Monday, February 20, 2017

Completed CQJP 2017 January Block

CQJP 2017 January Block

My January block for the Crazy Quilt Journal Project (CQJP) 2017 is finally finished! Wow is it PINK!?!

You may remember, I planned to add more to Seam 1 and to add silk ribbon leaves to Seam 12. 

For Seam 1, 3 straight stitches were added with size 12 DMC #699 perle cotton and cross-stitches were added with size 8 DMC #605 perle cotton.

For Seam 12, River Silks #43 silk ribbon was used to make ribbon stitched leaves that I tacked down with a strand of DMC #704 floss.

Motif 4 is a Bliss Beads Sterling Silver Plated Love Charm attached with clear quilting thread.

Motif 5 was a fun one. (It has been too long since I played with silk ribbon embroidery!)
Using a strand of DMC 818 floss, I created 3 sets of 5 spokes. River Silks #18 silk ribbon was woven between the spokes to make spiderweb silk ribbon roses. Next, River Silks #65 silk ribbon was used to create ribbon stitched leaves that were tacked in place with a strand of DMC #369 floss. Little feather stitches with a strand of size 8 DMC #954 perle cotton filled in the motif. And I added a few size 10/0 hot pink seed beads with a strand of DMC #604 floss.

Motif 6 was a simple butterfly created with size 12 DMC #B5200 perle cotton. 

The wings are 4 detached chain stitches, the body is a straight stitch and the antennae are 2 pistil stitches. A running stitch created the flight path.

Motif 7 is a bullion stitched rose. First, I attached 3 clear pink size 10/0 Czech beads in the center with a strand of DMC #818 floss. Next, I added bullion knots in a circular motion, with each round being larger than the last, using size 8 Anchor #01201 variegated pink perle cotton. 4 leaves were added using fly stitches made with size 8 DMC #954 perle cotton floss. 

I loved being able to plan this block in my bullet journal and being able to record how I created each seam and motif. (Note: I did not create each seam and motif in the same order they were numbered in my bullet journal, so on the next page, I kept records correlating to the numbers assigned to each step here on my blog.)

Not every addition matched the original plan, but the plan was definitely helpful!

CQJP stands for Crazy Quilt Journal Project. It is a personal challenge to create a crazy quilt block each month in 2017 that measures at least 8x8-inches. You may learn more about the rules here and see the blocks that have been completed this year here

Other posts related to this block include:

Every step of my CQJP 2017 project is being saved to this board on Pinterest.

Sneak peeks of my projects are sometimes shared on my Instagram account, here, and on my Facebook page, here.

This post is linked to the Monday Stitchery Link Party #98 at Super Mom - No Cape. If you do hand embroidery of any form and have a blog, I encourage you to join the fun!


Katie said...

Wow that turned out gorgeous!! Great job.

Christine B said...

What a stunning block this is Renee! Love the gorgeous fabrics you have used and the seam treatments and motifs are fabulous! Christine x

Anonymous said...

Wow, it looks fabulous all finished! And you have 8 more days to go!

Createology said...

Renee your finished block is very Pink and very Pretty. The black center anchors it all nicely. Love seeing your bullet journal with such great notes and designs. Creative CQ Bliss...<3 XO

Queeniepatch said...

You have worked hard on this very pink block. The completed work is great. So many details to look at, and your stitches are as always neat.

Tiffstitch said...

Beautiful finish!

Annet said...

Wow, this block is gorgeous, love the heart!

Renee said...

Thank you, Annet!

crazyQstitcher said...

Beautifully simple in all details and yet shouts to be admired. Love it.

Babs said...

Lovely block and all those little embelishments, super nice

Wendy said...

Beautiful block! I am still working on my January block.

Brigitte said...

Adorable, Renee. All these little details on the block are just awesome.

SuperMomNoCape said...

There is just so much beauty in this block! And all the little details are just amazing.

Thanks for much for linking up to last week's Stitchery Link Party and for the link back. Aloha hugs!

Renee said...

Thank you, Babs! :)

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I have learned the value of keeping notes of stitches I use because I know sometimes I might want to repeat them on another project. Including them in blog posts helps keep them in one place and easily referenced. Your block turned out amazing!