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Crazy Quilt Block from Kathy Shawkl’s Beginner Online Class

November 28, 2014

I’ve been quietly working away on Kathy Shawkl’s Crazy Quilt Block class these past few weeks, and finished it up in time for Thanksgiving:

CQ Class 2nd finish

Her instructions were very good, and Kathy offers this class for free. Can you believe that? She is doing a great job promoting and encouraging fiber artists to try crazy quilting. If you want to give this a try, go to Kathy’s website to see when it will be offered again.



Pam’s BAS RR Blocks

August 9, 2013

Finally, I got inspired to crazy quilt again, and I finished the last set of blocks in this round robin. I do hope Pam will like them.

This is the Anything Goes Block where I added the Bullion bumblebee, and a button Trail with bullion flower, pearls, shell buttons, and various sizes and shapes clear and crystal beads

Anything Goes block

The buttonhole block has up and down buttonhole stitched with 2 strands of Splendor 100% silk # S1044 – my new favorite embroidery thread, and a buttonhole cat outline sewn with 2 strands DMC cotton:

Buttonhole block

The chevron block has an S shape design in chevron stitch DMC size 8 #741 with the edge beaded in 1101-72 Glass 2 cut silver lined beads. French knots 2 strands Splendor 100% silk 2 wraps S952 along the bottom right sleeve embroidery:

Chevron Block

The Cretan block has alternating height Cretan stitch black DMC Size 8. Then I added a Paisley braided chain stitch DMC Size 8 #320, Stem Stitch DMC Size 8 #3326, copper beads around the paisley, and a copper butterfly:

Cretan block

The Detached Chain Stitch Block has an Indian mirror bead, straight stitch, French Knots – 3 wraps, detached chain stitch with DMC size 8 # 310:

Detached  Chain Block

The feather stitch block has a feather stitch with trellis in each fork – half hitches on each leg. DMC Size 5 #4210 variegated:

Feather Block

The Herringbone block has mirrored herringbone stitch in Splendor 2 strands 100% silk, glass Beads Darice Size 6 1106-07 Gold and straight Stitch DMC size 8 #320:

Herringbone block

The Outline block has an outline curve with Delica Size 11 DB0906 Spkl Purple Lined Crystal, and some butterflies were added made with Metallic Wooly Nylon M309, DMC Floss 3 strand bullion body, 3 strand French Knots for the head, and 2 strand for the antenna, back stitch antenna:

Outline block

Last but not least, the Straight stitch block has an applique heart with a beaded and sequined fan shape in the right corner, and chain stitch curves on the left side with detached chain stitch, and French knots. The ribbon is back stitch, and so is the bottom design, with some more French knots. Couched a metallic cord around the applique. Kathy S had some heart designs on her blog, and she kindly shared with all of us. I made the fan out of beads instead of embroidery.

Straight block


Sparkly Wheels and CQ Wool Christmas Ornaments

March 29, 2013

Last Thursday was the Ogden Art Group meeting, and we made Sparkly Wheel buttons. It was a pattern in Interweave’s Beadwork July 2010 magazine, and we had so much fun selecting colors. The directions were easy to follow – even for us beginner beaders – and the results were gratifying.

This is the bead I made:

My sparkly wheel

You might recognize it as the bead I used on Joyce’s round robin Stem block. Her block must have been in my subconscious when I selected the colors.

And here are a few more:
sparkly wheels

Jan Karen sparkly wheels

Janet didn’t want to bead, but brought along another project, her crazy quilted wool Christmas ornaments:
Janets Christmas Ornaments

I do so love those ornaments, and have purchased some for myself, and my daughter.


Joyce’s BAS Blocks

March 28, 2013

Joyce’s blocks were mailed to Pam today for the last round of stitching.

This the Chain stitch block:
Chain Joyce

This block was pretty full, and I wanted to leave enough room for Pam to do something so I outlined the goldfish with 2 strands of metallic DMC thread, straight stitched around each scale, and added French knot eyes in the center block, then added a little whimsy with a back stitched snail on the bottom left.

And here is the Feather stitch block:

Feather Joyce

It was a lot of fun adding the beaded feather stitch on the right, along with knotted center stem stitch roses with a grey 10/2. The grey was used to tie in with the grey fabric used in the block.

Next is the Fly stitch block:
Fly Joyce

I embroidered a fly stitch anchored with chain stitch instead of a straight stitch using light green Jeans stitch, then spent hours, and I mean hours, weaving some silk ribbon on the left. The ribbon was threaded under a fly stitch, then I raised the ribbon with a blunt needle to form a loop, and anchored it in place with a glass seed bead. Stitch by stitch, loop by loop, bead by bead, up one side of the seam and down the other I went. I do hope you like this seam treatment, Joyce. I like it so much, I’m thinking about using it as a trim on another project.

And now for the Herringbone block with a twisted herringbone lattice stitch in the bottom left corner:

Herringbone Joyce

I thought I was spacing the rows properly, but it got a little wider towards the bottom. The fabric was too fragile to take it out and redo that section, so I’m going to say it was a deliberate attempt to create persepective by going from a narrower to a wider lattice. That’s my story, and I sticking with it. LOL

Stem stitch:

Stem Joyce

Portuguese knotted stem stitch around the center bead – which I made. I’ll post more about that later this week.

And last but not least the Straight stitch block:
Straight Joyce

Raised chain stitch with my snow dyed #5 perle cotton, whipped stitch on lower left, and scattered bugle and seed beads for the straight stitch.

I’m sorry I forgot to take a picture of the Anything Goes Block, but I added a beaded daisy chain stitch to that one.

Whew, that’s a lot of pictures. Don’t forget to click on them so they will enlarge for you. I do so hope Joyce will like what I added to her blocks.


Joyce’s BAS RR Blocks – Blanket and Chevron

March 1, 2013

Joyce’s blocks arrived in the mail this week, and I started working on the them immediately.

Here is a picture of her Blanket Block:
blanket joyce

This block had very few colors in it, so I got the hex color of the blue section I wanted to embroider, then used the green that is a split complimentary of it for the crossed buttonhole stitch, the small straight stitch stem, and the little detached chain stitch for a leaf. The “flowers” were made with turquoise sequins held in place with little seed beads.

Then to add a bit more of the green to the block, I stitched some French Knots on one of the previously stitched seams.

The second block I finished was her Chevron block:
Chevron Joyce

I added some metallic rick-rack trim couched in place with the chevron stitch. Then I added to the seam treatment on the left by added a white straight stitch inside a detached chain stitch to match the one on the other side. Next was a detached chain stitch around that with DMC Precious Metals. It gave a nice padded effect to the original detached chain.

To finish off that seam, I sewed some small seed beads down the center. That seam had a lot of steps to it before I added mine, and now it is really complex. If this RR taught me anything, it’s that the more passes and techniques used on a seam, the more I like it.

The bottom corner was blank and Joyce said she likes butterflies, so I painted a small butterfly motif I had, and beaded that. It nicely fills in that bottom corner.

I hope you like what I added to your first two blocks, Joyce. Two down, seven more to go.


Leslie’s BAS Round Robin Blocks

January 27, 2013

I’m in a crazy quilt round robin and finally finished working on Leslie’s blocks. These were gorgeous blocks to embellish, and I totally relaxed and enjoyed the process this time.

Buttonhole block
This was the buttonhole block and I added a buttonhole wheel, fly stitch, detached chain stitch, French knots, and the Bonnet stitch to this block. I added to the blue on the left seam and started a new section with the green at the top. Tentakulum Chagall, silk buttonhole twist, my hand dyed 100 wt silk, and DMC Perle #8 were the threads used.

Chain block
On the chain stitch block, I wove ribbon through a base row, embroidered two wavy chains and placed woven spider wheels in between, then added detached chain stitch, and French knots using silk ribbon, DMC Perle #8, YLI’s Jean Stitch and DMC #5.

Chevron block
On the chevron block, I added an area of double chevron, closed fly stitch leaves, stem stitch, French knots and half chevron. Threads used were YLI’s Jeans Stitch, DMC floss, Wooly Nylon metallic, and Wildflowers.

Cretan block
On the Cretan block, I added open pyramid Cretan stitch, buttonhole bar, fly, straight and French knot sitches. Threads used were Wildflowers, Threadworx, and my hand dyed 100 wt silk thread.

DYO block
On the do your own thing block, I embroidered all along the top curve trying to make it look like lace. I used stem, straight, detached chain and French knot embroidery stitches with one strand of a fine DMC linen thread.

Feather block
On the feather block, I embroidered 61, yes 61 bullion loops stitches with 15 needle wraps for each stitch, French knots and triple feather stitch, using 12 wt Aurifil cotton thread – 1 strand, DMC Precious Metal 1 strand, and DMC rayon – 2 strands. The bullion loops are on the seam on the left.

Fly block
On the fly block, I embroidered wavy fly, Hungarian braided chain, straight stitches, and French knots, with 30wt Sulky, Silk buttonhole twist, YLI Jeans Stitch, and DMC Pearlescents.

Herringbone block
On the herringbone block, I embroidered detached herringbone, detached chain, oyster and double herringbone stitches with 2 strands of my hand dyed 100 wt silk, YLI’s Jean Stitch, and DMC Perle #8 threads.

Stem block
On the stem block. I embroidered split stem, stem stitch roses, and I crocheted a trim to cover the curved seam. 10/2 cotton was used for the crochet braid, and YLI Jeans Stitch and DMC floss – 6 strands were the threads used for this block.

I hope Leslie will like what I added to her blocks.


Ogden Art Group Meeting and More Of Merle’s Crazy Quilt Blocks

August 18, 2012

We had a wonderful time this month and focused on beaded beads again.  This time we were inspired by unusual shapes:

Lucy kindly typed up instructions for us on how to create triangles, and also showed us how we could make it into a square.  Adding more beads along 2 of the sides  would create a rectangle.   The best part of this demo was once you understand the corner turning technique, you could make just about any geometric shape you’d like.  Thank-you so much, Lucy.

I had my hands filled with creating the triangle bead though, and you will most definitely see these in a future project.  Only Sue knows what I plan on doing with them,  but I want to surprise the rest of you.

Karen and I used the exact same size beads – 11 – but from different manufacturers:

There was quite a difference in size.  Karen’s (on the left)  did add an accent bead along the edge, but even without that, her bead was larger.  She used Dynamite 11/0 Matsuno Matte Transparent beads and I used Delicas 11/0 Miyuki Silver-Lined Crystal and Color-Lined Sapphire beads.  We both purchased our beads from Fire Mountain.

I have not done a lot of beading and foolishly thought all 11/0 beads were the same size.   Guess you learn something new everyday, and this little tidbit of new knowledge is darn important.  Imagine if you were ordering a lot of beads for a project, and you wanted a uniform look, but ordered from different bead lines.  Uh-uh, you wouldn’t end up with a uniform look.  Now that would be fine for a free-form piece, but if you wanted a consistent look, that could be a potential pitfall.

On the crazy quilting front, Merle’s crazy quilt blocks are almost completed, and I’ll leave you with a few pictures of some of her blocks, then I’m off to a quilt show:


BAS Merle’s Second Block and What’s Cooking?

August 1, 2012

It took me forever to finish this block.  The reason?  I was stumped about adding something to the previous embroidery.  I managed to add a tiny gold stitch over the bars of Rose Anne’s white herringbone stitch, but that white stopped me in my tracks.

It’s a very nice seam treatment, and the colors work well with the block, and I was happy with the little bit of gold I added to it, but then I hit the proverbial embroidery wall.  Oh, I could have added beads to those little blocks on point, but these blocks have to be shipped to Australia, and beading makes for expensive shipping.  Plus, I used beads on the previous block, so didn’t want to use them on this one too.

The mail date was fast approaching, so I finally admitted defeat, and proceeded to start a new seam:

My contribution to Merle’s beautiful block was the previously mentioned  little straight stitch on the white blocks with 3 strands DMC Precious Metal E3852.  Then a brand new Herringbone stitch over the light green and red/orange silk pieces withe 2 strands YLI Jeans Stitch # 9.  Followed up with a  straight stitch and 2 detached chain stitches to form a stem and leaves with 1 strand DMC Rayon # 30501.  And last but not least, finishing off with French Knots made with 2 strands DMC Jewel Effects # E3837 – wrapped twice around the needle.

I like the  color combinations I used, and have to say, I hate stitching with DMC Jewel Effects metallic thread, but love how it looks.  With my wonky eyes, a needle threader was necessary, plus the thread splits and frays easily.  Using shorter thread lengths solved the splitting and fraying issue.   Only God or my surgeon is going to fix my wonky eyes, and I’m hoping it’s God who takes over that job.  I’d just as soon avoid having retina surgery, thank-you very much.

I hope you’ll like what I added to your block, Merle.

Our garden is barely coping with the drought conditions we’re experiencing this year, but you can rely on sturdy zucchini plants to produce no matter what the weather is like.  We like the homemade soup I make all winter long, and it’s a lot of fun to add ingredients from the garden.  My husband invested in a little dehydrator a long time ago, and I’ve been dehydrating zucchini for our winter soups.  Here’s what the zucchini looked like starting out:

And here’s what they looked like 24 hours later:

The beauty of dehydrating veggies is it’s darn easy.  As a person who has canned, pickled,  blanched, and frozen just about every veggie and fruit that grows in Upstate New York, this is a neat way to preserve garden produce.  It doesn’t have to be stored in the freezer, so if you lose your electricity, it’s no big deal.  You don’t have a lot of heavy glass jars filled with food that might or might not have sealed either.  It takes just a little electricity, and you don’t have to spend the hottest days of summer over a hot stove.  That’s a win-win in my book.

I only have one more batch to go and will have enough for the entire winter.  Yeah for that dehydrator because it will be needed for tomatoes soon.

One last food related picture.  I enjoy cooking, and this grilled fish and zucchini turned out so nicely, I had to take a picture of it:

Too bad I forgot to put the cherry tomatoes on the plate before I took the photo.  Those bright red tiny tomatoes looked so pretty against the grilled green zucchini and white fish.  Seems I like color equally well in my fiber art, and on my supper plate.  LOL


BAS Merle’s Block

July 25, 2012

Merle’s BAS blocks arrived the day before I attended the Ricky Tims Seminar, and I loved them as soon as I saw them, but did not even think about working on them amid all the seminar activity.  Their time has come now and I’m happily embroidering away.

Here is a picture of the first block:

The colors are a bit muted, but trust me, they are deep, rich saturated colors and that red/orange in the upper right corner is fabric I lust over.  LOL

This block features the Cretan stitch and I added to Rose Anne’s base stitching in the upper right corner.  Mini irridescent (purple/blue) bugle beads and detached chain stitches in black Perle Cotton size 12 were added to the points.  I first sewed the beads down with SoNo thread then went through again with the Perle Cotton.

Next I added a funky Cretan Stitch to the lower lime green seam with variegated Perle Cotton size 5.  One edge was kept uniformly short, and the other was varied to create a triangular design.  This thread is the same color as the blues and purples of the mini bugle beads.

I was really tempted to add to the Cretan trees that Rose Anne embroidered on the red/orange upper corner, but I honest to goodness don’t do whimsy well, and Pam excels at embroidering the unexpected.  I’d have done something traditional, and those trees would look wonderful with a touch of quirkiness added to them.   The BAS Olympic Torch is passed to you, Pam.  😉


Straight Stitch and Detached Twisted Chain Stitch Combo Tutorial

July 4, 2012

Jackie’s Build A Seam Round Robin blocks were mailed out this week.  They were really pretty blocks, but I had such trouble figuring out what to add to them.  And I apologize to Jackie because I messed up one of the blocks by using the wrong stitch on it.  Mea culpa.

Each of the blocks are supposed to be variations of a specific stitch, and I didn’t realize it until I had completed my first embroidery, so the stitch I was supposed to use on that block, I used on the anything goes block.

I also came up with a variation on a variation that I haven’t seen anywhere, so here is a mini tutorial on Straight Stitch combined with a Detached Twisted Chain Stitch.

I used my hand dyed Pearl # 8 cotton thread for the straight stitches embroidering 3 straight stitches, leaving a space, then embroidering another 3 straight stitches.  You want to be careful to maintain even spacing for this base stitching.

With 1 strand DMC floss # 806, and 2 strands # 699 in my needle, I started the detached twisted chain stitches.  I brought the needle up between the middle and end of a group of 3 straight stitches:

Then slip the needle back behind the end stitch.  You’re going to want to gather together the group of straight stitches later, and this keeps the fabric from becoming too distorted.   Next, bring the needle up between the middle and other end stitch:

You’ll slip the needle under that end stitch again, and make sure the thread loop is twisted.  Then you put the needle through the thread loop, and pull the needle through to form the twisted chain stitch.

A gentle tug will snug that stitch nicely into place.  Bring the needle down through the fabric to secure the stitch, and you have one detached twisted chain stitch completed.

The picture I saw of this stitch combo had the second color thread traveling across the top of the embroidery, but I spaced my straight stitches pretty far apart, and wanted to make sure there would be no long threads to catch on something, so the long traveling thread is on the back.

I hope you like this little tutorial and will try the stitch combination.  It has lots of possibilities – adding beads, using different thread or yarn weights, and on, and on, and on.

Happy 4th of July to all who celebrate this holiday!