News: Bloggers who Embellish Ring is moving
First up I have some news for the CQ community online as I had an email from Mary Frances Main of Frequently Wrong but Never in Doubt to let me know she is moving the Bloggers who Embellish Ring
The group will still be called “Bloggers who embellish” it will just “live” with another webring management site. So you will have to go through the process to set up a new account, register your website, get and paste new code. Here is where you go to join and contact Mary Frances Main of Frequently Wrong but Never in Doubt if you have any problems.
Eye Candy Alert
Also while you are on her blog I have a further eye candy alert as Mary Frances has posted images from 5 Crazy Quilts at the Denver Art Museum You can read about it on her blog
Work in Progress report
I have another work in progress report. Two more blocks for my Diamond block quilt are complete.
Both blocks include more fabrics from men ties and throughout this quilt if a fabric is patterned piece I have chosen a paisley design of some sort. I think when the quilt is finished people will enjoy all the varieties of paisley fabrics.
This is a detail which highlights feather stitch worked in rayon embroidery floss and beaded.
As usual if you click on the images you can go to a larger version and when on that page click on the magnify glass icon in the top right to see things even larger.
The second block is in a similar colour scheme.
People often say when they look at my quilts they often feel they have seen everything … then they notice something else … and something else and so on. One of the ways I create this effect is often I will work a seam in similar tones.
Firstly it adds visual texture without garishness and secondly it makes for a surprise when spotted. The beaded ric-rac detail is an example of this. Because it is not high contrast it will hide until someone takes the time to discover it.
The second detail is of half buttonhole wheels and a variety of Wheatear stitch. Instead of using chain stitch down the core I substituted it with oyster stitch. The line of oyster stitch is worked in a hand dyed variegated silk thread and links have been laced with a different cotton thread.
Just as a reminder the quilt will be set like this. These are the crazy quilt blocks pieced but yet to be embroidered and embellished. I took a photo to see how it would work. The quilt will cover the top of a single bead. I have been slowly but steadily embroidering and embellishing blocks. It has been a slow process.
The back story
If you are interested in the back story of this quilt and seeing photos of each block as it was made browse the posts in the Diamond block crazy quilt category
Posts on How to assemble a Crazy Quilt which include;
- Assembling a crazy quilt part 1 – Trimming the blocks, joining and a construction technique that means the seams sit flat.
- Assembling a crazy quilt part 2 – Working in Sections
- Assembling a crazy quilt part 3 – Tying the quilt sandwich with no stitches visible from the front and adding a border
- Assembling a crazy quilt part 4 – Adding a false back
- Assembling a crazy quilt part 5 – Catching the false back and binding.
Online Crazy Quilting Classes:
Just a quick reminder for those who are interested in taking a class with me. You will find all my classes listed under the top tab imaginatively titled Classes online you will also find information on how online classes are run.
Family News a trip to New Zealand
Tomorrow I will be going to New Zealand to take a little break and see Eve. I have the TIF post for tomorrow pre written and hopefully it should be published automatically. I will be not be regularly blogging for 10 -14 days.
Eve is back on her feet and returned to training/ performing with her ankle heavily strapped) and if I get the chance I post circus and holiday pics.