Monday, 1 June 2015

CQJP Challenge 2015: May Finished Block

Good morning! As today is the first day of June (where is the year going to?) I thought I would share with you my finished May block for the CQJP Challenge 2015.  The CQJP Challenge is hosted by Kathy Shaw and, if you are at all interested in crazy quilting, I highly recommend a visit to the blog to have a look at all the beautiful blocks the participants have made. Just click on the link above or the button on the right hand side bar of my blog.



This was my base block for May and here is the finished block....



I like to try some new embellishments each time I make one of these blocks and this month I thought I would try adding a couched silk ribbon bow.  I was very pleased with the end result.



I also added some colonial knot running stitch roses in silk ribbon, with detached chain leaves....



a fern stitch vine, decorated with french knots, bullion stitches and detached chain stitches....



some silk ribbon embroidered butterflies....




some silk ribbon embroidered tulips....



and several seams made up of a combination of embroidery stitches....



I also added a few sequins, beads and tiny buttons along some of the seams.




I am fairly happy with the overall effect but I can't decide if I want to add a couple of charms and a few more beads.  I'll have to have a think about that.

As it is Monday, I am linking this post to the stitchery link up hosted by Super Mom No Cape.



34 comments:

  1. Your work is beautiful! I have a hard time figuring out how to embellish blocks with printed fabrics. You make it look so easy! Gorgeous work!

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    1. Thank you Renee! I love these fabrics so I thought I would used them to make a crazy quilt.... I had no idea how difficult it would be to embellish the prints!! There is always some unpicking! :) x

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  2. Your stitches are beautiful! I started taking one of Kathy's classes, but life got in the way and I didn't finish. Some day . . . .

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    1. Thank you Sunny! Kathy's classes are well worth doing if you ever get the chance another time! :) x

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  3. Your silk ribbon embellishments are really lovely, lucky you bought so much!!

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    1. Thank you Janet! I haven't even started using the new ones yet.... these are ones I already had! :) x

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  4. Wonderful stitcherys. I love it, but i am not very talented in filigree stitcherys. So wonderful details.

    Greetings from Germany
    Iris

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    1. Hello Iris, thank you for visiting me and for your lovely comment! I hope you will come back and visit again! :) x

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  5. Your block is so beautiful, Christine.

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    1. Thank you Christine! I always enjoy working on these blocks! :) x

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  6. Lovely block! I especially like the ribbon bow and the sweet little ribbon butterflies.

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    1. Thank you Mary Anne! I have to admit to being rather pleased with the ribbon bow! Crazy blocks are always such fun to work on! :) x

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  7. These are just beautiful! Makes me want to re-learn how to embroider!

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    1. Thank you Greg! They are great fun to work on.... you can really express your creativity with a crazy quilt block! Thank you for visiting! :) x

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  8. This is your best one yet! You have a real gift for this Christine. :)

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    1. Thank you Linda! You are always so kind with your comments. I do think my blocks are improving and I really enjoy working on them! :) x

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  9. What a pretty block! I love the butterflies! And your bow turned out great. Those two tiny bird fabrics add a really nice element to the block as well.

    Thanks for linking up again to this week's Stitchery Link Party and for linking back. Aloha hugs!

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    1. Hello Sue! Thank you! I really do enjoy creating these blocks and I was very pleased with the butterflies and bow! :) x

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  10. The block looks so nice with the stitchery on it, and I like the detail photos a lot!
    KATRIN W.

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    1. Thank you Katrin! I am really enjoying making these crazy quilt blocks.... I love embellishing them! :) x

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  11. How gorgeous! LOVE the butterflies!

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    1. Thank you! I really like embroidering the butterflies! :) x

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  12. Hi Christine, such pretty work - I am doing a bit of crazy at the moment too - just love your butterflies, beautiful work.

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    1. Hello Sheryl! Thank you! I am so enjoying working on these crazy quilt blocks.... such fun! :) x

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  13. Lovely! Your stitching just makes your blocks come to life....if I ever get caught up on my current projects, you have inspired me to attempt these classes! Thank you!

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    1. Thank you Jill! I do hope that you try the classes, they are really a lot of fun and you learn so much! :) x

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  14. Wow--it's all so beautiful! I especially love the couched ribbon--very pretty!

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    1. Thank you Karen! I have to admit I was really pleased with the couched ribbon.... I will be using that again! :) x

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  15. Beautiful work Christine, I really love seeing your blocks.

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    1. Thank you Brenda! I really liked your block too. They are such fun to make and the embellishment really gives you a sense of creative achievement! Hope you are settling to life in Italy! :) x

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  16. Your block is just beautiful , lovely job of the embroidery , I love all the extra embellishments you added .

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    1. Thank you Sheila! I love embellishing these blocks! :) x

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  17. Your embroidery is so beautiful. I know that some of those stitches are fairly easy, but I can imagine that the butterfly and tulips are somewhat challenging.

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    1. Thank you for visiting me Cathie and for leaving such a lovely comment. I am fairly new to silk ribbon embroidery but it is improving each time.... the key seems to be to keep the ribbon untwisted! :) x

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