Work in Progress Wednesday:CQ Journal block 2

I managed to complete my February block for the Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2012 on the last day of the month. To be honest I did not think I would meet the deadline.

As February closes summer begins to shift towards Autumn and I took my colour scheme from that mood. Also during the month we had some time in Sydney. I picked up a little charm while there and added it to the block.

Also on this block I used some sample threads I received from Theadworx. I was really impressed with thier overdyed perle #5 and #8. Also they produce a range of overdyed Kreinik metallic braid that is just great to work with.

They are difficult to photograph and look much better than this!

Often metallic threads will shred and carry on, creating shabby tatty work.  So when crazy quilters use these types of threads they are worked with a gentle hand. However but on this block I worked tied herringbone using this metallic thread and had no trouble with it at all. In fact I ended up treating it more or less like normal thread which for a metallic is saying something! It really handled the constant looping motion of this stitch well. The seam I am talking about it in the top middle of the block.

All over the block I used Threadworx overdyed perle thread and once again it performed well. I liked the strong colour too. So check out the Threadworx website.

I am not associated with Theadworx in any way, nor am I being paid for a review or recommendation but they did send me some samples of their range. I will be purchasing more of thier threads because I was so impressed with this thread.

If you click on the image you will see a larger view of the block.


Work in Progress Wednesday: CQ Journal challenge

Well here I am running through the door waving an 8 inch block in my hand. This year I am participating in the Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2012 and I really did wonder if I was going to find the time to do this block.

Life has been very busy here as I have explained in previous posts Eve our daughter is a circus performer and after 10 years in the business she is in the process of staring her own Circus. A lot of costuming has been going on and I used some of the scraps from Eves costume. In this show she is a toy ballerina and the storyline is a bunch of toys come to life. It’s an old storyline but you can stll do alot with it in a circus performance!   Eve is keeping a blog  Stardust and Sledgehammers covering all the behind the stuff of life in a circus!  Anyway the fabrics are scraps from the costumes.

Last week I demonstrated how I used Mistyfuse to secure the shapes to the block. This week the block is done. Someone, somewhere (I cant remember which forum and it is not in my comments) asked how long it takes me to make a block. This one I kept track of as I worked and it took 17 hours from assembly to looking like this.

If you click on the image you can see a larger version.

Work in Progress Wednesday: Using Misty Fuse

Work in Progress Wednesdays seem to arrive very quickly this year!Could be that life is very busy at the moment.
This year I am participating in the Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2012 but I am off to late start. That said I have at least started!

When I signed up for the project I had no idea that Take a Stitch Tuesdays would be so popular. If I had I would have perhaps not signed on. Now that I have started I am pleased I did as it will push me.

I considered pre-making my blocks but just before Christmas I did not find time to. I am pleased I didn’t as I think it will keep the journal blocks more honest.

I decided to work with 8 inch blocks.

As some readers know my daughter Eve is a circus performer and after 10 years in the business she is in the process of staring her own Circus. If you have not checked out her blog Stardust and Sledgehammers do so as she writes about all the behind the stuff of life in a circus!

Time this month has been taken up with costuming (just one of the tasks) so I decided on a circus theme block made from some of the scrap fabrics. This week I managed to piece the block.

I thought I would share with you a technique I sometimes use which is to fuse a shape to the block. It is an ideal technique for themed blocks particularly if you can use a design in silhouette. I use Mistyfuse as the fusable, as it is very light and unlike other products does not stiffen the fabric (makignit unpleasant fo rhand stitchers) or gum up your needle.

The fabric you choose needs to be ironed so test it first to make sure it can be.

I first print out the silhouette design.

mistyfuse step 1
I traced the design on to baking paper using a pencil.

how to use misty fuse step 2
On the back of the fabric lay out some Mistyfuse.

how to use misty fuse step 3
Place the backing paper over the top of the Mistyfuse and fabric so you have sandwich of fabric, Mistyfuse and baking paper. Have the design face up. Run an iron over the sandwich to fuse it together.

how to use misty fuse step 4

Carefully cut out your shape.

how to use misty fuse step 5
Peel off the baking paper.

how to use misty fuse step 6
Place you shape mistyfuse side down and iron into place.
You now have a shape on a block that can act as a foundation for a design.

how to use misty fuse step 6
I used the same technique  for the juggling clubs flying up the block. This is the block on my design wall. I am at the think about it and “collate together stuff for it” stage. I hope to be able to embroider it some time this week and perhaps even make the deadline!

The Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2012

I have signed on and been accepted for for the CQJP2012 challenge!

Since one of the goals of the challenge is increase awareness of crazy quilting I had better explain that CQJP2012 is an abbreviation for Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2012.

The aim is to complete one crazy quilt block each month and registration is still open closing on the 27th December 2011.

Pop over check this challenge out as I think its going to be one of the best we have seen as an online community. Lots of really good crazy quilters are signing on to participate.

Blocks will be published on the CQJP blog. This means there will be a steady flow of  great inspiration for crazy quilters but more imporatantly  the results will expose the public more to the rich history and many techniques of crazy quilting.

I am constatnly amazed how quilters who are extremely well educated about the tradition of quiltis and textiles have gaps in thier knowledge when it comes to crazy quilting.

Let’s hope this sort of exposure orchestrated by a community of active stitchers helps to counter ignorace of what is possible with this type of quiltiing. Also hopefully people will see it as extremely enjoyable! What other needle work technique do you get to play with so much fun stuff!

I may do some pre-piecing of 8 inch blocks but aim to take it block by block. Along the way hope to push my skill levels a bit, try differnt techniques but ot so much I fall too far behind.  It is shaping up to look  like an interesting new year!