Saturday, March 21, 2015

CQI Under the Sea Round Robin - Nicki Lee's Completed Block

Nicki Lee's Crazy Quilting International Under the Sea Round Robin (CQI UTS RR) block was so much fun to work on! 

Just look at the lovely fabrics she used!

I do wish the change in colors on this variegated size 5 perle cotton had been more frequent. I had hoped each arm would show some color contrast. However, I still had fun with the woven picot stitch and the French knot center.

This section was so much fun! 
I lightly sketched in 3 curvy lines on the muslin backing and followed those lines with fly stitches and 2 strands of variegated floss.

Cloud filling stitches made a fun net. 
The fish were created with chain stitches and straight stitches.

My favorite way to make jellies is still using one of these clear buttons and couching down metallic white DMC floss.

The purple coral was created with lots and lots of tiny French Knots. 
Whipped wheels and bullion stitches make wonderful sea stars.  
And, I believe the idea of the snail was inspired by 
Kathy Shaw's free Beginning Crazy Quilt Class.
(Registration for the next Beginner's class opened yesterday and closes tomorrow, March 22nd. You may find more details, or sign up here.)

Nicki Lee loves mermaids and sea horses, 
so I had to add one or the other to this block! 
Before I made my first stitch on this block, 
I found a place to add this little fellow. 
I traced him (in pencil) on the muslin back of the block. 
Next, I outlined the traced lines with a split stitch. 
 Using a satin stitch and a single strand of floss, I filled in each section.

I do hope Nicki Lee is happy with her block! 
I had so much fun working on it.
Today, her blocks will begin their journey from Oregon to Maryland.

Thank you for stopping by!


NickiLee said...

Happy?! I love it!! So much going on and I love all the movement - the jelly fish is so cute as is the seahorse - thank you! Thank you!!!
Nicki Lee

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Such a cute jellyfish - fantastic idea to use a button for his (her?) body. And I love all those teeny little fishies.

Christine Barnsley said...

Wow Renee! This is just gorgeous!! So much beautiful detail... it is lovely! :) xx

Anonymous said...

How could anyone not love it? I can't believe how perfectly the jellyfish goes on that center fabric. What an imagination you have. When I saw it, I thought that would be the hardest thing to decide what to stitch! I love the seahorse, too, so nicely stitched. A beautiful block!

Juli said...

Wow, you did spectacular work!

Laurie said...

So pretty, Renee. I especially loved the little jelly fish!

SuperMomNoCape said...

The details you added are nothing short of amazing! I'm tempted to go through my fabrics and see if I could come up with a background like the one Nicki made and then attempt my first crazy quilting piece, just so I can use that jelly fish idea!! And all the other ideas as well!

Shell - Little Orphan Stitch said...

Oh my! If Nicki Lee doesn't want can send it here! :) LOVE this block!

Scrapatches said...

Your crazy stitching and quilting is amazing! So much detail ... so wonderfully stitched ... :) Pat

SuperMomNoCape said...

Hello Renee... I hope you don't mind me popping back with a second comment but just today I started a Stitchery Link Party to showcase embroidery and all its many forms and variations. I'd love it if you'd come link up some of your posts. You do such lovely work!