Monday, March 20, 2017

CQI UTS RR #2 - My Block Completed!


This weekend, I finished embellishing the final block from the set of blocks I created for my second Crazy Quilting International Under the Sea Round Robin (CQI UTS RR.) 

This was the set of bare blocks I created in August of 2015. My plans were to create 2 wall quilts with the embellished blocks.

My blocks returned home in March of 2016. (You may see that post here.)

When I put my list together for the UFO Challenge 2017 offered by allpeoplequilt.com, the top set of blocks in the photo above was #12 on the list. 

In March, #12 was announced as the project of the month. 

This is how the set looked at the beginning of this month.

I think my first attempt at an island was successful. 

The land was outlined with a split stitch and filled with a satin stitch. Stem stitches created the trees.

This is something I have wanted to try since Sandra Todd added an island to this block that she embellished in my previous CQI UTS RR. Isn't it fabulous?!

To match the other 2 blocks in this set, I had to step out of my comfort zone. Adding trims and clusters of beads/buttons is a real challenge for me.
Here, I added several beads, embroidery, trims and a fun lobster button. I believe the trims were a gift from Mary at Crazy Quilting in Texas with Mary K. Beard. The lobster was a gift from Gina at Quilts and Cakes.

More embroidery, trims and beads were added here.

The lace was a gift from Barbara Nicki Lee Seavey of Raviolee Dreams. (I am not affiliated with her shop.)




This is how the blocks look side-by-side. 

The first block was embellished by Annette of Welcome to Annette's World. (I am not affiliated, but she sells cotton and silk fabric prints of her artwork in her Etsy shop.)

The second block was embellished by Mary. (I shared a link to her blog earlier in this post.)

Now, I need to sew the wall quilt together by the end of the month. The beads and charms are much closer to the seamline than I am accustomed to, so I may practicing a whipped stitch to sew this one together. (Challenging myself allows me to learn more - I love it!)

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Renee

NOTES:
1. Crazy Quilting International is a group that meets on Facebook.
2. This block was shared on Instagram this weekend, as seen here.
3. I sometimes share sneak peeks on my Facebook page, here.
4. This block may be found on this Pinterest board.

It is Monday, so I am joining Stitchery Link Party #102 at Super Mom - No Cape. The free embroidery pattern this week is a basket of Wild Roses. There is also a giveaway celebrating 100 weeks of Stitchery Link Parties and the blog's 9 year anniversary. You may join the party and/or learn more here.




Wednesday, March 15, 2017

TAST 76



I am still playing catch up from my Internet issues earlier this week, and pretending it is Tuesday for my TAST post.

TAST 76: Whipped Chain Stitch

I traced curvy lines from Sharon B.'s Crazy Quilt Templates Sets 1 & 2 onto the back of my block for these underwater flower vines/stems.  (I am not affiliated with the templates, but did receive them to review and love working with them.)

The chain stitches were worked with size 8 DMC perle cotton #954. 

Size 8 DMC perle cotton #125 was whipped around the chain stitches.

Flowers were created with 5 rice bead petals and a small pearl bead in the center.

These were so fun to make, I plan to add them to another block soon!



The link in the TAST title above will take you to the tutorial for 2 versions of the whipped chain stitch. I worked the 2nd version on this block in January of 2016. You may see more photos here.

TAST stands for Take a Stitch Tuesday, a personal stitching challenge offered by Sharon B. at Pintangle.com. You may learn more about it here and find the TAST Facebook group here.

To celebrate 10 years of TAST, Sharon B. is sharing a series of interviews with TAST participants. On March 9th, she posted an interview with Maureen of CrazyQStitcher. I fell in love with Maureen's work in 2014 with the gorgeous bird blocks she created for the Crazy Quilt Journal Project (CQJP). You may find the interview here and see Maureen's CQJP 2014 blocks here



A few fun notes that may be of interest:


1. Sharon Boggon's new book, The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results, will be released in August. It is available for pre-sale at Amazon, and for the moment it is at a reduced price. (I am not affiliated with the book, but do receive a small credit from Amazon if you visit through my blog and make a purchase.) You may find it here.

2. There is a giveaway for the Spring Flowers Collection of floss at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe. (I have no affiliation.) You may learn more here

3. Pamela Kellogg of Kitty and Me Designs will be making cross stitch designs for Kreinik and she offered a free St. Patrick's Day pattern you may find here.

4. I have 3 pieces embellished and ready to sew into projects for my currently empty Etsy shop. Once they are aded to the shop, I will announce it on my Hand Stitched Treasure Facebook page.

Thank you for stopping by!
Renee


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Twilight Duel Update #18 - March 2017

Today, I am pretending it is still the 2nd Monday of the month. 

We had Internet issues for a couple of days, so yesterday I was unable to share this update on the Heaven and Earth Designs Twilight Duel cross-stitch I am working on for my youngest son. He fell in love with Ruth Thompson's dragons when he saw this chart. At my current rate of progress, it should be finished by March of 2020. (I did warn him it would be about a 5-year project!)

As mentioned last month, I am working on page 13 for a challenge with the New Official Heaven and Earth Designs Group on Facebook. I took the piece off of the frame for a photo at the end of February and have not worked on it since. 

To complete the challenge, I need to add about 190 stitches a day. There is a lot going on this month, so that may not happen.

I did decide to reward myself though. Every time I finish a 10x10 grid on the chart of page 13, I add a thread to fill in a bit of page 7 (to the blank area left of page 13.)

Can you see the beginnings of the talon that appeared last month?! I was thrilled to see it emerge. And this piece is SO close to being 25% complete!

Percent Complete

Project: 24.69%     (It was 23.79%)
Pages 1 & 2: 100%
Page 3: 18.94%
Page 4: 100%
Page 5: 1.83%
Page 6: 0%
Page 7: 13.66%     (It was 11.08%)
Page 8: 100%
Page 9: 2.73%
Page 10: 0.25%
Page 11: 0%
Page 12: 0%
Page 13: 40.87%   (It was 26.08%)
Page 14: 3.62%     (It was 3.44%)

I am linking with the Monday Stitchery Link Party #101 at Super Mom - No Cape! I do hope you will visit to see the beautiful free vintage rose embroidery pattern and to see what others have been working on. There is a giveaway celebrating last week's 100th Stitchery Link Party and celebrating the blog's 9th year, I do hope you will check it out.


Thank you for stopping by!
Renee






Saturday, March 11, 2017

CQJP 2017 February Block Motif 1





My CQJP 2017 February block was pieced last month.

I pieced the CQJP 2017 March block at the same time.

Both blocks will be used as pockets on tote bags. One will be donated for an auction next month and the other will be added to my (currently empty) Etsy shop inventory.

For the first motif on the February block, I traced a reverse image of a seahorse on the muslin backing of the block. 

Next, I followed the traced lines with a split stitch and used a satin stitch to complete the seahorse. (I like using the split stitch to give a cleaner edge to the satin stitches.)

Stomach area: 1 strand of DMC #4040.
Body: 1 strand of Waterlilies by Caron #207 Bermuda Reef (I think I fell in love with using silk embroidery floss!)
Eye: 1 strand of DMC #310
Center of eye: straight stitch of size 12 DMC perle cotton #B5200 floss.

It may be difficult to see, but here is a sneak peek at the 2nd motif. I will be using the octopus from the Stitcher's Revolution SR10 Sailor's Delight Iron-On Transfer set.

The last time I embroidered an octopus, it took me about 10 hours. I am hoping to be a little faster this time. You may see the octopus added to Sandy's block in a round robin here

I usually embellish the seams and then begin adding motifs to my crazy quilt blocks. To make sure the seams will not interfere with the motifs I want to add, I am working the motifs first.

Related blog posts:
Seahorse Tutorial (I used Seahorse 1 Sketch for this piece.)
CQJP 2017 January Block

The Pinterest board documenting my CQJP 2017 project may be found here.

I sometimes share sneak peeks on my Instagram account and on my Hand Stitched Treasure Facebook Page.

CQJP stands for Crazy Quilt Journal Project. It is a personal challenge to complete one crazy quilt block a month measuring a minimum of 8-inches by 8-inches. You may learn more about the rules here and see the blocks that have been completed this year here.

Thank you for stopping by!
Renee


Friday, March 10, 2017

InCoWriMo 2017 in Review

Disclaimer: This post includes a couple of links to Amazon. I am not affiliated with the products. However, my blog is affiliated with Amazon. If you visit Amazon from my blog and make a purchase, I do earn a small credit.


In a post on January 31st, I shared my plans to participate in InCoWriMo 2017 (INternational COrrespondence WRIting MOnth.)

The goal was to mail or deliver one hand-written letter, note or postcard every day in the month of February. Although I did not write every single day, I did manage to mail or hand deliver 28 items (postcards, letters, and a giant posterboard Valentine) by February 28th. 

Throughout the month, I shared photos of my outgoing mail on my Instagram account. (You may find it here.) Now that everything has been received, I thought I would share my first InCoWriMo experience. (It is a photo heavy post!)

Day 1: Crazy Quilted Valentine for the Crazy Quilting International Valentine Fabric Postcard Swap went to New York. (There are more pics on this blog post.)

Day 2: Embroidered "snail mail" fabric postcard mailed to my Mom in Oregon. (More information may be found here.)

Day 3: A letter with a hilarious package of gum went to a relative in South Carolina. The gum cost less than the shipping price, but it was worth the laugh. (I purchased the gum at a candy store in Lincoln City, OR. However, I did find it on Amazon (for a higher price) - if you are interested in reading the text on the back, you may find it here.)

Days 4: I mailed this funny card to a relative in South Carolina with a sense of humor that fit the card. (I'm not affiliated. It made me laugh!) 

Day 5: I mailed a letter in the top envelope to a friend in Oregon. (I made the envelope with a piece of scrapbook paper and a Kreate-a-Lope C6 Envelope Template.)

Day 6: A "thinking of you" card went to a dear family friend in an Oregon coastal town.

Days 7-9: InCoWriMo "snail mail" fabric postcards went to Kansas, Canada, and California. (I shared a tutorial of how these were made here.)

Day 10: A birthday card was mailed to a young man in Oregon. (One of my dearest friends had him on my birthday years ago. What an amazing birthday gift!)

Day 11: A birthday card was mailed to a relative in South Carolina.

(I was thrilled to find these Happy Birthday stamps in a drawer.)

Days 12 & 13: My friend is a photographer (Lori Norton Photography) and for Christmas, she gave my husband and I a set of gorgeous note cards featuring her work. I practiced some caligraphy (using actual ink and nibs) on notes to two dear friends. One went to Arizona and the other to Canada.

Day 14: I stole this idea from a college roommate the year my husband and I met. I wrote him a Valentine on posterboard and incorporated the names of candy bars into the text. He barely looked at it when I gave it to him. A couple of years ago, he commented it was probably the coolest Valentine he had ever received - and to think for over 20 years I thought he hadn't liked it! It appears I did manage to embarrass him that first Valentine's Day. Oops! So, I made him another posterboard candy Valentine this year. Over 20 years later, I think I embarrassed him again - lol! (Someone on Instagram asked if there was a Pulp Fiction reference here. Nope! I just worked the candy into the letter.)

Days 15 - 21: Postcards of Silver Falls State Park went to Oregon, Arizona, and The Netherlands. A postcard of the Boeing Factory in Everette, Washington went to The Netherlands. And a Dilbert card and a funny postcard both went to South Carolina.

Day 22: I mailed a thank you card to Veronica after receiving this amazing birthday card she drew for me. She is SO incredibly talented!

Day 23: A "thinking of you" card went to a coastal town in Oregon. 

Day 24: A funny postcard went to a relative in SC.

Day 25: A baby arrival card went to a friend in Oregon that just had her 2nd child.

Day 26: A thank you letter went to my mom in Oregon in another hand made envelope.

Day 27: A crazy quilted under-the-sea themed fabric postcard went to a blogging friend in California that offered to write me during InCoWriMo.

Day 28: I printed a copy of the under-the-sea themed fabric postcard onto a notecard, adding the text "InCoWriMo 2017", and mailed it to North Carolina.

Where my InCoWriMo outgoing mail went:
Arizona - 2
California - 2 
Kansas - 1 
New York - 1
North Carolina - 1 
Oregon - 11 
South Carolina - 6
Canada - 2
The Netherlands - 2

I received mail from:
Arizona
California
Kansas
Oregon
Pennsylvania
The Netherlands

2 of the items I received were through InCoWriMo. 1 was through a swap and the other 3 were surprises. 4 of these items were shared in this post. One was shared on Day 22, above. And I am awaiting permission to share the last postcard I received. It is a beautiful print of a painting made by a blogging friend.  (I still need to reply to that one!)

InCoWriMo was a very fun experience. I am not very good about keeping in touch through letters and phone calls, so it was a great opportunity to send some happy mail to people in my life. I look forward to participating again in 2018!

Thank you so much for stopping by and making it through such a looooonnnnnnnnggggggggg post!
-Renee

Monday, March 6, 2017

QS Red Hearts Update - March 2017

It is the first Monday of March - time for an update on my Heaven and Earth Designs QS Red Hearts based on artwork by Ching-Chou Kuik.  

The photo to the left shows my progress through February 4, 2017.
This photo shows how it looks now. I added 915 stitches this month, which put me over 20,000 stitches!

The project is 43.84% complete. 

Pages 1-3: 100% complete.
Page 4: 23.04% complete.    
Page 5: 7.11% complete.      
Page 6: 7.26% complete.


I am linking with the Monday Stitchery Link Party #100 at Super Mom - No Cape. I hope you will stop by to see the free embroidery pattern offered this week and to see what others have shared. If you do any hand embroidery and have a blog, I encourage you to join the party! There will be giveaways this month, too.






Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March 2017


And to think I thought January went by fast! Of course, February was a short month... It was also a busy one. I managed to finish about half of my goals for the month.

Review of February Goals:

1. InCoWriMo - Although I did not write every day, I did mail out 27 hand written letters or postcards and hand delivered one hand written Valentine. So, I finished 28 letters in 28 days! I will share a post soon. I want to thank those of you that agreed to exchange letters this month. If you have not received your reply, it is in the mail!

2. Finish CQJP 2017 January block. Done! You may see the final post here.

3. Piece and Embellish CQJP 2017 February block. It is pieced... (March is pieced, too!)

4. Add 2 items to my Etsy shop. Not quite. I have 2 near finishes. 

5. In February, the UFO Challenge 2017 item selected was #8. For me, that meant finishing my Winter/Christmas Round Robin Wall Quilt. I did not make it very far; however, I did have fun using some of the seam treatments my friend at Magpie's Mumblings shared here, here, here. I will keep working on it as time allows.

6. Continue working on a gift for my friend's daughter. - I did make some progress!

7. If time allows, make progress on my CQJP 2016 March block. - I finished one seam. You may see the blog post here.

8. Complete and mail CQI Valentine Fabric Postcard. Done - you may find the post here.





March Goals:

1. Number 12 was drawn for the UFO Challenge 2017. #12 on my list is this set of 3 blocks from my 2nd Crazy Quilting International Under the Sea Round Robin. I need to embellish one block and sew together a wall quilt. (You may see my blog post sharing these blocks here.)

2. Embellish CQJP 2017 February block.

3. Embellish CQJp 2017 March block.

4. Add 4 items to my Etsy shop.

5. Finish gifts for my friend's daughter.

6. If time allows, make progress on my CQJP 2016 March block.

Top 5 Viewed Posts in February

1. Completed CQJP 2017 January Block - here
2. 2017 CQI Valentine Postcard Swap - here
3. CQJP 2017 January Seams 11 & 12 - here
4. CQJP 2016 March Block Seam 3 - here
5. February 2017 & Blog Name Change - here

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you all have a fantastic March. 
Renee