Friday, 10 April 2015

CQJP Challenge 2015: April Block

This morning I would like to share with you the base block I have made ready to embellish for my April CQJP Challenge 2015 block.  The challenge is hosted and run by Kathy Shaw and each month everyone participating pieces a new block to embellish.
  
Original base block for March CQJP Challenge

Last month I showed you this block (above) which I had made and which I was going to embellish as my block for March.  However, you will recall, I ended up piecing and embellishing a different block (shown below).


Actual base block for March CQJP Challenge
Actual block for March CQJP Challenge (Embellished)

In the mean time, I decided that I wasn't entirely happy with the balance of the original block that I had made for March (and will now use at a later date).  The white fabric triangle to the bottom left seemed to dominate the block too much.  As a result, I have added an extra piece of fabric to that corner and the new base block now looks like this.




I am happier with the balance of the block now but, I have decided that I will save it to use later in the year for another of the CQPJ Challenge blocks as, I have also made a different style of block which I am keen to embellish for April.  It is made up of two 'fans' of fabric and I can't wait to get started on the embellishment.


Base block for April CQJP Challenge 2015

I hope to work on it over the weekend.

To finish this post, I just have to say a very  H-A-P-P-Y   B-I-R-T-H-D-A-Y   to my cute little furry companions who are seven years old today..... 

Poppy and Dexter

Dexter and Poppy

I am afraid they look a bit scruffy in these photos but we had just come in from a run in the park and the grass was wet! 

Wishing you all a lovely weekend full of creativity! 

16 comments:

  1. Altering the corner completely changed the block. Looking forward to your April entry!

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    1. Thank you Shirlee! It is incredible how a small piece of extra fabric can make such a difference isn't it?! Have a lovely weekend! :) x

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  2. Your March block turned out lovely! The fabric you added to the original block you were going to make really did help balance it out. (I must admit, I did not notice how large the white section was until I read you were unhappy with how unbalanced the block was. On a second glance, I immediately understood.) I do look forward to seeing how you embellish your fans! I have only done one fan block and loved it. Enjoy!

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    1. Thank you Renee! I am much happier with the block now... it is amazing how much difference on small addition can make! :) x

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  3. I rather like the look of the fan blocks. It is amazing how much the embellishment changes it.
    Happy Birthday to Poppy and Dexter - I can't believe they are 7!!

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    1. Thank you Janet! I can't believe it either... I still think of them as puppy dogs! :) xx

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  4. Very happy doggie-barkday wishes to Poppy and Dexter!! Your blocks look wonderful and I think you did the right thing with that corner on the block you weren't happy with.

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    1. Thank you Mary Anne! I am really much happier with how the block looks now. Poppy and Dexter have had a very happy day! Hope you have a lovely weekend! :) x

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  5. Your blocks look beautiful Christine, clever girl. Your little puppies are so cute.

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    1. Thank you Leanne! I am really enjoying learning the crazy quilting techniques! Have a lovely weekend! :) x

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  6. Love the final March block! It makes such a difference making the big white triangle smaller. What gorgeous dog Poppy and Dexter are!

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    1. Thank you! It is amazing how much difference a small addition of fabric can make to the overall look of a block! Have a lovely weekend! :) x

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  7. I can't wait to see what you stitch on the fans--your crazy quilting is so beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Karen! I am really looking forward to getting started on the block.... I love the embellishing! :) x

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  8. Liebe Christine,
    dein März Block ist wie immer wunderschön geworden, ich freue mich schon jetzt auf deine nächsten Stickereien! Herzlichen Glückwunsch auch an deine beiden Hunde, die beiden sehen auch richtig treu und niedlich aus!
    Liebe Grüße
    Steffi

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    1. Thank you Steffi! I am really looking forward to embellishing my block for April. My dogs are really loyal and great company.... I wouldn't be without them! :) x

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