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This is a lovely giveaway, and I must give you the scoop so you can get in on it, too.

GIVEAWAY

“In celebration of the Sunshine Sampler I am offering a giveaway.  Included are the threads shown above and Rebecca’s sampler for you to stitch as you wish shown below.”

How do you enter?  Simply post about this giveaway either on your blog or on pinterest and leave a link in your comment.  A winner will be selected by Random Generator.  Deadline to enter by Wednesday December 4th @ 5:00 p.m. (PST).Good luck!You can see more of the host’s threads in her Etsy.

I hope I win, but I wish you luck, too.  :)  I love the threads and the sampler.  It reminds me a lot of my doodle cloth…so much fun! Until next time…

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you,  and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all  wisdom and spiritual understanding.   Colossians 1:9

CQ Updates

Since my last post I’ve completed my share of two round robin blocks.  Both blocks are from the Kate Greenaway round robin at World Wide Crazy Quilting.  The first block I worked on belongs to Diane.  It winged it’s way on to the next stitcher earlier this month.  The second belongs to Carol.  I enjoyed working on both blocks and tried something new or used a technique I have not used in a long time on each block.

Diane’s block…I was first to stitch on Diane’s block so it was up to me to set the tempo.  Because Diane used a bright fabric as a highlight, I capitalized on that color.

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Diane’s block after me…

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The theme for this RR is Kate Greenaway, so I transferred a line drawing illustration by Ms. Greenaway and stitched it in redwork style.  I’m not sure why the little girl was jumping in Kate Greenaway’s illustration, but I added a couched jump rope for effect.   I also added a Nicki Lee Venice lace and embellished it with orange seed beads to pick up the orange color in the anchor patch.  One of my favorite stitches is the feather stitch so I used it on the seam above the flower and embellished it with seed beads and colonial knots.  I added a piece of green, cotton lace and worked a line of buttonhole stitch and detached chain stitch along the straight edge.  Seed beads embellish the lace.

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I adore spider webs and am fascinated by spiders in real life.  A crazy quilt block is not complete to me without one of each so I added one to Diane’s block.  I also added a stem stitch vine along the left seam and embellished it with tiny silk ribbon flowers and leaves.  It has been a long time since I’ve used silk ribbon, and I enjoyed stitching with it.

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The butterfly is another lace piece painted by Nicki Lee.  I hope someone adds some beads to it before it flies home to Diane.  My final addition was the pretty lace piece along the right corner patch seam.  I stitched a row of Cretan stitch along the top.  The lace just seemed to belong to Diane’s block.

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That’s a wrap for my work on Diane’s block.  Next up is Carol’s block.

Carol anchored her block with a Kate Greenaway silkie and asked for a theme reminiscent of a gentler time…childhood.  Though I toyed with the idea of embellishing the silkie, I never came up with a plan for it so I left it for someone else.  Diane was the first stitcher and sent Carol’s block on to me.

After Diane…She added lovely feminine touches to the block.

After Diane

Carol’s block after me…It’s likely feminine blocks are my favorite to work on so I pulled out some pretty laces and pink and powder blue stuff and let my work begin.  It flowed.  I love it when the stitching flows.  :)

Block after Judy

I added more pretty white lace following Diane’s lead and embellished it with blue straight and fly stitches, pink seed beads and pretty oval pearl.  The blue accent beads and sequins were already part of the lace.

Embellished lace trim

Next I added a feather stitch seam and patch treatment and embellished it with more pink seed beads and colonial knots.  This view also focuses on my blue silk ribbon embroidery irises and the chain stitch seam embellished with pretty pearl beads.  The sweet little blue bird is one I bought from Thearica’s Crazy Quilting Supply shop.  It fit perfectly in the tiny triangle that edges the anchor patch.  I also added the blanket stitch along the seam.

Beaded feather stitch and SRE irises

Finally, I added another piece of white lace and embellished it with (you guessed it!) pink seed beads and Farago silk ribbon roses.  Because Carol wanted her block to be sweet and a reminder of the gentle days of childhood I resisted the urge to add a spider web and spider.  It took a lot of self control…but I managed.  :)

Farago Rose lace trim

I hope Diane and Carol will both be pleased with the work I did on their blocks, because I thoroughly enjoyed working on both of them.

Until next time…

This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.” (1 John 5:6)

Pam’s Bright Block Complete

What seems like “finally”, I am finished with the pretty bright block I’ve been working on.  It took me a while to be satisfied with the whole picture.  Truth be known, there is still one small change I would make…and still might.  I can’t decide if I like the leaf trim along the lower left triangular patch.  It will be a few more days before I mail the block home so I can still mull that though over in my mind for a little while longer.  If I make a change I will post another picture later.  I’ve already stitched and ripped, stitched and ripped, stitched and ripped enough in an effort to satisfy myself with my work.  I found embellishing the heavy, cotton lace trim and tatting with embroidery was tedious at best and very difficult to stitch accurately on.  I will not likely be using a lot of it in the future.

Here are a few pictures of the block…I find the photos to be VERY unforgiving of stitching flaws with this particular block.  It looks much better in real life to me.  The whole block brings back memories of the 60’s to my hippie heart.  It has the “feel” of embroidered blue jeans and embellished garb.

full block:

Upper right

left top:

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left bottom:

lower left

right top:

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right bottom:

lower right

center:  I used the Sharon B template for the paisley patch.  When I looked at the finished patch I could almost see a bird…I think the shape would translate into a great little tweeter.  Another time I will use it with that in mind.

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For my final Pay It Forward commitment, I made another set of needles for my stitching daughter…these really come in handy.  The sharp one is a frogging needle for ripping out stitches.  The blunter needle is used as a stitching awl.

pay it forward frogging needles

That’s all from me today…

Until next time…

Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!   (Psalm 107:21)

Crazy Quilt Pincushion

This is a very short post to share a pincushion I made for a recent swap.  It is constructed of decorator silk and embellished with stitching, beads and pretty laces.

for Lisa

Until next time…

Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. 1 John 2:18)

 

Phyllis

Phyllis commented:

Today I worked on the Fly Stitch and its variations, but the last truly new stitch was the scroll stitch.

Phyllis, I sent a private email to you asking for your mailing address.  Congratulations and enjoy your Creative Stitchery Success Strips.

I wish Robbie or I could give a set to everyone who is interested in adding a set to their stitching tools, but that is not possible.  The good news is they are very affordable, and Robbie would be happy to receive your order and send you as set.

Thank you to everyone who took part in this giveaway.  I appreciate you!

Until next time…

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.   (Isaiah 40:31)

A Memorial Heart

This past December a long-time internet friend’s sweet, great-grandbaby girl passed away.  Even though I never met sweet Violet and never held her in my arms, the final days of her life touched my heart.  Her family’s loss transcended the limits of geography.  I could not imagine the depth of their sorrow and pain.

Last week I completed a small keepsake for Violet’s grandmother…an expression of my sympathy and love.  She received it on Friday and said she loves it.

Made in memory of sweet Violet…with love and heartfelt sympathy.

for Marge

Until next time…

And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether God will be gracious to me, that the child may live?   But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.  2 Samuel 12:22-23

Do you ever get the urge to be different for the sake of being different?  Me neither.  I was just born that way.  :)  There is a popular me-me amongst blogs featuring Wednesday Works In Progress.  I don’t participate, but I do have works in progress on Thursday.  Today I am sharing two.

The first I will not describe too fully, because it is for a swap, and I don’t want to spoil the surprise.  Being evasive might even add to the intrigue.  The block is made of decorator silks with some pretty cotton laces added for interest.  I think I will keep the stitching fairly simple.  Too much would very likely detract from the elegance of the materials.

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The second piece I am working on is the one-on-one block I am swapping with Pam.  I am contemplating removing the blue lace and replacing it with a different blue lace, but I’ve not made up my mind.  Brights are a challenge for me, because I am not especially drawn to them.  Working with this block is a very good exercise in stretching my creative wings.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love the block…I’ve just never been particularly comfortable with brights.  I don’t wear them and rarely work with them.

Pam's one on one

That’s all the “show and tell” I have for the day, but I do have a burden on my heart for our country…for this world.  If you watch the news, you probably have one, too.  The verse I chose for today is really good news and a promise to hold fast to.

Until next time…

Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure.  (2 Timothy 2:19)

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