Thursday, 23 April 2015

CQJP Challenge 2015: Finished April Block

Hello! Today I would like to share with you my finished April block for the CQJP Challenge 2015. The challenge is run by the wonderful Kathy Shaw and I am having a great deal of fun designing, piecing and then embellishing the blocks.



You may recall that my pieced starting block for April included some 'fans' pieced onto a base piece of fabric. A few seam embellishments later and the block looks like this....


I am really pleased with this block... I think it is my favourite so far but, I think that every time I finish a new block!  Here are some closer photographs of the embellishment and seam treatments.


A pretty silk ribbon flower in each corner.


A feather stitch branch decorated with silk ribbon lazy daisy stitches, colonial knots and some short bugle beads in the centre.


The fan edge seams were covered using ric rac.  The blue held in place with colonial knots and the cream with a zigzag chain stitch.


The individual blade seam treatments include:


Stem stitch with lazy daisy leaves and beads.


Zigzag blanket stitch combined with fly stitch.


Double herringbone stitch combined with straight stitch.


Double feather stitch combined with colonial knots and lazy daisy stitches.


Finally, here are the four blocks I have completed to date. I am pleased with how things are going and I think the finished quilt is going to look pretty!


24 comments:

  1. Very lovely, So many different stitches! It is going to look fab when everything is put together xx

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    1. Thank you Janet! I think it will look nice and it is interesting for me to see the improvement in my blocks as the year progresses! :) x

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  2. Christine, the latest block looks fabulous, the whole quilt is going to be great. I assume it will be a wall hanging?

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    1. Thank you Brenda! Yes, I will make it into a wall hanging. It won't be up to much laundering so better that it isn't something more practical. Hope you are enjoying Italy! :) x

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    1. Thank you Kathy! I do think they are improving each time! I can tell you how much I enjoyed your online classes! :) x

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  4. Your handiwork is so creative! I love what you did to the rick-rack, but all of it is gorgeous.

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    1. Thank you Linda! I am so glad I tried crazy quilting it seems to bring together all the elements of quilting that I really enjoy! :) x

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  5. Your stitching is just beautiful, Christine.

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    1. Thank you Christine! I was really pleased with this block! :) x

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  6. I tried. Really I did. I tried to pick a favourite and I can't. They are all so pretty! Each one is so different in design and yet they 'go together' so perfectly.

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    1. Thank you Mary Anne! My favourite is always the one I have just finished but I do love them all.... I can't wait to put them together as a quilt! Have a lovely weekend! :) x

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    1. Thank you Jackie! I feel really pleased with this block! :) x

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  8. Liebe Christine,
    ich liebe deine wunderschönen Stickereien, sie sind immer so geschmackvoll ♥
    Liebe Grüße
    Steffi

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    1. Thank you Steffi! I was particularly pleased with this block! Enjoy your weekend! :) x

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  9. All your blocks are beautiful but I think you're right... this one is the prettiest. I especially like how you attached the white ricrac and that you used a combination of floss for the branches and ribbon for the tiny flowers.

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    1. Thank you! I am really enjoying my crazy quilt learning curve! :) x

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  10. Wow! Love the ribbon embroidery - so amazing. Love the first photo and then the next showing how much work you have done to enhance it - love it!

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    1. Thank you! I do think I am improving each time I make a block and so far this is my favourite! Have a lovely week! :) x

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  11. Oh my goodness, Christine! This is gorgeous! Beautiful, beautiful work! I love the vine of flowers along the center and your seam work is gorgeous!

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    1. Hello Renee! Thank you so much... it always means a lot when you like one of my crazy quilt blocks as your own stitching is so fabulous! :) x

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    2. You are just too sweet. Your stitching is gorgeous! (((Hugs)))

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