The 1st motif completed on my January Crazy Quilt Journal Project (CQJP) block was the central heart applique.
This seam was inspired by a heart my friend, Cathy, created in Crazy Quilting International round robin in 2009.
First, I made a lattice grid (as described in the first part of this tutorial) with a strand of size 5 DMC #B5200 perle cotton. Tiny cross stitches made with a strand of EdMar Glory #083 rayon floss couched down the intersecting sections of the grid.
I wanted to cover the raw edges of the applique, so white pearl beads were then stitched around the heart. I sewed and secured each bead individually. To help keep the beads lined up, after stitching the 3rd bead, I brought the thread up behind the first bead and threaded it through all 3 beads and secured the thread behind the fabric. I added 2 more beads individually and then secured the next set of 3 and repeated the process.
The beaded shell chain stitch framed this central area. The seams were worked using small strips of waste canvas, size 5 DMC #B5200 perle cotton, a size 26 tapestry needle and clear white and clear pink size 10/0 Czech seed beads.
The camera could not quite capture the sparkle the beads added. They are lovely playing in the light.
The 2nd motif was a spider web. This was worked with size 12 DMC #B5200 perle cotton. I made 5 long straight stitches beginning in the upper-left-hand corner and extending to nearby seams.
Then, I wove 4 lines of the same floss over and under to create the spider's web. (If my plans for the block were going to be functional - like a purse, rather than for a wall hanging, I would stem stitched the web.)
A small straight stitch of the same thread created the piece of web for the spider to dangle from. Then a single strand of DMC white floss was used to attach a large pearl bead for the body and a small pearl bead for the head of the spider. The same strand of floss was used to make the legs.
For the 3rd motif, I simply tacked on a small ribbon flower I had in my stash, using a strand of white DMC floss.
CQJP is a personal challenge to create a crazy quilt block every month in 2017. You may learn more about the challenge here and see the work of others here.
Other posts related to this block include:
Piecing the Block
Seams 2 & 3
Seams 4 & 5
Seams 6 & 7
Seams 8 & 9
Seams 11 & 12
Seams 13 - 15
Photos of each seam and motif may be found on this Pinterest board.
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