Crazy Quilt Seam Detail 521

crazy quilt block 79

This seam on block 79 started of a Cretan stitch worked in a chainette thread. The fabric is quite bulky as it is a vintage piece of silk with a heavy slub woven through it as part of the pattern. So I chose a heavy thread so that is would not disappear the texture of the fabric.

I then added some black bugle beads  and some vintage faceted beads.

This sort of embellishment along a seam is quick to work and since Cretan is a basic stitch it is suitable for new hands to crazy quilting too!

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This article is part of a series of articles that highlight the hand embroidered seams and Crazy Quilt details  on the quilt blocks that make up my crazy quilt I dropped the button box. For a free pattern of the block visit the web page about block 79.

Each block on this quilt has a free pattern which  are listed on the CQ details FAQ page.

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My huge sampler takes centre stage YAY!

Guild exhibition openingLast night, at the Albert Hall in Canberra, the Embroiderers’ Guild ACT annual exhibition was opened by Dr Brendan Nelson Director of the Australian War Memorial and former Defence Minister.

Guild exhibition samplerThis year I was excited as I was invited to exhibit my band sampler. At nearly 100 feet long it ran down the centre of the hall. We used a serpentine fold that ran the length of a series of tables to display it. For readers who have not encountered my band sampler before you can read about it here.

Guild exhibition silkWhat are the poppies doing all over the place? Well they tie into the exhibition theme . The Creative Challenge this year was: Stitching Love and Hope. Inspired by silk postcards from World War One, the exhibit ties in with the WW1 commemoration. The challenge was to re-interpret a Silk postcard. Embroidered silk postcards, known among collectors as simply Silks were popular from 1900 to 1920. The peak of production was during WW1 when it’s estimated that around 10 million were produced. Servicemen serving on the Western Front purchased these cards in Paris on their way through to the trenches. Many were posted home to Australia. You can read more about them on the Embroiderers’ Guild ACT website here.

The 2014 Annual Exhibition will be held from 19 to 21 September at the Albert Hall, Yarralumla, Canberra, Australia Capital Territory open from 10am to 4pm.

Crazy Quilt Seam Detail 520

crazy quilt block 79

This hand embroidered detail is a seam on block 79 on my I Dropped the Button Box Quilt

This seam is covered with a commercial braid that is about half an inch wide. I stitched it to the block then along each edge I worked a series of straight stitches in sets of two arranged  in V formation. I then laced a knitting yarn through the V shaped stitches. I completed the embellishment with black seed beads placed on top of the V stitches. It looks as if the knitting yarn is laced around the seed beads but it is just a trick. So I was doing a sneaky sharon stitch. I hope it gives you a few ideas to work with.

 

crazy quilt detail

Free Crazy quilt block patterns

This article is part of a series of articles that highlight the hand embroidered seams and Crazy Quilt details  on the quilt blocks that make up my crazy quilt I dropped the button box. For a free pattern of the block visit the web page about block 79.

Each block on this quilt has a free pattern which  are listed on the CQ details FAQ page.

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Work in Progress Wednesday and a catch up cuppa

screenshotI don’t have a progress report this week as behind the scenes I  have set up a new Studio art journals flickr group for people interested in studio art journals. Yes, I know … sneaking around behind the scenes being a geeky type person and not doing my stitching. I hope I am forgiven.

The group is for anyone who want to develop their creativity using a studio/visual/art journal sketchbook format. There are lots of types of visual journals and I would like to be inclusive rather than trying to put creative activity into different boxes. The idea is to create a supportive environment in which to share studio/visual/art journal and sketchbook page spreads and to keep creative ideas flowing. We can use the discussion area on flikr to chat about the process of journalling, art supplies, creativity etc.

As well as setting up the flickr group I have been reassessing my blogging goals and practice after I went to the Problogger Event in Queensland. It was such a stimulating event that it takes a while for me to process all the information – no doubt the process of digesting it all will continue. The important thing however is to apply the ideas and doing that takes time! But for what it is worth since my return I have revamped my newsletter and now have flickr group established.

For readers interested in blogging you will find this comprehensive recap of the even by FayAnn of Thousand by Ten Days very useful. Also on the same post FayAnne has snuck a photo of me in. I think I may have lost some weight and somebody washed me as I have definitely shrunk or FayAnne photoshopped me while taking a cuppa!  Thousand by Ten Days is a relatively young blog that celebrates the creative process and FayAnne has a real zest for life. She makes me smile. Make a cuppa and check it out when you have time.

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I am opening up this post for those who use the weekly progress challenge to push them towards completing something.

What have you done this week towards your stitching goals?

If you have worked a stitching project leave a comment. If you include the http bit of your web address in the comment it will become a link and folks can visit and see what you have done.

Work in Progress Wednesdays (WIP Wednesdays)  is not exactly a challenge as it is more like a support group! The aim is to encourage people to complete  languishing projects or WISPs (Works in Slow Progress) or completing UFOs (unfinished objects) or those in the process of de-stashing. The idea is, that if you regularly report publicly on a project you are more likely to pick it up and work it a little.