It took me a few days to decide if I wanted to add another commitment to my busy life next year. In the end, an excuse with deadlines to create a crazy quilt block every month sounded like a good idea to me! *Grins*
In the rules I discovered the project should not include something we are already working on, so my monthly themed blocks would not qualify. I have always loved landscape quilts and thought 6-inch blocks would make for pretty quick work. Right?! Well, I planned my first block and realized that might not be the case.
|CQJP Block 2 prior to stitching.|
To save time, I decided to assemble two blocks the same day. This way, when I finished one, the other would be ready. I had pretty clear ideas for one block, and the other, I knew would be more challenging. Guess which one I decided to work on first? The trickier of the two for me, of course.
|Winter landscape prior to stitching.|
I was hoping to complete my first block before posting photos here. However, as I have been putting as much of my free time as I could into it for the past week and a half, and it is not even half complete, I gave in to the temptation to share my progress so far.
My "plans" for the block are a simple sketch on a yellow sticky note. I wanted to put a house along the horizon and I wanted it to look realistic. A cross stitch leaflet I have came to mind, so I found it and discovered the perfect house to add to the block. The leaflet is from the Stoney Creek Collection and it is called Country Living Book 130. (I tried to find a copy on-line to link to, but I failed. Sorry!) The house I chose was taken from the pattern entitled, "Cozy Winter Twilight." This is only a small portion of the original pattern. I LOVE Stoney Creek cross stitch patterns because the shading is simply gorgeous. Of course, that same shading takes me forever to stitch...
|Before removing the cross-stitch canvas.|
|After removing the cross stitch canvas.|
|CQJP Block 1 partially complete.|
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