Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | July 3, 2015

July calendar

OOPS!  June slipped past silently and I forgot to add the July calendar on Sunday.  The original block was stitched in November 2014.

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Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | June 8, 2015

SCC Round robin part 2

I can’t manage photo inserts in WordPress as they refuse to go..and stay.. where they are meant…so here is the rest of the round robin square for Patti.

The top corner (2 triangular sections) were stitched by Alison.  A lovely paisley and a tatted motif both covered with silk ribbon flowers, with hand dyed lace and a pretty floral seam between.

I added a flower vine and the seam below Jean’s berries, keeping the thread colour to match her Feather stitching.

The photo on the right..well it was on the right but now below…was inspired by an embroidery I began when I was 16 and has remained a UFO ever since.  60 years later I copied the statue but made modern flowers.  Those on the original Semco pattern were created with Straight and Detached Chain.  I’m determined to finish that doiley now.

The work has returned to Patti, to finish with her own embroidery on the space left.

It has been enjoyable, as usual, working with others and learning from them too.

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Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | June 8, 2015

SCC round robin

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This last block I have worked on is the last in this Round Robin.  Four of us have completed our work and the last section is to be finished by the owner, Patti. This section was done by Dianne.  Again I apologize for my poor camera work.  I love the butterfly- the colour is teal not blue and a design I’ve not seen before.  The seams around the butterfly were also Dianne’s work as well as the beautiful rose and shrub and heart charm. Dianne was nervous being a first-timer in our round robin but I’m sure you will agree she has no problem with her work.  I’ve enjoyed seeing all her work and hope she will join more RRs. Jean added the flower vine – love her bow of DMC threads- and Beaded Chain stitch seam.  Her bead- berries vine is also lovely.  Jean was also a first timer to RRs but not embroidery.

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Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | June 1, 2015

CQJP June Calendar

Where has the year disappeared to?  Already June and not much to show for it.

Here’s my June calendar from last year’s Crazy Quilting Journal Project, ready to hang on the wall.

Though on this first day of spring the sun is shining and the sky is blue,it’s jolly nippy this morning.

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Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | May 1, 2015

CQJP calendar

Another month quickly passed and not much work to show for it.

Here is my CQJP block from last year, converted to the calendar.  So far I’ve seen a block daily, where had I made a small quilt of the blocks, they would have been out of sight.   At the year’s end I’ll have to think again what to do with the pages.

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Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | April 30, 2015

SCC Round Robin 2015

I’ve completed my work on Alison’s block. The first photo shows the section of butterflies – double Detached chains and Bullions and stems of Coral Knots and Detached chains.  At the base I added Straight and Fly stitches with tiny French Knots in 2mm silk ribbon.

Threads used were DMC rayons, and Cottage Garden threads-‘Dandelion’  The ribbon happened to be the same tones as the CGT.

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The last photo shows a seam of DMC Chain stitches with Detached chain flowers.  These are alternated with threads of CGT ‘pimpernel’ (not that it’s easy to see) and 2 Rajmahal varities.

To the right I added 2 flower motifs and silk ribbon leaves.

And here to date, is the full block with a garden theme.

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The colours are so vibrant and it’s a shame I can’t show the block at it’s best.  Please click on the picture as it does improve the colours.

I added a few more flower motifs to the bottom right corner to fill the space.

One more person to work on the block then it returns to Alison who will add some herself.

 

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | April 22, 2015

In our garden

Male kangaroos in our garden

Male kangaroos in our garden

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe often have kangaroos call in to crop our grass but I noticed yesterday there were no females.  Not all are in this photo- there were 18…generally we’d get about half that.

Apart from cropping DH’s fruit trees,  they are a blessing in that they eat the grass and save lots of mowing time.

We throw bread to them and while semi tame, I have never seen a big one stand upright, balancing on his tail, so close to me. He appears to be some distance from me but it was only 4 feet back.  I was on the verandah taking the shot and so I estimate he was 6 feet high.

I don’t wholly trust them; they can balance on their strong tail and can use their long sharp-nailed feet to kick out if frightened -which can be dangerous.

During school holidays or over summer they retreat to their own area as they prefer the quiet to a busy township.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | April 11, 2015

Southern Cross Crazies RR

I am about to begin work on Alison’s CQ Round Robin block but before this I am posting the work of the previous embroideries.   This is the first Round Robin Dianne and Jean have been in and are enjoying it. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADianne stitched the Rose vine with silk ribbon and Fly stitch stems. The ric-rac is alternately woven with a green and  a lilac thread and French knots. The willow trunk is Chain stitched and leaves of Fly stitches. – I love trees. The seam above is Beaded Alternating Fly stitch. The next photo shows her spider and web.  Alternating Up and Down Buttonhole with Detached Chains and Chain stitch supporting her cute bird in a cage. The seam to the right is Herringboned silk ribbon.

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Jean’s first photo shows her beautiful Bullions and Detached Chains.  The leaves are Fly stitched and the stem..Stem stitched.  I love the use of the matching threads for the bow.  Beads and side flowers of Straight stitch are lovely.             The seam below is of beads and tiny Straight stitched leaves. The corner section has a horseshoe caught down with green Detached Chains and Detached Chain Cast-ons.  Below is a seam of Beaded Chain stitch.   To the right Beaded Alternating Fly stitch.  French Knots, Detached chain, beads and a little heart. Lastly but not least is a heart with the Tiniest, finest, Detached Chain Cast-ons I’ve ever seen.  I needed my magnifier to make sure what I saw, was what I thought the stitch to be. Straight stitched leaves and Fly stitch twigs and beads completed the heart..

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | April 1, 2015

SCC – round robin

Block for Dianne

Block for Dianne

 This is the second block I have worked on, in the Southern Cross Crazies Round Robin.  The theme is ‘Garden’.

I added the lowest seam of long tailed Fly stitch with DMC green thread and Sassa Lynne variegated Straight stitches and Detached Chain leaves

A group of roses, Fuchsias, Forget-me-nots and Lavender.

Next to these is a silk ribbon rose vine.  The stem is Whipped Chain -DMC thread and Fly stitch leaves.

A dragonfly.   A row of DMC half daisies and another vine of Delica beaded wisteria.  The stems were Whipped Stem stitch and the leaves Detached Chain both using DMC threads.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is Jean’s first Round Robin.  RRs are a great way to learn first hand how other people’s crazy quilting looks.  Far better than seeing a photo.

 Jean added the 2 seams and the little shrub and flowers.  The French knots are lovely.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I love Jean’s variegated thread Bullions, which are so neat.  Beside these are her woven roses.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  My photo does not do these justice.

In the top corner Jean added some stars to the sky.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | April 1, 2015

April 2015 – calendar

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnother of the CQJP 2014 blocks now used as my monthly calendar.  I hope everyone enjoys the month of either Spring or Autumn in your own country.

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