Posts Tagged ‘CQJP 2013’

When I first set out to accomplish the Crazy Quilt Journal Project of 2013 I was determined not to get behind.  Well…the best laid plans go astray, and we’ve all heard where the road of good intentions leads.  This morning I finally put the finishing stitches on my June block.  Too many things got in the way of timely stitching and completion of this block.  To say I am glad to call it finished is an understatement.

Here are some pictures…

Full block…

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Left top…

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Right top…

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Left bottom…

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Right bottom…

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Late yesterday afternoon my dear husband went to the chicken house to pick up eggs, and this is what he found nestled in one of the laying boxes.  Yikes!  I am so thankful I was not the one picking up eggs, because with my cataracts, seeing into those dark, little openings is iffy at best.  I would very likely have been bitten…and this big ugly is a “bad” snake. I know some of you are thinking “there is no such thing as a good snake”, but I am not of that school of thought.  I’m so thankful my husband has better eyesight than me, and that he was the one to pick up eggs when that big ugly was filling its belly.


As if one picture is not enough…here is a second, closer one.

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Seeing it dead with its head crushed reminded me of the scripture I will close with today…

Until next time…

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.  Genesis 3:15


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Making my gray block for the upcoming Newbie Gray/Grey Study was so much fun, and I had so much nice gray fabric left, I had to make another block…just because.  I’ll use this one for my July CQJP block.  (I’m almost finished with my June block.)  Yes, I know.  I’m a little behind. 

Earlier this week I got a new crazy quilting book in the mail.  It’s J. Marsha Michler’s Motifs for Crazy Quilting I LOVE her books!   In it she shared one of her techniques for putting a block together.  I used her method of hand-basting the patches to the muslin to make my second gray block.  On the upside of this method, I was able to sit in my comfy chair most of the time while making it, and I didn’t get the screaming back and neck ache I usually get when I sit at my sewing machine.  The only downside was the added length of time it took to make my block.  This is a method I’ve wanted to try for a while but never took the time to do it.  I’m sure it won’t be the last time I use it.  The method sounded tedious, but the illustrations in the book made it look so simple.   I think before I piece another block by this hand-basting method I will buy one of those nifty miniature crafting irons and mark that off my wish list.  It would really come in handy for pressing all those turned under edges and eliminate the need to get up and go to the ironing board.

Motifs for Crazy Quilting is loaded with really great motif patterns, but the inspiration to try something new alone was worth the price of the book.  I think my favorite motifs are the trees, but there is a bit of everything.  I would render a guess there is something for every taste.  J. Marsha Michler did a nice job of putting this book together.  Good for us!

Here is my first hand-pieced crazy block.  All in all…I’m happy with it which is always nice.

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That’s all for this time…

Until next time…

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.   (Proverbs 3:5-6)

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When I looked in on my blog this morning I could hardly believe over a month had come and gone without a single post.  Looking back on the month of April, it is much easier to believe.  I started April out with my second bout with the flu…Strain B.  Because it was reported to be milder than Strain A, I opted not to go to the doctor in time to take Tamiflu…I pray I never feel the need to take that nasty stuff again!  Strain B may be milder, but it still landed in my lungs, and I ended up with a granddaddy case of bronchitis…if not pneumonia.  It took me a full month to get over it.  BUT thank God I am finally over it!

My Crazy Quilt Journal block for April is completed.  It is monochromatic pink.  Like the three blocks before it, a spider and spider web are part of the embellishment.   This block has more beading than the other three, so the final project may be made into a wall hanging or be displayed over the back of a chair instead of becoming the lap quilt I originally planned.  I’m afraid  a trip through the washing machine would be its doom.

Here are a few pictures of April in the pink…

The full block…

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Left upper corner…

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Left lower corner…

Lower left

Right upper corner…

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Right lower corner…

Lower right

Spider close-up…

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My friend Hollie suggested it would be nice to see all four completed blocks together…so this is for you, Hollie.  Of course, the blocks will have sashing in between them when they are actually put together.


The TAT RR I am in hit a snag, and I had no block to work on in April.  (That was probably God’s way of taking care of me, because there were very few days in April when I felt well enough to stitch for more than a few minutes at a time.)  I did stitch on one of Janie’s All Things Pretty blocks.  All Things Pretty is a “do your own block” 6″ block round robin.  Each participant embellishes a 6″ block.

Here is a picture of the work I did for Janie…


I have more to share, but I think I’ll save that for another post.  I’ve got spring flower pictures and snowballs thrown and a snowball caught.  The beginning of April brought the close to a heart swap I participated in.  I sent two and received two.  I will share the wonderful hearts I received in my next post…maybe even today.  Who knows.

Until next time…

I will go in the strength of the LORD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.  Psalm 71:16

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This morning I finished embellishing the blue heart I made for the Crazy Quilting for Newbies swap.  One of my daughters saw it, and asked why I put spiders on EVERYTHING?  Which I don’t.  But I told her spider webs were a symbol of good luck on Victorian crazy quilts.  Since these heart-shaped quilt blocks are swapped as a token of friendship, and I wish all my friends nothing but good things, a spider web and fantasy spider seem perfectly at home on my block.

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Here’s a closeup of my harmless little spider…He wouldn’t bite anyone.


I’ve also completed my March CQJP 2013 block.

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And a few shots of detail…

Right upper corner…

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Right Lower Corner…another harmless spider.

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Left Upper Corner…

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Left Lower Corner..

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And last…beautiful lichens…

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Thank you for looking.  Your feedback is welcome. 

Until next time…

And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!  John 1:36

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Night before last I made the final stitches in the round robin blocks in my possession.  Last night I had NOTHING ready to work on.  I felt like a fish out of water.  All month I’ve tried to get my March CQJP block constructed.  My fabrics were selected and prewashed and  laying in a wrinkled pile on top of my work space.  On the first day of  March I designed the layout of this month’s block and traced it on my muslin.  Today I finally took the time to press my fabrics and stitch my block.  Yea me!  Tonight the embellishing will begin.  This block is the third of a monochromatic theme.  It is shades of green, and all the materials used to embellish will also be green. 

Here is a picture of the naked block…

Naked block

Yesterday my husband and I ran errands.  While we were out we stopped by one of my favorite thrift stores.   I found a few framed vintage handwork pieces, a pretty little tea bag holder, and a choker necklace that will be taken apart and used for embellishing crazy quilt blocks. 

Framed tatting (I think this is tatting.  I cannot tell the difference between tatting and fine, cotton crochet)  The shadows on the matting are in the photo only.  The piece is pristine, and I love it!  It is hanging near the chair where I sit and stitch and is a sweet inspiration…


I grew up in Virginia and have visited historic Williamsburg several times.  Finding the next two pieces was almost like going home.  The cross stitch samplers are circa 1950’s.  I don’t know where I will hang them, but I couldn’t resist bringing them home.  A lot of care and time went into both pieces, and I always feel a strange connection with the unknown person who spent her time working on them.  I feel a sadness that no one who loved her wanted to hang on to the pieces.

The Raleigh Tavern…


Brutan Parish Church…


I assume this pretty little piece is a tea bag holder (I am drawn to blue glassware and china.  I don’t know if this is a replica or vintage.  It’s pretty, and I will use it.  It’s hand decorated in the USA (a BIG plus in my book) by CC Fine China…Morgana Collection.  I found nothing about it online, but that matters not, because I like it. 🙂



Robert Rose Faux Pearl Choker (I can’t imagine wearing anything like this around my neck, but the parts will be perfect for embellishing CQ blocks…too bad there are no green pieces!)


That’s my thrifty finds from yesterday…thank you for stopping by.  I welcome your comments. 

Until next time…

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally. . . . But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.  James 1:5-6

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The last day of February rolled around yesterday.  I made my final stitches on my Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2013 February block just a couple of hours before March rolled in.  My theme is monochromatic blocks…twelve blocks, twelve colors.  Purple was the color for February.  February is “heart month”, and there is no nobler heart than a purple heart. 

All my stitching on this block is free form so it is less than perfect…just like me.  🙂  Though I am tempted to use templates to make each stitch uniform, I have resisted. 

I am sharing several pictures…some close-ups so you can see the detail better.

Full block:

February full block

Left upper corner:  A  button cluster with a  dyed Venice lace motif and assorted beads highlights the left upper corner.  This block is my first piece to use the Victorian Fringe stitch as a seam treatment.  I love the look and will definitely use the stitch again.

February upper left

Upper Right Corner:  The flower sequins are shades of purple.  They look pink in the pictures, but they are not.

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Lower Left Corner:  I used this block to practice my vine-stitching technique, so all quadrants feature one.

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Lower Right Corner:  Trees are beginning to bud and bloom in Southeast Mississippi and the right corner seemed the perfect place for a budding tree.

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Center:  My husband thought my spider was a fly…:)

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Thank you for looking. Your comments are most welcome.

Until next time…

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.  Revelation 21:4

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The past week was a crazy, busy one.  There was no slowing down time until nightfall, so stitching was at a minimum.  I was hoping for the new week to start off slower and pan out to be less demanding of my time.  There hasn’t been a lot of time demanding going on, but a slow beginning was far from what happened. 

Sunday started out like most any Sunday.  I got up and got ready for church.  It was a rainy morning, and severe weather was predicted in the afternoon.  Some time between 5:00 PM and 6:30 PM a tornado twisted its way through our city.  Thankfully it skipped to the north as it passed over I59 and did not affect our home.  Still, my dogs and I sought shelter in a closet waiting for the beast to pass. 

Many were not so fortunate and suffered great property destruction.  There were some injuries requiring medical attention, but there were no deaths.  Early warning is attributed to that good fortune…I personally thank God and give Him the glory for bringing us through a frightening time safely. 

Last week I finished February’s work on the round robins in my possession.  I’m working on my CQJP for this month.

Here are a few pictures…

This is from the “ALL THINGS PRETTY” round robin through World Wide Crazy Quilting.  The little sweetie in the center of the block is Lee’s great-granddaughter.


This block is from the Blue/Green Color Study aka TAT (turquoise and Teal) hosted by Crazy Quilting for Newbies.  It belongs to Angie who welcomes spider webs and spiders on her block.

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This is the block I made for the Blue/Green Study:


Finally, here is a picture of my February CQJP before any work has been done on it. My theme for the year is monochromatic…I’m not using silk ribbon or anything else that may be damaged when washed because I plan to make a lap quilt when all twelve blocks are completed.


That about does it for this time…

Until next time…

Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.  John 15:2

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This afternoon I put the final stitches in my January block for my 2013 Crazy Quilt Journal Project.  I have no particular theme.  My blocks will all be primarily stitching with a few beads, trims and laces.  My plan for the project blocks when completed is a lap quilt so I want it to be gentle cycle friendly.  Each block will be made and embellished with shades of one color.  January is blue…

Here is a picture of the completed block…for closer view click on the picture.

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Below are some shots of different sections of the block for closer view…

I added a spider web and bead spider.  The web is stitched with blue metallic thread to make it show up better than it would with a flat finished floss. 

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This view shows a Cretan stitch seam treatment and a fly stitch vine.

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This shot shows a button hole stitch and sequin flower seam treatment, a lace seam treatment and a feather stitch seam treatment. 

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This picture shows a rick-rack seam treatment, simple sequin and seed bead motifs, and a seam treatment make of straight stitches and detached chains.

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Another seam treatment and embroidered over print…

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The simple flower motif made of detached chains was the final thing I did on the block…by the time I reached this space I was fresh out of ideas and trying to figure out what to do next gave me a brain cramp. 

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I haven’t decided on the color of my February block…but I need to get hopping so I can construct the block and start stitching.  I would love to stay on or ahead of schedule throughout the year. 

All feedback is welcome…thank you for looking.

Until next time…

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9

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Soon I will mail Ruby’s Butterflies and Dragonflies 2 round robin block back to her.  I’ve had it almost a month and a half, because we don’t mail blocks in December.  During that time I’ve looked at it many times, and her block gets prettier every time I see it.  The ladies who stitched before me really outdid themselves.  Their work is beautiful.  I found it hard to decide what to do next when I got my hands on it…you know…the “hard act to follow” scenario.  Being last in the rotation is a challenge unto itself.  When I finally started stitching, my part began to flow…I hope Ruby is pleased.  I can’t imagine she wouldn’t be.  Check it out…

My work starts with the two center blocks and moves down and to the right.  The lovely Venice lace motifs I used were dyed by Nicki Lee.  She makes her beautiful, hand dyed laces and other treasures available to crazy quilters everywhere in her Etsy shop.

For closer view click on pictures…

Ruby my work

The second picture is the full block completed. 

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During the month of December I’ve worked on a one on one swap block with Stephanie.  Soon her block will be returned to her.  The colors in the photo are not true to the colors in the block, but they are close.  I’m hoping Stephenie will be well pleased.  I’ve enjoyed embellishing her block and hope this one on one swap is only the first of many Stephanie will embellish in the future.Stephanie finished

I’ve also been working on my January block for the CQJP 2013.  I’ve decided to do tone on tone blocks with stitching and lace only…maybe a few beads but no silk ribbon. Each block will be a different color.  When all twelve blocks are complete I’ll put them together as a lap throw.  The absence of silk ribbon will make the throw washing machine friendly. 

 It is still my intention to take part in  the blue/green color study round robin, but my block is not yet constructed.  I spent so much time sick during December, I haven’t gotten around to it.  I’m finally starting to feel better so hopefully I’ll manage to put one together in the coming week. 

The All Things Pretty round robin I signed up for is shy one stitcher.  We tentatively have a start date for January…if another stitcher steps up.  Here’s hoping…

Until next time…

For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.  Colossians 1:16

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The more I looked at my January block the more unhappy I became with it.  The long, dark blue patch glared at me even though it blended well with a couple of the fabrics I used in the block.  Today I replaced the glaring patch with a more subtle piece of fabric.  I’m more pleased and look forward to embellishing it over the next month or two. 

Original block:

January 2013

Here is a picture of the revised block.

January 2013 Redo

My friend Stephanie and I are doing a one on one block swap.  Exciting!!!  Saturday I received Stephanie’s block.  Isn’t it lovely?  I love the rich colors and fabrics.   I’ve got  embellishing ideas spinning around in my head.  I’ll update as I work on it.

CQ one on one swap with Judy D.  November 2021

Until next time…

For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.  Romans 8:29

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