Wednesday, December 31, 2014

What I learned Craft Wise this past year.


2012 - Paper piecing (has it uses but am not crazy about it)

2013 - Applique freezer paper & starch method ( really enjoy it)
            Applique raw edge (really enjoy this as well)
            Tail end of the year got interested in Crazy Quilting and was drooling over Silk Ribbon                               Embroidery
            Discovered Hexies (those addicting little suckers)


2014 -  Took some CQ classes with Kathy Shaw and am addicted.   These classes also covered SRE                        (silk ribbon embroidery).
         -  Learnt to be wary of having hubbie attend local BoM's.  I got signed up for a Judy Niemeyer                    class, as well as an upcoming Feathered Star class.
         - Greatly increased skill of hand embroidery (stitchmap class)


- am hoping to expand knowledge through classes from Stitchmap

- will be expanding my knowledge and skill at CQ & SRE doing the CQJP (see button on sidebar) am also hoping that Kathy has some more intermediate & advanced classes this year.

- Bali bedrunner class towards the end of Jan (Judy Niemeyer pattern) so in depth paper piecing.

- Feather Star class Jan or Feb

- will be learning quilting on a long arm in Jan as well.  Then have several quilts that are waiting to be finished.

Some time later this week will be making a list of the ufo's that I want DONE this year.   I don't think I will be doing any online BoM's but will be collecting several this year.  I really need to destress and get some of these projects finished which will also help to preserve peace and space in my home life.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Progress on CQJP Feb 2015 block

Yes you read that title correctly.  I am trying to get ahead as there is almost always something that comes up/happens that prevents me from doing my crafts during the winter months.

Here is the picture with the seams done.  Sorry for that shadow, my head got in the way.

I have a motif and some silk ribbon flowers to add still.  The vine above the couple will have sequins which will be added later.  Same as the beads at the end of the leaves on both the right and left hand seams.  Still want to add a french knot to the center of the flowers in the lower vine.

If you enlarge the block the hand basting is the 8 inch mark.  I am figuring my blocks will be 8.5 or 9 inch finished.  I just haven't decided whether to sash them and join them altogether or use them as individual wall hangings.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Last of the Christmas Gifts.

Here are the sachets.  I am not putting anything in them as I an allergic to most potpourri.  There is a 2.5 inch zipper in the back of each as you can see from the one at the top.  I used 2 different monograms.  1 came from Kathy Shaw(of ) and the other from Mary Corbet (of ).

Now I can relax and work on other things.

CQJP (Crazy Quilting Journal Project)

Submitted my Jan block this morning then spent a bit of time working on my Feb block.  January is going to be a busy month so am trying to get ahead while I can.

Here is my work so far.

Next step will be the seam treatments.  Will show you a picture once I get those done as well.

Other than that I have been working on 7 sachets for family & friends.  Hope to have them finished today.  If so will make another post later or tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Early finish - January CQJP 2015 block

I think it is finished will wait to submit it for a few more days.  I have it set up so that I see it constantly so can make any changes I think is needed.  It also needs to pass John's inspection tonight after he gets home from work :)

Here it is.

Those stars in the top right corner are not pink they are off white.  The flash altered the color.

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