I traced a wavy ruler I purchased from Creative Memories years ago for scrapbooking and then followed the curvy line with a feather stitch using single strand of size 8 DMC #320 pearl cotton.
The detached chain stitches were created with size 8 DMC #815 pearl cotton.
The 3rd seam was inspired by Doreen's beautiful example of the raised cross stitch flower stitch in the Facebook TAST group.
Using a single strand of size 5 DMC #367 pearl cotton floss, I worked a feather stitch down the seam.
On the outer feather stitches, I alternated between adding raised cross stitch flowers and detached chain stitch flower buds. These were created with size 5 DMC #321 pearl cotton floss.
Using the same green floss, I added a small straight stitch to the feather stitches in between. I love the way this seam turned out!
TAST 36: Linked Chain StitchThe 4th seam on my February block was created by tracing a vine from one of Sharon B.'s Crazy Quilt Templates Set 2.*
I followed the traced lines with the linked chain stitch, using size 8 DMC #125 pearl cotton.
Small flowers were added with clusters of 3 oyster stitches and a colonial knot using a strand of size 8 DMC #498 pearl cotton.
Leaves were then added, using the same variegated green floss and oyster stitches.
In case you are wondering...CQJP 2016 is a personal stitching challenge to complete a block a month. You may learn more about it here. If you are interested in joining next year, sign ups for CQJP generally open up in November and close in December.
TAST stands for Take a Stitch Tuesday. It is a personal stitching challenge offered by Sharon B. on Facebook and on her blog, pintangle.com. You may read more about it here. If you follow the TAST Facebook group, you know there are some incredibly inspiring examples of these stitches being shared. Anyone may join at any time during the challenge. Thank you, Sharon, for offering TAST!
Joyful Embellishments is a Facebook Group run by Valerie Bothell of The Pink Bunny: A Crazy Quilt Blog. Stiches are introduced Monday through Friday. You may see all of the stitches introduced last year here on her Pinterest board.
*I am not affiliated with Sharon B.'s Crazy Quilt Templates. I did receive a set to review and will say that I absolutely love using them!