Sunday, 16 August 2015

CQJP Challenge 2015: Finished July Block

After a busy week with lots of visitors, the house is quiet for a few days and it is nice just to have my own company for a while.  At the beginning of last week, I showed you the base block that I had ready to embellish for my July CQJP Challenge 2015 block. This is how it looked.....


Well, in between lots of activity, I managed to stitch a little here and there and this is how my finished block looks....


I am really pleased with it and I have used lots of the different techniques that I have been learning from Kathy Shaw's fabulous online classes.




From the ICQC 103 Class: Basic Surface Embroidery Motifs, I added a tree, an embroidered beehive and a monogram ('G' for garden!)  My motifs are not exactly the same as those that are stitched as part of the class but, are inspired by them.  In her classes, Kathy always encourages you to interpret your own ideas and then offers constructive advice on them.



ICQC 107: Miniature Silk Ribbon Flower Garden: is where I learned to embroider fly stitch leaves and revisited silk ribbon embroidered irises (the irises are also taught in the BCQC along with many ideas for decorating the seams)


I you are interested in taking any of Kathy's classes, you can find a list of the next registration dates here.


If you are looking for more inspiration for your own crazy quilt blocks, then I can highly recommend the Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine written by Pam Kellogg.  I am not affiliated to the magazine but I have just received my Autumn copy and I am really enjoying it! 


I am hoping to have plenty of time to sew this week, so should have lots to share with you soon! 

I am linking this post to the latest stitchery link up at Super Mom - No Cape! Pop and have a peep at what everyone has been stitching! 


48 comments:

  1. I'm constantly amazed at how gorgeous your crazy blocks turn out. I'm in love with the beehive! Are those button on your tree? So pretty.
    I hope you enjoy your quieter time this week! :)

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    1. Thank you Linda! I love the way these blocks come together... I always start and doubt that I am going to like the block and then they gradually balance out and finish off much better than I think they are going to. They are sequins on the tree the smaller ones have seed beads in the centre. :) x

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  2. So beautiful! I love this tree very much and also the fabrics you used. Veery nice!
    Hugs, martina

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    1. Thank you Martina! I was really pleased with how the tree turned out! :) x

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  3. I like the tree too! It is nice to have some time to yourself to get some sewing done. I hope you enjoy it!

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    1. Thank you Janet! I was really pleased with the tree and I am really enjoying my 'quiet' time! :) x

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  4. I love the bees and the beehive or is it a skep? Never sure but love them anyway x

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    1. Thank you Ali! I think you are right and it may be a bee skep but I am not sure what the difference is. Anyway, it was fun to stitch! :) x

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  5. Welch toller Crazy Block ist da entstanden. Ich liebe Bäume und der ist toll geworden.
    Liebe Grüße
    Monika

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    1. Thank you Monika! I was very pleased with the tree and the overall feel of the block! :) x

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  6. Oh i love Crazy Patchwork !! It`s all loocking gorgeous !! Have fun with your projekt ! I wish you a nice creative week

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    1. Thank you! I am having fun working on these blocks! Looking forward to a lot more stitching during the week! :) x

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  7. I love that you have your own interpretation of Kathy's block, its unique and you work is fantastic. Love the beehive and your embroidery on the letter G - keep going we all love seeing your next blocks.

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    1. Thank you Dawn! I think I have really caught the crazy quilt bug..... I love working on these blocks! Will try to keep up the good work! ;) x

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  8. Hello my lovely friend, well your block is absolutely stunning. Your embroidery skills are amazing. I can't wait to see all your blocks together.

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    1. Hello Leanne! Thank you! I am also looking forward to the end of the year when I can piece these blocks together into a quilt! :) x

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  9. Amazing! Love the sequined tree and the super little bee hive - so cute!

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    1. Thank you! I was really pleased with the tree and the little bees! :) x

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  10. Love the little buttons on the tree, you are doing beauty full work...

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    1. Thank you Doti! I am enjoying working on these blocks! :) x

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  11. Wow! Your block is just beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Laura! I really enjoyed stitching this block! :) x

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  12. Beautiful work. I love the detail in each little section.

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    1. Thank you! Part of what I really enjoy is adding each section and watching the block slowly come together. :) x

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  13. So pretty Christine, lots of lovely detail, beads and sequins etc, just what I like.

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    1. Thank you Sheryl! I was very pleased with this particular block. :) x

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  14. Your block is so beautiful! I especially love the bee hive--very cute!

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    1. Thank you Karen! I really enjoyed stitching those little bees... they were fun! :) x

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  15. You did so beautifully embroidered !

    Marion

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    1. Thank you Marion! This block was a lot of fun to stitch! :) x

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  16. Hi Christine, I love all the detail, but especially the tree and the bee hive, they are both so sweet! Have a lovely week. Barbara xx

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    1. Thank you Barbara! I hope you have a lovely week too! :) x

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  17. I love watching your progress on these blocks and have now started the BCQC myself. Thank you for all the links.

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    1. Thank you Catherine! I am so pleased you have started the BCQC... I know you are going to enjoy it! :) x

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  18. Your July block is gorgeous , you do such lovely work !

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    1. Thank you Sheila! I have really enjoyed working on these crazy quilt blocks... they tick a lot of boxes creatively! :) x

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  19. It's wonderful to have company around, but it's also wonderful to have time to spend with a needle and threads too. Your block looks great - I love the tree too - and those cute little bees! Thank you so much for mentioning the magazine - it's much appreciated!!

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    1. My pleasure Mary Anne, it is a really lovely magazine with lots of inspirational photographs! I really liked stitching the little bees! :) x

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  20. That block is so pretty with so many different techniques.

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    1. Thank you Cathie! I think that is what I am enjoying most about crazy quilting... all the different techniques that are used! :) x

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  21. Liebe Christine,
    ich bin immer ganz hingerissen von deinen wunderschönen Blöcken, da kann man ja richtig ins schwärmen geraten!
    Liebe Grüße
    Steffi

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    1. Thank you Steffi! I was really pleased with this one! Have a lovely week! :) x

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  22. I think this block is one of my very favorites from your CQJP 2015 blocks. Beautiful, beautiful work! I received my CQ Quarterly last week and am delighted with all of the eye candy. I am itching to stitch one of those pumpkins. :)

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    1. Thanks Renee! I like this one a lot too.... but I always think that when I have just finished a block! Christine x

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    1. Thank you Angela! I enjoyed working on it! Christine x

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  24. Oh I love that tree with the sequins. And the stitching on the bee hive is amazing. There's a bee hive in one of my finished embroideries and yours has me thinking that I need to go added some more stitching to it.

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

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    1. Thank you Sue! I really enjoyed stitching this block and it is always fun to link up! Christine x

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