Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Time for May's CQJP Block!

It is time to starting thinking about my CQJP Block for May.



Here is the base block I will be working with.




Now I just have to decide on the stitches to add and, practice them before adding them to the block.



I find printing out a photograph of the block and drawing in the stitches along the seams helpful. This is my scribbled plan for last month's block.



Then I audition some threads and the silk ribbons. Usually some beads too.



I love deciding which ones to use! Looking forward to getting started! 

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  1. Liebe Christine,
    welch schöne Stiche und auch Dein Block ist sehr schön. Da bin ich sehr gespannt auf deine Umsetzung. Viel Spaß dabei.
    Liebe Grüße
    Monika

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    1. Thank you Monika! I am looking forward to getting started!! :) x

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  2. I had no idea you practiced your stitches! Planning is part of the joy of your projects - right? :)

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    1. Hello Linda! Yes, I love the planning part and generally I only practice the stitches if they are either new or I haven't used them in a while! I like to get them right first time on the actual block! :) x

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  3. Fun to read about your approach to working your blocks. Me? I'm a jump in and hope for the best person!!

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    1. Hello Mary Anne, it is interesting how we all approach things differently... that is what makes life fun! :) x

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  4. Drawing the design on the photograph is such a good idea, I am going to steal that idea for myself. Thank you

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    1. Hello Brenda! I just find it helps me decide which stitch is going to look best where! Glad I have given you a helpful tip! Hope you are settling in! :) x

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  5. Love the way you plan - do you use a frixion pen for the drawing - or do you only draw on the photograph and not the material at all? We went off frixion pens on white and cream as we found they still left a mark which could be seen later.

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    1. Thank you! I only plan on the drawing and then usually mark a couple of dots here and there to keep the stitches a consistent size. I haven't summoned up the courage to use a frixion pen... it just upsets me to mark a quilt block with black pen marks, even if they are supposed to iron out... I use an air erasable pen but sometimes even they don't disappear completely! :) x

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  6. Starting a new patch is always exciting. I find choosing fabric and thread often takes me the longest time. I know you will turn the few selections into another beauty and I look forward to seeing it and all the little touches.

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    1. Thank you Amanda! I love the planning stage of a project almost as much as the stitching and it does take up quite a bit of time! Looking forward to getting started on this block!

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  7. That is going to be so cute with the little blue birds! Your idea to print out the block and sketch in the stitches is brilliant!

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    1. Thank you Karen! I love these fabrics but it can sometimes be difficult to know which stitches to decorate them with. I find sketching out the planned stitches helps! :) x

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