Monday, 9 November 2015

CQJP Challenge 2015: Finished October Block

Today I would like to share with you my finished CQJP Challenge 2015 block for October. As I mentioned in a  previous post about the CQJP Challenge, I have again decided to use a block that I pieced for one of Kathy Shaw's wonderful online classes as the base block for October. The basic pieced block before any embellishment looked like this....



After I used the base block to complete a couple of the tasks (the addition of a surface embroidery design and a silk ribbon monogram) for the class (ICQC 103) it looked like this....



Since then, I used a photocopy of the block to plan out my seam embellishments which, I find very useful in getting the balance of the block to my liking.



The finished block now looks like this.....




Here are some close ups of the seam treatments which included the use of some of my newly learned TAST stitches....


Colonial knot silk ribbon roses
with detached chain leaves and
fern stitch fronds

Silk Ribbon Butterfly

Silk Ribbon Butterfly

Blanket stitch combined with silk ribbon colonial knots

Fern stitch vine with sequins and pearl beads

Glove stitch

Crossed buttonhole stitch and wheatear stitch (TAST)


I will also be using another of the blocks I created in Kathy's class for my November block. I have already photocopied the block and made a plan for the seam treatments.



Now I just have to get stitching!!

For those of you who are interested in Kathy Shaw's crazy quilt classes, Kathy has recently announced a few changes as to how she will be organising classes in 2016 and, has also just released details of a new book she has written and which is available for pre-order through her Etsy shop.  Follow the links to find out more information from her website.

I am linking this post to the stitchery party link up hosted by Super Mom - No Cape!  Pop over and have a look at who else has linked up! 

40 comments:

  1. I love those fans and tiny roses. What a beautiful flower basket. I can't wait to see the watering can block's embellishments. So pretty.

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    1. Thank you Cathie! I have really enjoyed the crazy quilt challenge and may well join again for 2016 too! Christine x

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  2. You really know a lot of stitches, some of them I had never seen before and I am impressed at the variety. And the new block looks very nice!
    KATRIN W.

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    1. Thank you Katrin! I love stitching these blocks.... they are such a lot of fun to create! Christine x

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  3. What a stunning block. I love the butterflies. A great idea to photocopy the block so you can doodle. I do that for quilting. I draw out the quilt so I can play with designs

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    1. Thank you Gina! It helps a lot to have a full size sheet to doodle with. I don't always stick with the first ideas but it certainly helps the balance of the block to plan ahead. Christine x

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  4. Another beautiful block! I love the way you incorporated some TAST stitches onto the block. Beautiful work. I cannot wait to see how the next one looks after your work your magic!

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    1. Thank you Renee! I love working on these blocks and I am so pleased I decided to give crazy quilting a try this year! Christine x

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  5. Wow! I've just started the BCQC this week. I hope I learn to make beautiful blocks like yours!

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    1. Thank you Laura! You will love Kathy's class... I know I did! Have lots of fun! Christine x

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    1. Thank you! It was fun to make! Christine x

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  7. Your stitching beautiful, Christine.

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    1. Thank you Christine! I love making these blocks! Have a lovely week! Christine x

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    1. Thank you very much Melody! Hope you have a lovely week! Christine x

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  9. wow Christine,your blocks are amazing,so dainty and pretty are those stitches,well done my friend xx

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    1. Thank you Shez! I really enjoy adding the stitches to these blocks... lots of fun! Have a lovely week! Christine x

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  10. Very clever use of the copy machine to help you plan your stitches.
    When you get all of the blocks put together this is going to be amazing for a crazy quilt. Janita

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    1. Thank you Janita! The blocks have been a lot of fun to work on and I am looking forward to piecing them into a quilt! Have a lovely week! Christine x

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  11. Your block is awesome! And love those silk butterflies - so pretty!

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    1. Thank you! I was pleased with the butterflies and they are very simple to stitch! Christine x

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  12. It's nice to see how it all comes together. I love the little butterflies xx

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    1. Thanks Janet! I am really enjoying my crazy quilting experience! Have a good week! Chrissie x

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    1. Thank you very much! They are fun blocks to work on! Christine x

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  14. A stunning block! You really know a lot of stitches. Can't wait to see how the next one looks. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you very much! I enjoyed making it! Christine x

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  15. Great photographs of your process, Christine. I particularly like your little white circles of buttonhole stitches. Beautiful stitching!
    Have a great week!

    Barbara xx

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    1. Thank you very much Barbara! I have only just discovered the buttonhole filler stitch and it is such a lot of fun to sew! Enjoy your week too! Christine x

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  16. Beautiful as always Christine. :) Using a photocopy as your plan is so smart!

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    1. Thank you Linda! This has been another lovely project to work on which will be coming to and end soon. I have really enjoyed learning more about crazy quilting! Christine x

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  17. Another beautiful block - and I especially love those wee flutter-byes!

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    1. Thank you Mary Anne! I have so much fun working on these blocks! Christine x

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  18. Beautiful work , I especially love the basket of flowers , just gorgeous !

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    1. Thank you Sheila! I love embellishing these blocks it is a lot of fun! Christine x

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    1. Thank you! I love embellishing these blocks! Christine x

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  20. Your October block is lovely! There are so many beautiful elements but I especially love that silk ribbon monogram and the row of silk ribbon roses.

    Thanks so much for linking up to last week's Stitchery Link Party and for linking back and encouraging others to come have a look. Aloha hugs!

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    1. Thank you Sue! It is always a pleasure to join in with the Stitchery Link Party! Have a lovely week! Christine x

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