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, 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!

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.


Katie said...

Oh no another Under the Sea post. Just LOVE it. They look perfect together. Love your island. Turned out fantastic indeed. Great job stepping out of your comfort zone. Turned out perfect if you ask me.

Gina said...

It all looks fabulous. I'm glad you are making use of the bits and bobs I sent over xx

crazyQstitcher said...

Hi Renee, your island embroidery is fantastic! I like your clever use of the lace flower for a seashell too. The trio of blocks are perfect together.

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Catherine said...

I really love this block! Your island is fantastic. I love all your embellishments- so very clever.

Christine B. said...

Beautiful stitching Renee... I just love your island and I can't wait to see how the quilt comes together! Christine x

Queeniepatch said...

GREAT work, and so quick. The three bocks are fantastic together!

gocrazywithme said...

These look great together, Rene! I always have a challenge just finishing that last block, let alone getting them to look like they go together! Well done!

Jo said...

Your blockslook amazing. Very inspirational.

Tiffstitch said...

Beautiful finish!

Anonymous said...

Your block couldn't be more perfect to fit with the other two. That octopus is fabulous, and all the embellishment makes the blocks look like they are of a piece.

Angela said...

Your stitching is so gorgeous!

Createology said...

These blocks are fabulous and I really believe I am looking at the sea and imagining my husband scuba diving. I would not be in the water but on that Palm Tree Island. Love every detail and especially the octopus who commands this ocean. Creative CQ Bliss abounds...<3

Renee said...

Catherine, thank you for the sweet commment! I can honestly say my work on this block was inspired by Mary, Annette and Sandra. :)

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Your island looks amazing...the perfect touch. Can't wait to see this project put together because it already looks fabulous!