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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.

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Check out her work…the next two views.

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All the stitching in this picture was done by me.  Barbara is truly a tough act to follow!

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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.

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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?

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This shot shows the beaded dragonfly and ric-rac seam treatment.

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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.

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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…)

Whole block…

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Left upper corner…paisley motif filled with colonial knots, vine with bullion roses.

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Right upper corner…

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Left Lower Corner…

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Right Lower…

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Lower center…

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Spider web and spider…I liked the yo-yo spider I made on Lori’s block so much I made one on mine.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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.

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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.  🙂

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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.

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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.

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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.  🙂

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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)

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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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Center…

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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.

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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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Soon a study in gray round robin will begin in one of the crazy quilting groups I belong to.  Today I pulled out the gray fabrics I’ve collected (with a little help from my friends) and put my block together.  I used cottons, dupioni, and few fancy fabrics of unknown fibers.  The block went together smoothly…no stress.  I love it when that happens.  All in all, I am pleased with it.  I hope the ladies who embellish will feel the same way.

I’m sharing several pictures to show the fabric patterns and textures.

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Left upper corner:

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Right upper:

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Left Lower:

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Right Lower:

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Center (anchor):

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I look forward to seeing what the ladies in my group will do with my block…and finding out who they will be.  The next time you see my block it will be all decked out with beautiful stitching.

If you have not thrown your name into the Creative Stitchery Success Strip Giveaway I am hosting, you are welcome to.

Until next time…

So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.  (Nehemiah 8:8)

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Success Strips

Last month I hosted a giveaway for a set of Robbie Field’s Creative Stitchery Success Strips.  As promised, this post announces the second of two giveaways featuring these useful stitch templates.

For a chance to win you need only comment on this post telling me what stitch you last added to your stitching repertoire.  The winner will be selected randomly.

Recently I did a one on one heart swap with a crazy quilting friend from one of the groups I belong to.  When she received her heart she commented on the stitch spacing in one of the seam treatments she has difficulty with.  The even spacing was entirely due to Robbie’s success strips!  There is no greater testimony of how well these innovative strips work.

These simple strips are a great addition to any free-form stitcher’s “war chest”.  I pull mine out and use them often, and they work well with some of the other templates crazy quilters use.

To read more about the strips, visit the Creative Stitchery site (link in embedded above) or read the information I shared in my first giveaway post.

This giveaway will end on September 15 at 12:00 noon Central time.  (Can you believe it is September already?)

For a second chance to win tell, also tell me how you learned of this giveaway.  (This is a reward for actually reading my post.)  🙂

Everyone is welcome to enter.

If you already have a set of strips you can gift them to a stitching or crazy quilt newbie.  If you would like to get a set of these useful stitching tools without waiting, Robbie would be happy to receive your order.  Ordering information is available via the link in the first paragraph.  Robbie’s turnaround service is excellent.

Disclaimer:

I am in no way profiting by hosting this giveaway and have no affiliation with the Creative Stitchery Success Strips production or sales (except for the warm fuzzy feeling I get by doing something nice for someone with no expectation of anything in return).  I just believe in the product’s usefulness to fellow stitchers.

Until next time…

Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.   (Ephesians 5:17)

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All the round robins I have been in so far this year have come full circle.  On the first day of September a new one will begin.  Yesterday I constructed the block I will send around the country for other stitchers to embellish.  There are five of us in this group.  Only one of the stitchers has been in a round robin with me in the past.  It will be fun to see each lady’s work up close and personal…I learn so much from other people’s work.

Our theme is Kate Greenway, an English artist and illustrator of children’s books.  She lived in the 19th century and died in 1901.  The picture I chose reminds me of spring…of May Day.  My printer was very low on cyan so it did not print true to color, but I liked the pink product and went with it.  It gave my block a Victorian look and seemed appropriate for the theme.

This picture is not particularly true to color either…

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Close-up of the silkie I used as an anchor piece.  I usually use a 5-sided anchor but could not make that method work with this picture.

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Hopefully the mailman will deliver a block for me to work on next week.  I’ve missed my round robins.  They are pretty habit-forming.

Soon I will make another post to share two crazy quilt hearts I received this past week…I love them both.  Sadly the heart I made and mailed to Angie on the 19th of this month still has not made it to her house.  It looks like I will be making a new one for her to replace the lost one. 😦  I broke my own “rule” of always getting a tracking number before mailing  something I worked hard,  and to avoid a trip to town I mailed it from home.  Never again.  I’ve learned my lesson well.  I do hope the heart has just dilly-dallied around and will still find Angie’s house, but it is seeming pretty unlikely.

Until next time…

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.   (Hosea 4:6)

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I finished this heart for Angie and remembered in the nick of time to take a picture of it so I could share it.

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And that’s a wrap…

UPDATE:  Angie’s heart landed.  She sent me a lovely email I found in my inbox this morning.

YAAAA…finally got your heart.   I’m afraid the envelope was a little worse for wear.  It was pretty mangled.  it was put into on of their damage envelopes.  your return address was totally not there.  Thank goodness mine was pretty in tacked…
Judy, the heart is absolutely beautiful. I just love everything about it.  The A is perfect. and of course the spider web and spidy are great. I love the flowers and the beading.  Thanks for the extras on the side….none fell off.  I wish I could make the cris/cross as well as you.  yours are so evenly spaced.  I can never get them right….that’s why I don’t do them…. mine come out lopsided. Do you mark them or just eyeball them.  I see you love french notes…me too. LOL
Thank you again for swapping with me.   OBTW…Sorry my heart is so small compared to yours.  I love the bigger heart.  more room to CQ on.  Hope mine wasn’t a disappointment.
Thanks again,
Hugs,
Angie in NH

I am so glad it landed!  And…of course I reassured her I love and treasure the heart she made for me.  The only disappointment there would have been in this swap would have been the one I made for her never arriving!

Until next time…

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.   (John 1:12)

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