Thursday, February 26, 2015

1 Xmas Item a Month February 2015 Finish

In June of 2012, I made this block for my first Crazy Quilting International (CQI) Round Robin. (If you crazy quilt or plan to learn how to crazy quilt, you may join CQI on Yahoo or on Facebook.)

The center rose was cross-stitched on black fabric using the Leisure Arts Pamphlet "A Regal Rose and Distinctive Floral Alphabet." (There is a link to the pamphlet under "My Favorites" at on the sidebar to the right.)

The round robin began in July of 2012 and ended in January of 2013. This is how it looked when it returned home. Absolutely stunning! What a talented novice group.

Embellished by Crystal S., Hazel T., Shannon C., and Mardeen L.
I mailed the block to Shannon C. in ID and she framed the center rose with a lace trim, ribbon and added lovely seam work as well as the beautiful silk ribbon border along the bottom of the block.

I believe Shannon mailed it on to Crystal S. in OH. Crystal added the lovely wisteria and the dragonfly among other lovely details.

Hazel T. in MO received the block next. She added the amazing Brazilian embroidery in the upper-left, along the top, and (if I remember correctly) in the lower-right corner.

Mardeen L. in CO completed the block with the delicate hanky, the lovely button cluster flower, and leafy vine with flowers along the right side of the block.

Until now, the block has been tucked safely away, waiting for me to transform it into a 12-inch pillow. I used this pillow tutorial (again) at to transform the block into a pillow cover. (It was a little tricky, as the embroidery pulled the 12-inch block in to about 11.5-inches, but I made it work!)

Embellished by Shannon C., Crystal S., Hazel T. and Mardeen L.
It is SO much prettier in person. The temptation to keep this for myself is pretty strong, but it has other plans this Christmas.

Please stop by the 1 Xmas Item a Month blog to see more lovely gifts and Christmas projects!


Cathy Kizerian said...

Wow, this turned out beautifully! I love the cross-stitched rose in the center, it reminds me of my CQJP2012 project (that I only have 1 block left to do on). Wonderful job of putting it into a pillow. It will surely be a treasure for the lucky recipient. Hugs’

Irene Lowe said...

It's beautiful! I have a similar block which I have from one of the Novice RR's and I am too scared to do anything with it because it is so gorgeous. I was thinking a cushion but now I think I will put it in a frame behind glass and display it.
Well done to everyone involved in your block. It is truly a work of art.

Josie said...

This is simply BEAUTIFUL!!! Thanks for sharing......what an inspiration! :-)

Pamela said...

Very pretty! Nice to have a finish!

Queeniepatch said...

This block has grown in beauty through all the hands it has passed. So much eye candy to enjoy. Now you have turned it into a fantastic cushion, the greatest show case.
Santa will not want to give this away, but keep it!!!

Christine Barnsley said...

Hello Renee! The block has made the most beautiful cushion.... not surprised you are tempted to keep it! ;) xx

Cheri, the Quilting Nanny said...

What a good idea! I wish I had thought of that years ago! I don't decorate for christmas fun without kids but a christmas project a month...good idea! GOod luck!

Sheryl S. said...

This has turned out so pretty, don't think I could part with it when all my stitchy friends have helped make it. A real treasure

Magpie's Mumblings said...

You KNOW I love this, don't you!!