Tuesday, January 17, 2017

CQJP 2017 January Seams 4 & 5 - TAST 59 & 65

10 Year Anniversary of TAST!

This is the 10th anniversary for Take a Stitch Tuesday (TAST), offered by Sharon Boggon at Pintangle.com.  To celebrate a decade of TAST, she will be restarting the series of stitches beginning next Tuesday, January 24th.  You may read more about her plans, some fun challenges, and about her new book HERE.

Personally, I am still catching up with the most recent set of TAST stitches. (Next time, I may make an actual sampler, so I do not find myself stumped wondering what current project the current stitch will work with...) I practiced two new stitches this week.

TAST Stitch 65: Top Knotted Buttonhole

I thought it would be fun to use the top knotted buttonhole stitch on a curve to embellish this crazy quilt seam. (You may click on any photo for a larger image.)

An edge on one of Sharon B.'s Crazy Quilt Templates Set 1 was perfect for what I had in mind. 

DISCLAIMER: I added links to some of the products I used for your convenience. If you visit Amazon through my blog and make a purchase, I do earn a small credit. I am not affiliated with Sharon B.'s templates, but I do love using them!

Using a mechanical pencil, I lightly marked dots along the curves onto the block. (I did not want to fully trace the lines, as I was afraid they may not be fully covered by the stitching.)

The stitch was worked with size 12 DMC #B5200 snow white pearl cotton.

Although I could have stopped there, I wanted to dress the seam up more.

Five straight stitches were added around each "knot" with size 8 Presencia Finca #1724 perle cotton to create flower petals.

Three small white buttons were secured within the curves of the seam using a strand of DMC #604 light cranberry floss. (Note: I purchase mine at JoAnn or Michaels for a fraction of the price listed through this link.)

I really enjoyed working the top knotted buttonhole stitch and building this seam!

TAST Stitch 59: Woven Detached Chain Stitch

I had a hard time deciding how I wanted to work the woven detached chain stitch. So, I followed several of the links that were shared in the comments on the tutorial post in 2013. I fell in love with the flowers Isabelle shared HERE on her blog. 

Using a ruler. I found the center of this seam and placed dots at the start and end points for five petals.

I was not sure if I should start the detached chain stitch in the center or the outer edge of the petal. This one began on the outside, but I started the rest in the inner circle of dots.

After completing the first "petal", I moved on to the next until all 5 were done.

I could have left it as it was, but decided to dress it up more.

A 4 mm silver bead filled the center beautifully.

Evenly spaced colonial knots decorated the remainder of the seam.

These are both stitches I see myself using in the future.

Thank you for stopping by!

What is TAST?

TAST stands for Take a Stitch Tuesday, a personal stitching challenge offered by Sharon Boggon at Pintangle.com. You may learn more about it HERE. There is an active TAST group on Facebook where participants share photos of the work they create with each stitch.

Other posts related to this project include:

3. Seams 2 & 3 

My CQJP 2017 project may also be found on this Pinterest board.

Monday, January 16, 2017

CQJP 2017 January Block Seams 2 & 3

Here is a crazy quilting question... Do you plan out the work on your blocks, or do you just embroider whatever strikes your fancy in the moment?

I am guilty of both. For this block, I sketched out a plan in my bullet journal. 

As you may have guessed from my scribbles, I have already made a few changes from the diagram I drew. For easy reference, I numbered the seams in a clockwise fashion (except #15 because I forgot to sketch it.)

As I thought of an idea for a seam, I jotted down the corresponding seam number in my journal and listed the names of the stitches required and (if applicable) what inspired the seam. There is a separate page in my journal where I neatly list the supplies and stitches actually used to embellish each seam as I go.

DISCLAIMER: I have added links to a few supplies used for your convenience. Please note that if you visit Amazon through my blog and make a purchase, I do receive a small credit.

Seam 2

The second step on this block was to secure the lace.

I decided to dress this lace trim up with flowers.

I like the embroidery to extend off of the finished block on the outer seams. When I get to the assembly process, if I cut a 1/4-inch seam allowance, I do not want to cut my embroidery thread. So, I start and end most stitches roughly 1/8-inch outside my basted seam lines.

As you see here, I began a buttonhole stitch just outside the seam line. It was worked with size 8 DMC #320 medium pistachio green pearl cotton and I ended the seam just before the black fabric began.

Using the same green thread, I added "leaves" to the bottom of each "stem" along the seam. First, I added 2 straight stitches to the base of a stem. Then, I added a pair of detached chain stitches to the next one. I continued alternating stitches along the seam.

Using size 12 Presencia Finca baby yellow color #1211 perle cotton, I added a colonial knot to the first stem (with the straight stitched leaves.) 3 detached chain stitches were added to the top of the next stem. (I work the petal on the right, the petal on the left and then the center petal when creating these flowers.) I continued this pattern along the seam.

To complete the seam, a Mill Hill Petite Glass Bead Seed Bead #40123 Cream was added to the top of each of the detached chain stitched flowers. 

I love that Mill Hill has a conversion chart showing matching colors of DMC threads to attach their beads with. Following the chart, I passed through each bead 3 times with single strand of Ecru DMC floss and a beading needle. I knotted the floss in the back and then moved on to the next bead. (I prefer to secure each bead individually, so if one comes loose they will not all fall off.)

This is one of my favorite crazy quilt seam combinations and I love it with this lace.  (I later tacked the bottom of the lace down with tiny stitches and a strand of Ecru DMC floss.)

Seam 3

The next step was to secure this ribbon.

It moved slightly when the block was pieced, allowing a bit of the seam to show beneath the left side of the ribbon.

I pinned the ribbon so the visible seam lay parallel to it. Then, I couched a line of size 8 DMC #605 very light cranberry pearl cotton along the seam. (I used the same thread to couch the thread in place.)

Next, I pinned a strip of waste canvas over the lower edge of the ribbon. (Before I began stitching, I made sure the edge of the ribbon lined up with a single row of the waste canvas. It is slightly askew in this photo.)

Herringbone stitches were added using size 8 Anchor #926 (cream or ecru?) pearl cotton.

I worked the stitch from the edge of the black and pink fabric, and up just over the edge of the ribbon. I counted 3 squares of the canvas up and to the right for the first stitch. I brought the needle up one square to the left of the stitch at the top and counted diagonally down 3 squares of canvas. This process was repeated until a stitch ended about 1/8" past the basted seam line.

This is how it looked after removing the waste canvas. 

Using size 8 Anchor #225 light mountain meadow pearl cotton, I created stems and leaves for 2 small heart flowers.

First, I determined where I wanted to place both plants and made 2 straight stitches extending up and out from the same spot on the ribbon. Next, I added 3 detached chain stitches - one to the right, one to the left and one in the center of each pair of straight stitches.

Heart flowers were added with size 8 Anchor #052 pink pearl cotton and what I assume might be called an open detached chain stitch. I tried to capture the process in this photo.

This seam was copied from my work on a block embellished for Alexandra in 2014.

Mill Hill Magnifica Beads #10026 Old Rose were added between the herringbone stitches with a single strand of DMC 3688 floss to complete the seam.

This is how my January CQJP 2017 block looks with the first 3 seams embellished.

I am joining with Monday Stitchery Link Party #93 at Super Mom - No Cape! I do hope you will hop over and join the fun!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

In case you are wondering...

What is a bullet journal?
A bullet journal (sometimes referred to as a BuJo) is a customizable planning system designed by Ryder Carroll. You may learn more about it HERE.

What is CQJP 2017? 
It is a personal challenge to create one crazy quilt block a month. This year, the blocks must measure at least 8- x 8-inches square. (Which is the size of the block I am working.) You may learn more about CQJP 2017 HERE and you may see blocks others have embellished HERE.

Links to previous posts related to this block:

1. Piecing the Block 
2. Seam 1 Part 1 

My CQJP 2017 Project may also be found on this Pinterest board.

Friday, January 13, 2017

CQJP 2014 November Block Wristlet Completed

Crazy Quilted Zipper Pouch Wristlet with Coordinating Tissue-Pack Cover
This hand-embroidered crazy quilted zipper pouch is my first finish of 2017.  

While embroidering this piece, I extended the stitching on the seams slightly past the basted seam allowances. (I will explain why below.) When cutting the block, I was careful not to cut the stitching. I did not want to risk it unraveling. (You can see I am a knotty stitcher. A friend of mine was recently snubbed for using knots in her embroidery. Most of the work I do ends up in projects intended for use, so I like to know everything is firmly secured.)

I like to be sure the embroidery extends into the seams.

To me, it looks better than that way.

Once again, I referred to THIS TUTORIAL on YouTube from the Missouri Star Quilt Company. I only made a few changes. (I LOVE this tutorial!)

Because my middle fabrics were not the same size, I sewed them onto the long pink strip. I wanted the top pink sections to line up when the pouch was assembled.

I trimmed the embroidered block first. (I triple checked I would not be cutting any hidden embroidery threads beneath.) Then, I cut the panel for the back with the same dimensions.

 As you can see, I also made sure the outer edges of my crazy quilted block were trimmed away.

Other changes I made to the tutorial were adding a zig-zag stitch to secure the raw edges in the bag. And, I added a wristlet strap following a section of THIS TUTORIAL at Emmaline Bags.

The back of the bag is fairly simple. It measures roughly 6 3/4-inches wide and 7 3/4-inches tall.

Using THIS TUTORIAL, I made a coordinating tissue-pack cover.

This zipper-pouch wristlet was donated to my son's drama club for a raffle. It is my hope it will help raise funds for their annual trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Links to other posts that journal the creation of this zipper-pouch wristlet are listed below:

1. Photo of pieced block
2. Two seams created with TAST Stitches 15 & 16
3. Two more seams created with TAST Stitches 17 & 18
4. A seam created with TAST Stitch 24
5. A motif created with TAST Stitch 39 (Note: This was later changed, as I felt the button was just too big.)
6. Two motifs created with TAST Stitches 46 & 48
7. The completed block

Additional Notes:
This finishes another item on my CQJP 2014 list. You may learn more about the Crazy Quilt Journal Project (CQJP) 2014 HERE. My 2014 goal was to create a purse a month. I still have one block to embellish and 2 purses to create.

This project was #6 on my list for the 2017 UFO Challenge shared at All People Quilt. You may read more about the challenge HERE and see my list HERE.

Several additions to this piece were inspired by stitches introduced through Sharon B.'s Take a Stitch Tuesday (TAST). You may learn more about TAST HERE.

As mentioned in the post sharing the completed embroidery, Sharon B.'s Crazy Quilt Templates Set 2 were used to create one of the seams and a motif on this piece. A photo of that section was shared in the Summer 2016 edition of the Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine. (I am not affiliated with the templates or the magazine. Submissions are currently needed for the Summer 2017 edition of the magazine, which will feature a button theme. You may learn more HERE. The deadline is February 1st.)

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

CQJP 2016 March Block Seam 2 & Motif 2

Of all of the crazy quilting and embroidery I have done, my husband thinks this bird is, "the coolest thing," I have created.

The seam and the motif were added to my March Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2016 (CQJP 2016) block, back in January of last year. I chose to wait to share photos on my blog until the Summer 2016 edition of the Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine was released, because the photo was published with the product review I wrote about Sharon B.'s crazy quilt templates set 2. (I am not affiliated with the magazine or the templates. Links are added for your convenience.)

I began with the seam around the heart. 

I traced overlapping curves for the vine.

Next, I created a tree branch using one of the curves on the templates. 

The bird was traced in above that. (I had to use a mechanical pencil to fit in the template to trace the tail feathers.)

Using size 12 green perle cotton and a stem stitch, I created the vines. 

Detached chain stitches were added in the same shade of green to make the leaves. 

A single strand of red DMC floss created bullion stitched buds at the end of each stem. Two small straight stitches (in the same green) were added to the bottom of each flower.

Using single strands of DMC floss, I outlined my traced lines with a split stitch

The outlines were filled with single strands of DMC floss using long and short stitches.

I really wanted to work the bird template onto one of these blocks, but I also wanted to keep with the red and black theme. So, I did a google search for images of red birds and decided to try to embroider a summer tanager. I studied several photographs and gave it a try.

From start to finish, this section of the block took about 12 hours to complete. It sounds like a long time, but it was SO fun to watch the stitches bring the image in my mind to life. (Now to finish the block...)

This block is one of 12 I plan to complete for CQJP 2016 - a personal challenge to complete one block a month. My decision to make 12-inch blocks that do not include beads or silk ribbon slowed my progress down, but I am still working to complete this project! You may see what others created for CQJP 2016 HERE

Pamela Kellogg is seeking photos of crazy quilt work involving buttons for the Summer 2017 edition of the Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine. If you have photos you want to submit, you may learn more about it HERE. I believe photos must be submitted by February 1st.

Katie Bock is seeking submissions for the Spring 2017 edition of Our Quilting Journal Magazine. The deadline is January 20th and the theme is baskets and flowers. You may learn more about it HERE. (I am not affiliated with the magazine. It is a new magazine and it is my understanding it will feature sane and crazy quilts.)

Thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

CQJP 2017 January Seam 1 Part 1 - TAST Stitch 61

TAST Stitch 61: Raised Chain Stitch Version 1

I am not sure why, but looking at this particular stitch, I had a hard time envisioning it on one of my blocks.  Perhaps because I am drawn toward smaller stitches and smaller beads?  I am glad that I gave it a go - it was a fun one to work!

If you read the tutorial I shared Saturday explaining how I pieced this block, you know I made an oops and one seam needed to be secured with embroidery. I decided this stitch would do a beautiful job of attaching the top fabric to the foundation. (There is a link to the tutorial at the end of this post.)

Disclaimer: For your convenience, links are provided to some supplies I use. Of those links, please know if you visit Amazon through my blog and make a purchase, I do receive a small credit.

For a better view, clicking on a photo will enlarge the image.

To make this stitch even, I planned to use waste canvas. So, my first step was to baste the loose seam. The fabric would be hidden beneath the waste canvas, and I did not want it to move and leave a gap.

This is 14-count waste canvas cut slightly larger than the area to be embroidered.

For smaller areas, I just pin the waste canvas in place - making sure it is lined up with the seam before stitching.

I used size 8 Anchor watermelon variegated 1201 pearl cotton floss.

I began my ladder stitches just barely catching the darker pink fabric above and counted down for holes.

Next, I removed the waste canvas. (Hmm... I tried not to pucker the fabric. Something to work on in the future.)

Note: I wanted this seam to extend a little bit past my seam line so it would not end abruptly on the finished block.

After the first few stitches, I fell into a rhythm and was able to stop referring to Sharon's great tutorial.
It was fun to watch it grow.

One row.

Two rows.

Three rows.

(I am not sure if you can tell, but with this row, I managed to secure the small thread that was peeking out to the right.)

And the 4th row completed the seam embellishment. 

I plan to add more to the seam above this band of raised chain stitches. First, the seam above must be embellished.

TAST stands for Take a Stitch Tuesday, a personal stitching challenge offered by Sharon B. at pintangle.com. There is a Facebook TAST group. The creativity members share with these stitches frequently blows me away. You may learn more about TAST here. It is a challenge anyone may join at any time. I believe Sharon recommends you begin with stitches 1-10, as they are foundation stitches for several of the other stitches taught through the challenge.

I worked this stitch on my Crazy Quilt Journal Project (CQJP) 2017 January block. CQJP 2017 is a challenge to embellish a crazy quilt block each month. By the end of the year you will have 12 blocks to make a crazy quilt with. Registration for this year is now closed, but you may follow the work participants create here.

Related posts:
January CQJP 2017 - Piecing Tutorial: Oops, Now What?! 
   -You may read it on the blog or pin it on Pinterest.

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