Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2018
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,