Thursday, 24 January 2013

crazy quilting

I have started on the embellishing of the january block, it is going slowly and thought I would share a couple of photos with you all.

  As you can see I have embroidered a flower in the centre block,  might do a flower  each month in the centre to link them together

 a few more bits added here, herringbone with detached chain,  my initials in stem stitch and the red/orange diamonds also stem stitch


The hollyhock I have added today, worked with the same thread as the diamonds.  The tatting I am not sure about, it might well be removed in the next few days or I might wait and see how the block grows. I do not want to do too much on it but there again I do not want to do too little.Another seam has also been stitched in knotted cretan stitch

Any advice you can give me will be greatly appreciated.

Today I liquidised some leek and potato soup in the kenwood,   hurray I have finally conquered it,  have decided the liquidiser needed to be attached even if using the mixing bowl   well it seemed to work that way, lets hope next time it is as successful.  I have only had it about 18 years so it is about time I worked out what to do. Thank you for all your tips and advice.

15 comments:

Starr White said...

Yum! Leek and potato is one of my favorites, of course, being from the South, a little bacon usually hops in there for a little hint of smokiness :)

And your block looks wonderful! I just knew a beautiful garden would grow there!

Marjolein said...

You are doing quite well, Margaret!
The central motive is very pretty. The seams look OK. The hollyhock in red/orange attracts much attention. (red always does) This means that the right side of your block is heavier than the left. Keep that in mind when you add something on the ochre fabric. I'm not sure about the tatting either. You're absolutely right about waiting how the block develops.

Radka said...

I like the idea of an embroidery in the centre of blocks, I am a big fan of combining quilting with embroidery. Not sure about the tatting, you could over do it, best to wait, you can always add it at the end.

Monica said...

I think it looks great. I like the tatting! I always like it when stitchers add a little crochet motif here and there, so I am sure that tatting would be an excellent and unique addition to your blocks.

I would recommend that you pace yourself. It doesn't need much more, and you have 11 more months to go! Great job. :)

Pippas quilts said...

Love this crazy quilt. the flowers and the seams are wonderful. Not sure that the tatting is correct for this particular quilt. Keep going.

Anneliese said...

Wow, Margaret, this looks great. I love the colours. Indeed, I did not look at your blog - I don't know why, it simply did not appear. I am so glad that you mentioned it now.

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

Love the embroidery on here (although my quilt won't feature this!) :)x

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Floral embroidery in the center of each block will be a wonderful way to tie them together. Your stitching looks fantastic. I like your tatted piece a lot but it seems off by itself and doesn't look as though it has a purpose. Maybe if it were flipped and placed at the base of the flowers? You are off to a great start!

Mary Ellen said...

Oh, keep the tatting, please. Who even knows how to do that these days? I am sure you are a rare breed, indeed. Maybe drop a handful of French or Colonial knots in with it. Lovely. Can't wait to see the finished block.

KippysSoMature said...

it is looking very nice Margaret - my advice is to make what you enjoy and what brings you joy :)

Suztats said...

It's looking very nice, Margaret.The tatting seems to repeat the colour in the lower right fabric piece. I think it needs to be placed, perhaps on a seam, rather than floating in space as in the picture. You might like to wait until you've done more stitching before you decide on the tatting. Personally, I like it.

Jillian said...

I think the embroidery is terrific - and a great idea. I'm for the tatting. I like the sense of play about the whole piece.

Melissa said...

You are off to a wonderful start! I love the flower idea too! I always love adding tatting to CQ. There is a lot of stuff (patterns and tutorials) out for needle tatting now, maybe you could find a few cute motifs to create and add to your blocks? I remember seeing a small easy bunny design or some dragonflies or butterflies, those would be so cute with the flowers, if you like that kind of thing too! As always the best advice is always to go with what YOU love!

Susan Hook said...

The block is very nice Margaret, I like the central flowers and the hollyhocks are lovely. I like the tatting I think the colours go well so I think you should leave it on. I find with this sort of work things just happen, I do like adding lace to my blocks.

Séverine said...

your block is wonderful, I like theflowers in the center