I’m up before the chickens this morning. A fire is blazing in the fireplace gradually running the chill out of the house. My hot tea is on the table next to me cooling enough for me to sip. Bella is roaming the house making sure no boogers are hiding in the shadows. My sweetheart and Emma are still asleep. It’s a perfect time to share the Crazy Quilting for Newbies gray study round robin blocks I’ve worked on the past two months.
Barbara’s block…Barbara’s block arrived with beautiful stitching already begun. I’m amazed by her meticulous, tiny stitches.
Check out her work…the next two views.
All the stitching in this picture was done by me. Barbara is truly a tough act to follow!
The next rotation of the Gray Study belonged to Lori. I also followed Barbara on this block. This is an overview shot of the
work I did on Lori’s block.
Close up of spider and web…The spider is made of a tiny silk fabric yo-yo. I stuffed the yo-yo with a bit of cotton before gathering it closed. It’s the first I’ve made this way…and the first spider I’ve seen anywhere online made this way. Is it possible I came up with something original?
This shot shows the beaded dragonfly and ric-rac seam treatment.
I also added a paisley motif, the seam treatment below it and the pretty Venice lace fan. I added velour thread fly stitch, detached daisy stitch, and bullion stitch texture to the bottom right patch.
My CQJP 2013 July block was also done in gray monotones. By the time I completed it I wondered what on earth I was thinking choosing gray for a personal project when I’m in a gray monotone color study rr. (I’m running a bit behind on my CQJP…)
Left upper corner…paisley motif filled with colonial knots, vine with bullion roses.
Right upper corner…
Left Lower Corner…
Spider web and spider…I liked the yo-yo spider I made on Lori’s block so much I made one on mine.
I finally decided what to do with the All Things Pretty Do Your Block that came home naked. I used pretty Venice lace motifs painted by Nicki Lee for the focal point of the block and surrounded them with pretty bits of lace and stitching. I used the buttonhole stitch, feather stitch, stem stitch, bullion stitch, fly stitch, chain stitch and herringbone stitch on this wee block. Finishing this block completed a set of six, six inch blocks constructed in coordinating fabrics. I’m not sure I shared the other five so I really need to do an All Things Pretty post.
My final share for the morning is a snowball I received from Kristie. I love it…her butterfly is Kristie made and so fine. I love each element. The anchor fabric has the sweetest little yellow bird. Kristie overstitched it making it really stand out. I can almost hear it sing. Her stitches are even and fine. I love the way Kristie brought all the colors together in harmony. In short…I love my new snowball!
Until next time…
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12