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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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Once again days have turned into weeks since my last post.  My dear husband and I took a trip to north Arkansas for a few days for a little rest and relaxation.  While we were visiting that part of the country we had the pleasure of visiting with my crazy quilting, online friend Hollie and her husband Mark. (picture of Hollie and me in the post before this one)  When we returned home we needed a few more days of rest and relaxation to revive from the road trip…If you are over fifty, you know what I’m talking about.

When we went out of town we left our dogs at home with our oldest daughter.  They love her dearly, and we never have to worry about them when they are in her care.  Our Great Dane started getting very finicky about eating while we were gone this time, and when we returned things went downhill from there.  We were hoping he was just being sensitive, because we left him and he would soon return to normal.   His hips had been getting bad for a while.  He showed signs of old age.  I’ve seen the “handwriting on the wall” for several months.  On Tuesday of last week he completely stopped eating.  Nothing I offered him would entice him to eat.   On Monday of this week we called our vet in to euthanize him.  He was beginning to show signs of suffering, and we had to gulp up the courage to do what was best for him.  Hence…the broken heart.  Bubba was a great dog and will be missed greatly.

Bubba

Moving on to crazy hearts…Late last week a crazy quilting friend’s husband passed away.  My words are not adequate for expressing the sorrow I feel for her loss.  I’ve never walked that mile…I can only imagine the pain she is feeling.  This heart will be embellished with her in mind, and I will send it to her.  Hopefully I’ll have it completed and ready to go by weekend’s end.

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The next heart is for a one on one heart swap…just because.   I constructed it a little bit bottom heavy and have not decided how I will handle that.

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Speaking of one on one swaps…My friend Pam and I have entered into a one on one block swap.  We chose an 8 inch block.  Each of us made a naked block and exchanged them to embellish and return home.

Here is the one Pam sent to me.  She dyed all the fabrics herself.  Aren’t they lovely.   The colors are vibrant…brights are her favorite.

Pam's block one on one

The block I sent to her is made of fabrics in far more muted colors…The trim along the edge of the curved patch was salvaged from a thrift store pillow case.  I call this block “two friends” because of the silkie I used for the anchor patch.

Pam Gonzalez - one on one

Last but not least, I worked on the final block I will angel stitch for in the World Wide Crazy Quilting encrusted RR.  The block belonged to Carol.  For my part I stitched the vine on the long blue patch, added stitching to the existing stitching on the anchor patch, and added the spider web and spider.  I tried a different web-making technique and have not decided if I like it as well as couching the web.

Carol's block

Before I go I want to announce my next giveaway.  Robbie Fields has generously offered to share two sets of her Creative Stitchery Success Strips to be given away one set at a time on my blog.   I will be featuring her success strips in a post very soon (or as soon as I can manage to get another post ready).  I recently bought a set of these strips from Robbie after hearing about them from several of my very accomplished stitching friends.  I’m so glad I did, because they make it so simple to space my embroidery stitches evenly and give them a more professional look. That’s a big plus when stitching compound-stitch, seam treatments.   I think every crazy quilter should have a set of these great stitching tools, and I have to wonder why I waited so long to buy them.  Click on the link and see how affordable they are.

Just for the record, I am hosting this giveaway because I really like the strips.  Robbie did not ask me to.  Only after I asked her if she minded if I featured her strips on my blog and told her I wanted to give a set away did she offer to furnish the sets.  I appreciate her generosity.  I expect nothing in return for hosting the giveaway.  It is my intention to share a wonderful stitching tool with those who are not aware of it.

Until next time…

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. (Revelation 1:8)

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A crazy quilt heart swap is being hosted by Crazy Quilting for Newbies with a mailing date of April 1.  Until today I teetered on whether or not to join in.  Getting the hearts constructed was my only hold up in deciding, and today I took a few minutes to put a couple of naked hearts together.  My March CQJP block is nearing completion so I’ll have plenty time to embellish these and get them in the mail on time. I might even make a couple more.

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A few days ago I made a couple of fabric postcards.  This time I used Peltex, an extra stiff interfacing that is fusible on both sides.  It worked much better than the Pellon I used to make the first few I made.  I found centering and finishing them to be much easier with the Peltex. 

Friends really do make life blossom…this one went to a very special friend…she is a bright flower in my friendship garden.

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This one was made for a faithful blog visitor who never fails to make me smile when she leaves a comment.  I hope it made her smile when she found it in her mailbox.100_4135

Thank you for visiting.  Your comments are always welcome.

Until next time…

For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the Lord made the heavens.  Psalm 96:5

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Last week I finished a work in progress I started in June. It is the first crazy quilt block I embellished using lots of lace. Another thing I tried for the first time with this block is beading seam treatments I learned from reading Nancy Eha’s excellent beading books.  (More about her books later.)  I put the block aside when round robin blocks and one-on-one swaps took priority,  and I picked it up again when all my work on other people’s blocks was completed. I learned a good bit with this one and will be using lace and bead seam treatments often in future blocks.

 

 

During the year of 2013 I’m participating in the Crazy Quilt Journal Project. By the time I got interested in crazy quilting this year the project had already begun.  I looked on in wistful awe.  2013 will be a busy crazy quilting year between the journal project and the round robins I plan on participating in.  I’m looking forward to it!

Until next time…

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.  Philippians 4:8

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Back in June I started a block for me. It would be the first block embellished over lace and doilies. After working on it briefly I laid it aside to work on other people’s pieces. After completing Sue’s brown block I was free to stitch on my own “work in progress”. It is not finished, but I’ve made headway.

Overall block…click on any picture for larger view…

Silk Ribbon Embroidery flower grouping…

This one shows the feathered bead stitch and a seam treatment. I’m really getting hooked on beading.

Beaded chain stitch (I still need some refining of this one…), silk ribbon flowers, and more seam treatments…

Silk ribbon and bead butterfly and dragonfly…

My block is close to complete…then I must get another one started. I’m waiting on a special brown study block and one more butterflies and dragonflies round robin…but in the meantime I need something to work on.

Until next time…

For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. 2 Peter 1:17

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A couple of days ago my brown study round robin block came home. What a thrill! I smiled so much as I looked at it my face hurt. The stitching is lovely, and I am well-pleased with it. I can’t thank Pat H., Sue S., and Cris R. enough for taking time out of their lives to work on my humble block.

Overall block…click for larger view:

Upper Right…Cris added the lovely lace butterfly motif and the curlicue vine with beads.  She also stitched the spiderweb and added the “snooty little copper spider” (her words, not mine). 

Upper Right…Pat stitched the “money tree” on the right  We can all use more money!!!  I’m so glad she gave me one.  She also stitched the chain stitch seam treatment with seed beads centered in each chain and buttons along each peak.

Lower Left…Pat stitched the star seam treatment.  She is from Texas, and the stars will always remind me of that.  I am not certain, but I am pretty sure Cris stitched the button, bead and lazy daisy motif.  Very creative!  She also did the stitching on the gold ribbon Sue added. 

Lower Right…Sue added the brown lace motif embellished with seed beads and a pretty brown button.  The little “hope” ribbon charm is special…Sue is a three-year breast cancer survivor.  Praise the Lord!   The dragonfly was placed by Pat.  I adore dragonflies!

More detailed shot of spiderweb and spider…

And one final…

Isn’t it lovely?!!  Now for Sue’s…Sue’s is the final brown study block to visit me.  By the time it arrived there was very little room to work on it.  Two of the open spaces were perfect for lace motifs which I embellished with seed beads.   The one located near the tree on the right has a pretty metal button center.  It looks a lot like the sun shining down on the tree.   I also stitched on one seam along the top side of the larger lace motif (the one on the right top), and I added stitches and beads to each side of the gold braid trim someone else added.  The silk ribbon and bead dragonfly in the top center was my final touch.  Yesterday I sent Sue’s block back to her…I hope she loves hers as much as I love mine.

Sue’s block…

Lace motif with beadwork, metal butterfly, and stitching on the seam at top of motif….my silk ribbon and bead dragonfly is to the right of the motif. 

This picture shows the “sun” motif with beading and a pretty brown button.

If you would like to try your hand at crazy quilting a great place to get started is Crazy Quilting for Newbies.  You’ll find lots of friendly ladies who will cheer you on every step of the way.

Until next time…

Let them praise the name of the Lord: for he commanded, and they were created.  Psalm 148:5

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