Tuesday, March 28, 2017

TAST 78

This week's Take A Stitch Tuesday (TAST) stitch was added to the Under the Sea wall quilt I am working on for the UFO Challenge 2017. 

TAST 78: Up and Down Feathered Buttonhole Stitch


You may find the instructions here on Pintangle. I encourage you to visit just to see the beautiful examples Sharon shared. 

I worked the stitch with size 5 DMC #4250 perle cotton floss.

I dressed the seam up with Mill Hill Magnifica Glass Beads #10026.

Next, I added detached chain stitches with size 8 DMC #605 perle cotton floss.

It was a fun stitch and I look forward to using it again in the future!

You may learn more about TAST here.

In celebration of 10 years of TAST, Sharon B. is sharing a series of interviews. The most recent interview was with Queeniepatch of Queenie's Needlework. You may read the interview here and check out Queenie's blog here. She was working on her Kafferepet quilt when I first discovered her blog. I encourage you to check it out here.

Thank you for stopping by!
Renee





Monday, March 27, 2017

February Wall Quilt


In January, I finally fully finished this crazy quilt block I embellished back in June of 2012 into a small wall quilt. It was the 2nd block I ever embellished.

Most of the seams and a few of the motifs on this block were inspired by the book An Encyclopedia of Crazy Quilt Stitches and Motifs by Linda Causee. (I checked the book out a the library and loved the ideas.) You may see more photos of the completed block here.

I would have shared this finish sooner, but I submitted a photo to the Spring 2017 Edition of Our Quilting Journey Magazine, which is available through Magcloud. The theme was flowers and baskets. (I am not affiliated with the magazine. You may find it here, if you are interested.) The theme of the next edition will be stars abound. Sane and crazy quilting submissions may be submitted by May 1, 2017. You may find more details about submissions here.

I am linking with Stitchery Link Party #103 at Super Mom - No Cape! I encourage you to stop by to see the free embroidery pattern and check out details on the anniversary giveaway.

Life here has been very busy! I hope to catch up on replying to comments on Tuesday. Wishing you all a fantastic week!
-Renee



Monday, March 20, 2017

CQI UTS RR #2 - My Block Completed!


This weekend, I finished embellishing the final block from the set of blocks I created for my second Crazy Quilting International Under the Sea Round Robin (CQI UTS RR.) 

This was the set of bare blocks I created in August of 2015. My plans were to create 2 wall quilts with the embellished blocks.

My blocks returned home in March of 2016. (You may see that post here.)

When I put my list together for the UFO Challenge 2017 offered by allpeoplequilt.com, the top set of blocks in the photo above was #12 on the list. 

In March, #12 was announced as the project of the month. 

This is how the set looked at the beginning of this month.

I think my first attempt at an island was successful. 

The land was outlined with a split stitch and filled with a satin stitch. Stem stitches created the trees.

This is something I have wanted to try since Sandra Todd added an island to this block that she embellished in my previous CQI UTS RR. Isn't it fabulous?!

To match the other 2 blocks in this set, I had to step out of my comfort zone. Adding trims and clusters of beads/buttons is a real challenge for me.
Here, I added several beads, embroidery, trims and a fun lobster button. I believe the trims were a gift from Mary at Crazy Quilting in Texas with Mary K. Beard. The lobster was a gift from Gina at Quilts and Cakes.

More embroidery, trims and beads were added here.

The lace was a gift from Barbara Nicki Lee Seavey of Raviolee Dreams. (I am not affiliated with her shop.)




This is how the blocks look side-by-side. 

The first block was embellished by Annette of Welcome to Annette's World. (I am not affiliated, but she sells cotton and silk fabric prints of her artwork in her Etsy shop.)

The second block was embellished by Mary. (I shared a link to her blog earlier in this post.)

Now, I need to sew the wall quilt together by the end of the month. The beads and charms are much closer to the seamline than I am accustomed to, so I may practicing a whipped stitch to sew this one together. (Challenging myself allows me to learn more - I love it!)

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Renee

NOTES:
1. Crazy Quilting International is a group that meets on Facebook.
2. This block was shared on Instagram this weekend, as seen here.
3. I sometimes share sneak peeks on my Facebook page, here.
4. This block may be found on this Pinterest board.

It is Monday, so I am joining Stitchery Link Party #102 at Super Mom - No Cape. The free embroidery pattern this week is a basket of Wild Roses. There is also a giveaway celebrating 100 weeks of Stitchery Link Parties and the blog's 9 year anniversary. You may join the party and/or learn more here.




Wednesday, March 15, 2017

TAST 76



I am still playing catch up from my Internet issues earlier this week, and pretending it is Tuesday for my TAST post.

TAST 76: Whipped Chain Stitch

I traced curvy lines from Sharon B.'s Crazy Quilt Templates Sets 1 & 2 onto the back of my block for these underwater flower vines/stems.  (I am not affiliated with the templates, but did receive them to review and love working with them.)

The chain stitches were worked with size 8 DMC perle cotton #954. 

Size 8 DMC perle cotton #125 was whipped around the chain stitches.

Flowers were created with 5 rice bead petals and a small pearl bead in the center.

These were so fun to make, I plan to add them to another block soon!



The link in the TAST title above will take you to the tutorial for 2 versions of the whipped chain stitch. I worked the 2nd version on this block in January of 2016. You may see more photos here.

TAST stands for Take a Stitch Tuesday, a personal stitching challenge offered by Sharon B. at Pintangle.com. You may learn more about it here and find the TAST Facebook group here.

To celebrate 10 years of TAST, Sharon B. is sharing a series of interviews with TAST participants. On March 9th, she posted an interview with Maureen of CrazyQStitcher. I fell in love with Maureen's work in 2014 with the gorgeous bird blocks she created for the Crazy Quilt Journal Project (CQJP). You may find the interview here and see Maureen's CQJP 2014 blocks here



A few fun notes that may be of interest:


1. Sharon Boggon's new book, The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results, will be released in August. It is available for pre-sale at Amazon, and for the moment it is at a reduced price. (I am not affiliated with the book, but do receive a small credit from Amazon if you visit through my blog and make a purchase.) You may find it here.

2. There is a giveaway for the Spring Flowers Collection of floss at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe. (I have no affiliation.) You may learn more here

3. Pamela Kellogg of Kitty and Me Designs will be making cross stitch designs for Kreinik and she offered a free St. Patrick's Day pattern you may find here.

4. I have 3 pieces embellished and ready to sew into projects for my currently empty Etsy shop. Once they are aded to the shop, I will announce it on my Hand Stitched Treasure Facebook page.

Thank you for stopping by!
Renee


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Twilight Duel Update #18 - March 2017

Today, I am pretending it is still the 2nd Monday of the month. 

We had Internet issues for a couple of days, so yesterday I was unable to share this update on the Heaven and Earth Designs Twilight Duel cross-stitch I am working on for my youngest son. He fell in love with Ruth Thompson's dragons when he saw this chart. At my current rate of progress, it should be finished by March of 2020. (I did warn him it would be about a 5-year project!)

As mentioned last month, I am working on page 13 for a challenge with the New Official Heaven and Earth Designs Group on Facebook. I took the piece off of the frame for a photo at the end of February and have not worked on it since. 

To complete the challenge, I need to add about 190 stitches a day. There is a lot going on this month, so that may not happen.

I did decide to reward myself though. Every time I finish a 10x10 grid on the chart of page 13, I add a thread to fill in a bit of page 7 (to the blank area left of page 13.)

Can you see the beginnings of the talon that appeared last month?! I was thrilled to see it emerge. And this piece is SO close to being 25% complete!

Percent Complete

Project: 24.69%     (It was 23.79%)
Pages 1 & 2: 100%
Page 3: 18.94%
Page 4: 100%
Page 5: 1.83%
Page 6: 0%
Page 7: 13.66%     (It was 11.08%)
Page 8: 100%
Page 9: 2.73%
Page 10: 0.25%
Page 11: 0%
Page 12: 0%
Page 13: 40.87%   (It was 26.08%)
Page 14: 3.62%     (It was 3.44%)

I am linking with the Monday Stitchery Link Party #101 at Super Mom - No Cape! I do hope you will visit to see the beautiful free vintage rose embroidery pattern and to see what others have been working on. There is a giveaway celebrating last week's 100th Stitchery Link Party and celebrating the blog's 9th year, I do hope you will check it out.


Thank you for stopping by!
Renee