached Chain Stitch in the middle and a seed bead is sewn to the base of each middle stitch. Beaded Cross Stitches are sewn above the seam line.  Below the seam line, silvered backed clear glass Forget-Me-Nots flower beads are sewn to the tips of the Cretan Stitches.  In the valleys below the seam line, Aqua Blue Square sequins are topped with small silver round sequins and a clear seed bead anchors each sequin set in place and completing this stitch combination.

 

The seam between the twisted tree and the birdhouse is stitched with a Feather Stitch as the base.  Detached Chain Stitch, Fargo Roses and trios of pearl seed beads sewn near each rose, make up the combination for this seam treatment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The seam treatment for the lower left-hand corner starts with with Straight Stiches that form a Zigzag pattern.  On the tops of the Zigzag Straight Stitches, small dark gray pearl shank buttons are sewn into the valleys. To complete the combination, a trio of Straight Stitches are sewn forming an arrowhead. Copper hearts beads with a Celtic design are sewn onto the back of each arrowhead.                                                                                                 Copper seed beads are stitched to the peaks of the                                                                                                           Zigzag Straight Stitches, finishing this seam treatment.

 

The seam behind the twisted tree and the perched bird is embellished with the Chevron Stitch as the base. The combination stitches above and below the base seams are beaded cross stitches that imitate snowflakes.  To finish this seam treatment, trios of graduating sized light aqua blue glass pearls are sewn between the snowflakes.

 

 

 

 

 

The upper left-hand corner seam treatment starts with the Herringbone Stitch.  The combination stitches above the base stitch are trios of Detached Chain Stitches stitched in to the valleys of the Herringbone Stitch. Straight Stitches in a silver metallic thread are stitched to both sides of the middle-Detached Chain Stitch, a seed bead is sewn to the base of this middle-Detached Chain Stitch. On the peaks of the base stitch are another set of three stitches, two Detached Chain Stitched and one Straight Stitch.   Silver seed beads are sewn on the ends of each silver thread.  To finish this seam treatment trios of Detached Chain Stitches were stitched and a seed bead sewn to the base of the middle-Detached Chain Stitch.   Seed beads were sewn onto the peaks, completing the seam treatment.

 

 

Other embellishments include:

– 2 hand dyed lace hearts, one blue and the other pink

 

 

 

 

 

-2  silver heart charms

 

 

 

 

-1 silver key

 

 

 

 

Designing this block and its elements came to me quickly and easily.  Making the block was most enjoyable.

I am very happy to share this block with you.

Until next time,

Kathy

February’s Block for the Crazy Quilt Journal Project

Coming very soon is a posting for my February Block for the Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2018. Please subscribe to my Blog so you don’t miss it

See you very soon,

Kathy

2020 Crazy Quilt Challenge- Block #5

2020 Crazy Quilt Challenge- Block #5

The Olympic Coast – A Beach

This is my fifth block for the 2020 Crazy Quilt Challenge.  This block represents a Washington State Olympic beach.  Unlike California or Oregon, where you will find sandy beaches, the Olympic beach is covered with gravel, rocks and mostly broken sea shells.

Hood CanalHood Canal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Higher on the beach you will find all sizes of driftwood, from the smallest bits  of wood to whole tree trunks, litter the area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To create this block,    I pieced two blocks using the same block pattern.  The first, was pieced with water like fabrics and the second with beach like fabrics.  Unfortunately, my camera deleted several pictures, so I don’t have pictures to show you the block before I embellished it.

 

Here are my block patterns, which I drafted myself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can see how I prepared the beach block for the applique.

 

The beach applique was cut from the beach fabric pieced block then, hand stitched (Needle – Turn Technique) on to the block with the water like fabrics.

 

 

 

 

At the top left hand corner of the block,  a Pelican flies in toward the beach.  The Pelican, is an Embroidery Slip, I made and then, appliqued onto the block.

 

Hand Tatted Lace is sewn around the appliqued beach to imitate the waves lapping the beach.

 

 

In  the lower left corner a, Harbor Seal peaks out of the water to see what going on above.  I created the seal’s head by appliqueing layers of felted wool felt. I used four layers of felted wool, each a different size, to create the seal’s snout.  For the whiskers, I sewed in black Nymo beading thread  Two, 2 mm black glass pearl beads where used for the eyes.

 

 

 

 

My first attempt to make the seal’s head, I made an embroidery slip.  Here is the results.  It is very two dimensional and I wasn’t happy with it.  I wanted the seal to have more dimension.  Using several layers of wool felt  achieved the results I wanted.

 

 

Above the seal floats a small bird. This little guy was made as an Embroidery Slip and appliqued onto the block just as the Pelican was.

You can also see the seam treatments and combination stitches, in the above photos.

 

 

 

 

I used felted woven wool to make the Driftwood Log Appliques.  I embellished the appliques with several different threads and thread sizes to create texture and shadows.

To mimic rocks found on the beach, I sewed on mini and small drilled pebbles, bead chips of semi precious  stones and ocean glass.

There are two metal charms on this block: a silver starfish and  a silver leaping dolphin.

   Here are my stats:

16 -Fabrics

6 -Buttons, 2- charms, 2 -sequins

17- Stitch and Stitch Combinations

5- Applique Techniques

23- Different threads

21- Types of beads,  total beads used on block -279

Total Unique Embellishments Used- 85

Cumulative Total – 261

Until next time,

Kathy

Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2018– January Block

Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2018

 January’s Block

I am excited to be a part of the Crazy Quilt Journal Project.  As a participant of the project, I agreed to create an original block each month for the next 12 months, starting with this month.  Each block must be at least eight inches. Blocks can be any shape such as: square, hexagon, triangle etc… I have chosen to do eight-inch square blocks as I  already have another project with hexagon blocks. The suggested goal is to sew the twelve blocks into a single quilt.  I have chosen a different route.  I plan to create four panels that will hang side by side.  Each panel will consist of three blocks and each panel will represent a season of the year.  I am starting with Winter and my first block is January

My January block features a snowy scene with a little black capped Junco bird and a snow covered pine tree.

 

                                     The Junco

This little bird is a member of the Sparrow family.  They can be found from Canada to Mexico.  Juncos are primarily seed-eaters, they eat the seeds of chickweed, buckwheat, and sorrel. At feeders they seem to prefer millet over sunflower seeds. During the breeding season, Juncos also eat insects including beetles, moths, butterflies, caterpillars, ants, wasps, and flies. They build their nests in low areas, sometimes on the ground.

These little birds stay in our area year around. There is a bunch of them that like the Blackberry hedge in my front yard. It is fun to watch these busy little birds.

To create the pine tree, I used felted wool for the applique pieces.  The lace on the tree is vintage or antique lace.

 

I used wool felt for the Junco bird and the snowflake appliques.

I embroidered snowflakes with metallic thread and beaded each snowflake with glass seed beads and bugle beads.      I also added snowflake shaped sequins, sprinkled here and there on the block.

Below are close ups of the snowflakes, the bird and my seam treatments.

Upper left hand corner, snowflake

Upper right hand corner, snowflake

Lower left hand corner, snowflake

Unfortunately I cannot show you the block before I embellished it as my camera seems to have lost the picture. I am sorry I can’t show it to you.

You can view my block and other participant’s blocks at (click on the link) http://crazyquiltjournalproject2018.blogspot.com

Until next time,

Kathy

 

What to do When Life Doesn’t Go as You Planned

What to do When Life Doesn’t Go as You Planned

Life got a bit crazy for me this past fall and then it was time to make Christmas gifts.  My great plans took a huge detour after being in an accident Thanksgiving weekend, while returning home.  Although the car was totaled, Mr. B and I suffered only whiplash and bruises.  Our Guardian Angles were watching over and protecting us.  The injuries did slow me down a great deal and I had to cut back on the things I planned to do.  My blog also fell victim to the chopping block.  But I’m back and want to fill you in.

This past fall I took Kathy Shaw’s Traditional Quilt Course -201.  I enjoyed this course as It had been a long time since I took a basic quilting class.  It was good to review the basics.  The addition of embroidery kept the class from being boring.  After a couple of tasks which covered basic skills, including a lesson on how to check for a correct quarter-inch seam allowance, we finally got to the constructing lessons, where we got to make nine basic blocks.  Each block had an embroidery attached to it making it a Mug Rug.  I used the embroidery designs from Jenny Reynolds of Elefantz for my embroidery patterns.   

Originally, I had planned to give these little beauties away but I fell in love with the whole set.  Then a little voice in my head told me, they would look beautiful under my crystal snack dishes, as they were just the right size.  That was all it took,  to take them off the gift list.  Mr. B just laughed when I told him I just couldn’t give them away and repeated what the little voice had told me. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Gifts

I was able to make each of our grandchildren a Quillow.  I’m proud to report I used my stash to create the nine Quillows.  I had fabric left over from the quilts I had made them a few years ago.  My mom donated several yards of fabric for the backs of about three of the nine Quillows.  Each was about 60” square.  

I’m sharing a picture of one grandson with his Quillow.   From his picture you can see how joyful he was to receive such a cuddly gift.

Until next time,

Kathy

2020 Challenge – Block # 3

2020 Crazy Quilt Block Challenge – Block #3

A few weeks ago I said I had found a direction or inspiration for my 2020 Crazy Quilt Block Challenge blocks, and here is the first one.  Before I get into the specifics about this block I want to talk a little bit about the “inspiration”.

This is the pamphlet I talked about in my earlier post,  I found it while we were visiting Sol Duc Hot Springs in the Olympic Rain Forest in the Pacific Northwest of Washington State.

 

 

 

 

This illustration was painted by John Dawson.  Mr. Dawson has done many illustrations for the US National Parks.

 

What I intend to do is to make a Crazy Quilt representation of Mr Dawson’s Olympic illustration.  To do this I made a copy of this pamphlet and then drew a 3″ grid across it (the copy).  Then I marked each square, so I could put it back together.  Finally, I enlarged each three inch square to six inches.  I worked from the enlarged section to make the first Crazy Quilt Block (see the photo above). I will work each enlarged section until I have a complete representation of Mr. Dawson’s painting.  I will need to fill in the sections where there is written text, but since I live on the edge of the Olympic Rain Forest that shouldn’t be to difficult.

I designed this block myself.  It has 9 different fabrics in it.

I used three kinds of lace:

  • 2 types of cotton lace, which I hand painted
  • 1 hand tatted lace done in variegated blue thread
  • I have used 20 different threads
  • 16 different seam embellishments
  • 2 Embroidery Techniques
  • 14 types of seed beads
  • I  have used a total of 182 seed beads
  • 2 sequins

There is a total of 64 different embellishments on this block.

My cumulative count for the Crazy Quilt Block Challenge is 176 items.

Until next time,

Kathy

 

 

Wild Berry Jams and Jellies, Plus a Work in Progress

Wild Berry Jams and Jellies, Plus a Work in Progress

I have spent most of September picking, processing and making jams and jellies from the wild berries that grow here at Camp Hahobas.  Salal  berries were the first  berries I picked.  I wasn’t even aware they were edible until I was told they were by one of the brush pickers that harvest the Salal.  The the Salal plant is used by the floral industry.  So the next time you get a pretty bouquet, the greenery in it just might be Salal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next I harvested Black Berries.  Mr B says they are also called “Wait a minute vines” cause you need to wait a minute while you untangle yourself from their thorny vines.  Fortunately I have a Black Berry hedge growing in my front yard.  So I didn’t have to go far.

Last I pick the tiny  Kinnikinnick berry or Bearberry.  After doing a search to see if it was edible I discovered that Native Americans smoked Kinnikinnick and the berries are still used medicinally to treat bladder and kidney disorders. Truly, the leaves of Bearberry plant still fill many a pipe today.

 

The photo (to the right) makes the berries appear bigger that they really are.  The berries in the pan (photo below) gives you a better indication of how small the berries actually are.

 

 

 

 

 

When I say tiny, I do mean tiny.  I worked one afternoon for 3 and a half hours and all I collected was two quarts of these little guys. By the time I processed the berries I got 1 and a half quarts juice from them.  I had to add a quart of black berries so I would have enough juice to get one batch of jelly.

I went out a second time to pick the tiny berries again but got rained out, Fall is finally here.  I added two cups of black berries from the very last picking.  But it wasn’t enough so, I added about two cups frozen blue berries, thawed, and it still  wasn’t enough.   So I added enough Apple Juice to make the 5 cups of juice called for in the recipe.  I wasn’t sure what the taste would be, but it’s good.  It tastes something close to cranberry sauce.  It will be good for the Holidays.  Served with fresh hot scones or biscuits with creamy sweet butter, “Yummy!”

 

 

 

 

A Work in Progress

I want to share a project which is a gift for a loved one in my family.

 

 

 

 

I drafted the crazy block myself.  It’s getting easier to draft these blocks.  This block is by far the busiest block I’ve done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I tried my hand at dying a few pieces of lace.  I used alcohol inks mixed into water. I got subtle coloring, which was what I wanted.  I used the yellow lace butterfly  and the flowers in an oval.

 

 

 

Each in  part of the block was designed especially for it’s recipient, right down to the little charms I sewed on it.  Bet you can’t guess what her favorite colors are? All that needs to be done is to put this block into it’s frame.

Until next time,

Kathy

 

2020 Crazy Quilt Block Challenge Block – #2

2020 Crazy Quilt Block Challenge Block # 2

A Plan Emerges

Before I get into the highlights of block two, I want to tell you about my plan.  I started this challenge with no real plan other than the goal of adding 2020 items to a crazy quilt.  However, that has changed. I wanted to share an idea I’ve got rattling around in my brain. I know I’m going to have at least 100 blocks when I finish this project.  The problem is this:  How I am I going to put all the blocks together and what will be on the next 98 blocks.

In the training I’ve received in the last two years, I’ve learn there are essentially, two ways to approach making and embellishing quilt blocks (especially crazy quilt blocks): One, is to plan as much of the block you are able, insuring the block is balanced both in regards to the fabrics used and the embellishments used. The other is to work organically or by inspiration of the moment.  This means no planning you just lay fabric and embellishments down and if it looks good then it’s sewn down.  Personally, I like to plan it out before I begin, even right down to the placement of seam treatments, beads and charms.  So, with all this information and inspiration tumbling around in my mind, I let my subconscious deal with it as I slept a few nights. A couple of mornings later, I was rewarded with a fantastic idea.

I remembered a couple of years ago, I picked up a pamphlet from a trip to the Olympic Rain Forest and have kept it because it has this awesome picture done by artist and illustrator, John Dawson. The picture is collage of Olympic forest animals in their habitats. I have kept this pamphlet as inspiration.  It’s a miracle I found it especially after moving. I only had to look in three boxes.  Now I need to figure out how I’m going breakdown the picture and turn it into manageable segments, to make my interpretation of it. I am not going to copy it. It will be exciting to see how this develops.

Ta-Da, here is block number two.

 

I drafted this block myself, it is the first block I have drafted .  It is constructed with 6 fabrics, 2 flat laces, 19 threads, 3 silk ribbons, 6 embroidery techniques, and 5 seam treatments.  Other embellishments include 24 different beads, 3 sequins, and 5 glass heart beads. There is a total count of 222 beads used on this block.

 

 

 

 

The Bead and Embroidery Techniques are:

 

An embroidered beaded bird

 

An embroidered beaded daisy like flower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Forget-Me-Not Flowers beaded with 4 mm glass beads (6 white for the petals and 1 brown for the center) are stitched onto Back Stitched stocks. The embroidered Queen Anne’s Lace Flowers have been embellished with tiny 12/0 white pearl seed beads.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A beaded dragonfly with embroidered silk ribbon wings

 

 

 

 

                                         A beaded lace basket motif

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Embroidered Monogram B is embellished with 12/0 brown seed beads,  Bullion Stitched roses and rose buds  and tiny 12-0 pearl seed beads add further embellishment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each of the flat laces are embellished with beads and embroidery.

The lace above the dragonfly has Detached Chain Stitches which form little flowers. Each flower has a 11/0 teal seed bead sewn into the flowers’ centers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The lace in the upper left-hand corner is embellished with 12/0 pearl seed bead is sewn onto the lace.

 

Total Embellishments Used on Block # 2:   65 

Cumulative Total:   112

I continue to use my record keeping pages, so I will know what I’ve used so far.

Until next time,

Kathy

Four More Hexagon Blocks done

Four More Hexagon Blocks Finished

I have finished four more hexagon blocks which were started as a part of Kathy Shaw’s Intermediate Crazy Quilt Course(ICQC) 103.  They contain the results of tasks given in ICQC 103, 104 and 105.  I have added other embroidery motifs, beaded embroideries, embellishments and seam treatments to fill in the spaces and complete the hexies.

1-Frog and Friends

This block features an embroidered frog at home in his pond. It was a ICQC 103 task.  In which, Kathy Shaw said to tell a story about the embroidery motif.  So I did, I gave him some friends and surroundings a frog might like.  There is a spider, two snails, one charm and the other is embroidered.  Also, a silk ribbon dragonfly, and a Cloisonné butterfly beaded lace butterfly, both fly above the pond.  I added a few cattails to frog’s pond.  To give the Cattails a fluffy look, I used a silk and wool thread.  Seam treatments provide flowers that surround the little pond.

 

To the right of the pond is a bouquet of beaded Lavender flowers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2-Twisted Tree in the Garden

Another task in ICQC 103 was to create a twisted tree from different fibers. I used two colors of wool yarn and Pearl Cotton sizes 5 and 8, also in two colors. The leaves are done with 4mm silk ribbon in a Detached Chain Stitch.  A little bird charm sits in the tree.

 

 

 

 

 

The spider and its web in the climbing vine were another task from ICQC 103.  I used a DMC metallic thread for the web and two bi-cone glass beads of different sizes for the spider’s head and body. The legs are embroidered in a black silk thread. A Cloisonné bead butterfly and a beaded lace butterfly share this garden.

 

 

 

 

 

In a yellow rosebush which stands above the climbing vine, sits a singing Bluebird.

This sweet bird in the rose bush came from a task for ICQC 105, Silk Ribbon Embroidery.

To create my little bird, I used two colors four colors of silk floss.  I stitches the bird in the Chain Stitch to effect feathers.  The eye is a black, 2 mm round bead. For the beak, I used pearl cotton size 8. The roses in the flowering bush, are Fargo Roses made with 7mm and 4 mm silk ribbon.  The leaves are done in Detached Chain Stitch with 4mm silk ribbon.

3- Girl in the Garden

The girl in the center on this block is a Silkie and a ICQC 104 task. I over stitched this little girl’s hair with three types of thread; a rayon, a metallic and a poly-cotton thread. I stitched the little girl’s hair with the Chain Stitch. Last, I added a 4mm silk ribbon bow to the hat. The lace around the collar and the sleeve is done in the Crested Chain Stitch to add a touch of lace.

I used 4 mm silk ribbon for the flowers.  I chose silk ribbon Fargo Roses to over-stitch the roses that make the wreath.  The leaves are done in pearl cotton and I added 2mm ivory glass pearls here and there in the wreath for a little sparkle.

To the right of the silkie is a pair of appliqued, embellished hearts. This was an ICQC 104 task.  For applique, I like to use a technique that employs feather weight fusible interfacing.  This technique is good for simple medium to large shapes. This method ensures the raw edges are nicely turned under. After the hearts were appliquéd onto the block they were embellished with medium blue seed beads, size 8, light blue 4mm glass beads and size 10, crystal seed beads. The front heart is embellished with a rose cluster and three white pearls.

 

 

 

Above the girl is a pair of Pomegranates worked in silk ribbon, and gold silk thread with tiny Rocailles, size 14 pearl beads and 11/0 gold beads. The Pomegranates were a ICQC 105, Silk Ribbon Embroidery task. Finding a needle thin enough to go through the Rocailles, was a bit of a chore but I finally found the thin needles at Michaels Craft Store, in their beading department.

A hand-dyed oval lace motif, has been sewn to the fabric piece to the left of the girl silkie.  I have sewn 2 mm and 3 mm pearls on to the lace motif.

 

 

 

 

Above the seam treatment which borders the lace motif is a row of beaded blue For-Get-Me-Not Flowers.

                                  Directly below the silkie is a blue beaded button, blue glass flower beads and beaded flower sequins.  A navy blue and gold pressed glass butterfly, is sewn directly below the appliqued hearts.

 

 

 

 

4- More Critters in the Flower Garden

 

One of the tasks in ICQC 103 was to create a vine and a spider web.   The spider has anchored its web to the climbing vine, the grass on the ground and the tall grass to the right on the web.  I used a DMC metallic thread for the web and two round glass beads of different sizes for the spider’s head and body. The legs are embroidered in a black silk thread.

Above the climbing vine, flies an embroidered beaded bird.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above the bird, is a flying Ladybug.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Around the bird are embroidered beaded flowers; a red flower to the left and a blue flower is to the left of the climbing vine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The seam treatments add additional flowers to this the garden block.

A Cloisonné bead butterfly and a beaded lace butterfly share this garden with the Ladybug and spider.

I have finished eight of twenty-four hexagon blocks.  So sixteen more to go.

Until next time,

Kathy

 

 

2020 Crazy Quilt Block Challenge – Block One

2020 Crazy Quilt Block Challenge – Block One

                                                                                                    Like many quilters I made a millennium quilt at the turn of the new century.  It started with a June 14, 1999 meeting of 20 Yakima School District’s teachers and paraeducators who also quilt.  Each member brought 20 zip lock baggies each containing 50 – two and a half-inch squares.  These were exchanged so members came away with 1000 – two and a half-inch squares.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 20 muslin rectangles were passed around which attending members signed.  Each member received one of the rectangles to use as the quilts’ label.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I added 1000 additional fabrics to make 2000 different fabrics.   My mom gave me large scraps from her fabric stash so I would have the additional fabrics to equal 2000.  In addition, I had found three millennium themed print fabrics, two were lights and one a dark. This is a page from my Quilt Journal.

 

 

 

This past June, Sharon Boggon of Pintangle.com issued a 2020 Crazy Block Challenge.  The idea is to make a crazy quilt using 2020 different items by the end of the year 2020.  You can find the guidelines to the 2020 Crazy Quilt Challenge by clicking here. 

I decided to go with a 6 ½” (unfinished) square since I’m already working on a hexagon crazy quilt, the one I started as a part of Kathy Shaw’s Intermediate Crazy Quilt Course 103. This will be the first time I will be making a crazy quilt of this size.  I estimated it will take be 60” x 60”, which is 100 six-inch blocks embellished with 20 unique items.  I plan to count fabrics, threads, and embellishments such as beads, buttons, charms, lace and ribbons.  I will also count different embroidery techniques and seam combinations.

 

Here is my first block for the 2020 Crazy Quilt Challenge:

I used a modified version of Kathy Shaw’s Mix n’ Match Crazy Blocks, 6”, purchased from Ms. Shaw’s Etsy site. I can’t show it because of copy write laws, but if you have her first book, Crazy Quilting – Volume 1, Beyond Basics, page 79.    I eliminated a couple of the seams to make the fabric pieces a little larger.  I wanted more space for embroidery motifs. 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the block unembellished:

 

 

 

 

 

 

The upper right-hand corner features an applique bird in a silk ribbon rose-bush.  This pattern came from one of the assignments in Kathy Shaw’s Intermediate Crazy Quilt Course 105 – Silk Ribbon Embroidery.

 

 

 

 

 

The upper left corner is embellished with ecru lace and a seam treatment of embroidered flowers formed with straight stitches and Bullion Knots flowers.  Below the lace a row of Chevron Stitches  are worked with small 6 mm blue glass heart and seed beads.  A metal bee charm is sewn above the Bullion Knot Flowers.

 

 

 

Lower left-hand corner features an embroidered dragonfly flying over a stand of cattail.  The dragonfly was a part of an embroidered interior decorator fabric.  I added 1/4th inch organdy ribbon stitched over the wings, to add dimension.  I also beaded the body with glass pearls and rice pearls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another embroidered interior decorator fabric was pieced into the center of the block.  Using the embroidered vining leaf, and an additional vine for the second flower, which I embroidered.  Then I added a Mother of Pearl flower and glass leaf bead to each vine. 

Above the center piece, this area is embellished with a lace flower, which I over stitched with Thread Gatherer’s Silk n Pearl #10, color:  Easter Parade.  An antique glass pearl button is stitched in the flower’s center.  A Cloisonné Butterfly Bead is sewn to the left of the lace flower. 

 

 

The lower right corner is embellished with a 1/4th inch wide vintage Jacquard woven ribbon.  Seam treatments are straight Stitches with Detached Chain Stitches and seed beads above and below are Straight Stitches with seed beads.  Three small antique glass buttons are sewn below the woven ribbon.

 

 

 

 

 

Here is my accounting system.  I used the record keeping ideas from both Sharon Boggon and Rosemary Dempster (Thank you ladies), in developing the forms I plan to use.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am keeping track of fabric and embellishments used in a three-ring binder with plastic sleeves.

 

 

Until next time,

Kathy