Friday, July 15, 2016

CQJP 2016 February Block Finished with Motifs 7, 8 & 9

Living My Dream: CQJP 2016 February Block
Well... it is mid-July and I finally finished my CQJP 2016 February block. Better late than never, right?

I love many of the details, but do regret having the 2 hearts tilted in the same direction on this block. I think this one is a good argument for planning rather than winging it as I went.


Here is a picture of the bare 12 x 12-inch block.

I do love the way embroidery dresses things up!


Motif 7 was a fun one to create. I used the curve that looks like half a heart on one of Sharon B.'s Crazy Quilt Templates from Set 1 to trace the heart on the fabric.


Using size 12 black pearl cotton and a running stitch, I created the heart. I added a few extra stitches curving into the heart to make a little trail for this ladybug button I purchased at Sewn Loverly in Wilsonville, Oregon. 

I love the way it turned out!

(Please note: I am not affiliated with the templates, Pintangle or Sewn Loverly.)

Motif 8 used a different template from Sharon B.'s Set 1. I traced the medium sized tear shape (pictured in the upper-left part of this template) for the upper wings and the smaller tear shape for the bottom wings to make a butterfly.

Using size 8 red pearl cotton, I split stitched around the wings, and then filled them with long and short stitches.


Size 12 black pearl cotton and split stitches created the body. Two straight stitches topped with colonial knots made the antennae. Size 12 white pearl cotton and a running stitch created a flight path.


For Motif 9, size 8 red pearl cotton and 4 detached chain stitches created the butterfly. Size 12 white pearl cotton running stitches were used for this flight path, too.

Here are the January and February blocks together.

Now, to start on my March block...  


Thanks so much for stopping by!


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.

11 comments:

Anthea said...

Renee, I love these stitches! I love how you work them so even, each one the same... shows you are very skilled in keeping them so consistent! x

Createology said...

Hello Renee. Wow! Your photos show exactly how simple material is transformed by cutting and sewing them back together so you have lots of seams for embroidery. Your blocks are wonderful. It is nice to see how you use your templates to create shapes that aren't there. The heart with Ladybug is perfect. I am continuing to sew my French Knots...

Diana said...

Really nice Renee, looking at it I wondered if you added another heart in the top right block whether it would balance it more just a thought!

desertskyquilts said...

You have the white lace one the bottom that goes the other way. What about a red running stitch around it to bring it out a little, and then maybe a small one on the top of your flower on the bottom right that tilts the other way? Would you feel more balanced then? I love the block and I think my favorite thing is the running stitched heart with the little lady bug. I love your curvy seam treatments, though, and the way the spider looks like he's crawling out on that strand of silk ... and, and, and .... =)

Pamela said...

Very nice! Your stitching is lovely.

crazyQstitcher said...

Your work is so lovely and your use of only two colours is excellent.
I like the two hearts as they are quite different to each other.

Queeniepatch said...

You have used the templates to great success. It is such a beautiful block with lots to see.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I think this is a great block. I especially like the ladybug heart!

Renee said...

Diana, that's a great suggestion. :) If I did not want to keep the words on the fabric as the focal point in that section, I would probably do that!

Chitra Gangadharan said...

lovely blocks.great details of the stitches. you have worked them beautifully.

Renee said...

Thank you, Chitra!