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Challenge Accepted

The other night my mom and I were talking crazy squares. She wanted to try making some, so I was giving her some tips.

We were discussing how most of my crazy squares end up between 3″ and 6″ in size, no larger. Some even as small as 1.5″.

So that started me wondering, how big could I make one? Why didn’t I make larger squares?

Out came the fabrics. I decided to use an old jelly roll that had been sitting on the shelf for a few years now.

I managed a 14″ block before I was annoyed with it and then added the polkadot border to bring it to 18″ square.

Challenge accepted, completed, and I don’t like it. I don’t know why. I just don’t.

So, I did what any other crazy person would do. I took the rotary cutter to it.

Now I like it! It’s weird and unusual.

Some batting and backing, some decorative stitching, and I determined it done.

Or was it? Time to add beads! I love the shimmer and shine that beads add.

What have you challenged yourself with lately?

CQJP2014 – April Block

I know it’s May now but I just realized I didn’t do a post on my April CQJP block.
After some searching, I found the picture of the bare block hidden about 300 pictures ago on my phone. I mentioned in the past that I have an excessive amount of photos on my phone didn’t I? I deleted a TON and I’m still back to over 1400 photos. Lol

Bare block:

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Finished block:

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Details:
The theme for this block is Soar:

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This hot air balloon is soaring through clouds made with stuffing.

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Butterflies soar on the air.

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Music can soar through the air, and your soul.

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I like seeing kites flying on the wind.

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This trumpet is my own design. I had to add an instrument to go with the musical notes.

I have a May block finished. Once I get the picture sent in to the CQJP2014 blog I will make a post here with details.

Other news: last weekend my hubby and I planted several seeds in a 16-cell starter container. Tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, and jalapeƱo peppers.
Last night we had one cherry tomato starting to peek through.

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This afternoon, that cherry tomato is looking like this:

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Plus we have two more cherry tomatoes and a regular tomato starting to peek through. The peppers are supposed to take 10 days or so to start peeking. Hopefully we get at least one plant of each.

CQJP2014- February Block #2

Block #2 for February! I had a lot of fun with this block, trying out a couple new (for me) crazy block treatments.

The bare block:

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This one, while I loved the colors and fabrics used, gave me a lot of trouble when it came to figuring out what exactly I wanted to do to it.

Finished:

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I am happy with the end result though!

Close ups of the details: I just realized I don’t have close up detail pictures on my phone of this block…how did that happen! Hang on while I go get the block.

(Are you still with me?)

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This twisty tree is probably my favorite element on this block. The design is from Doodle Stitching the Motif Collection by Aimee Ray. I love this book by the way. You will definitely see more embroidered items from her book on my blocks. I don’t trace them though, I look at the picture and then free-hand draw it on the fabric, so there will be some differences between what you see in the book and on my blocks. I added some sequins for leaves and to give a little sparkle to the block. A stump sits quietly next to the twisty tree.

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The vines and purple flowers in the top right corner are also from Doodle Stitching (motif). As I said, I really love this book. You may notice along this journey of CQJP, I am partial to vines and twisty lines in my embroidery.

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In the bottom left corner, since I had such a little section to work with, I added a little fan. Next to that, using some gorgeous hand-dyed cotton, I added some curly lines with French knots. Silver rickrack ribbon runs along the seam.

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In the top left corner I added a flowering vine (design also from doodle stitching). I’m getting the hang of lazy daisies finally. I’ve gotten past the habit of wanting to pull the thread too tight. I couched a piece of gold rope ribbon along this seam. I picked up quite a few ribbons several years ago at a store closing and just recently remembered I had them.

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This particular section gave me the most trouble. It took a couple days before I finally decided on what to do. It was actually another piece of fabric in the Wife Cave that made me think of paisleys. Which I tried to make here. I wanted them to be fun yet somewhat delicate which is why I used bright colors but only used 1 strand of DMC floss to do it. The paisleys shown here are my own design. In the center of the orange paisley is a flower made entirely of french knots.

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The theme of this block is Explore. I used a hand-dyed rayon to stem stitch the word in the center. I think with some of the treatments I used (first time couching rope, adding rick rack), plus my attempt at paisleys, means I did in fact Explore a bit on this block.

Couple More 9-Patches and a Not-Square Crazy Square

I’ve been on a sewing kick the past couple nights. Besides the two FrankenPatch dolls, I also made a couple more 9-patch squares for my quilt that I’m making from my inherited fabrics.

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I also have several strips of 3 blocks that are waiting to be joined.

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For some reason, maybe the excessive sweltering heat here for the past few weeks, but my mind wandered toward fall colors this afternoon. A dive into my fabric stash and I found five fabrics that I thought went well together. Out of each I cut a strip that was 2″ wide and between 12-18″ long.

Using up each strip, I made a crazy square. Well…it’s not really a square! But it is crazy style.

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I love the look of these fabrics together.

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Another FrankenPatch Doll

The first one was fun. So of course I had to make another!

I started out making the “crazy square” part first:

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Adding a little here, a little there:

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I drew out a monster and placed it on the fabric to see if I needed to add more:

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This time I used a trick that Mom told me. I placed the front and back pieces together (right sides together), pinned on the paper design, then sewed around all but the bottom two inches. Cut away the excess. Removed the paper. Then turned it inside out and started stuffing!

Once done, I had the new FrankenPatch ready for its picture (no eyes because I want this to be safe for my best friend’s baby girl):

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Here it is next to the first one:

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Before I forget, here is a picture of the back:

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I do have a few other new things to share but I’ll save those for another post or two.

The Cursed Crazy Square

So that square that gave me trouble yesterday that I finally tossed…err…set aside?

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I picked it up tonight and was determined to finish it. And this cursed square was determined to give me MORE trouble! For some reason, when I added the next piece on, my thread didn’t quite follow along with the needle. The second attempt, the top thread just lay across the fabric while the bobbin thread did some funny thing. I took the bobbin out, scowled at it, then set everything back up again.

Now normally when I do my crazy squares I really wing it. Just grab the next piece I think looks good and add it in. For unknown reason, this time I had to plan out three steps ahead before I could progress in order for it to turn out.

The end result:

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A square that is currently one of my favorites for how it turned out! I wasn’t sure how I’d like the colors together but I really like this one.
I think it will pair nicely with this one I did back in January:

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Some Days Are Not for Sewing

Last night was not my night when it came to fabric and sewing. I’m not sure what happened, but everything kept going wrong.

All day yesterday I had this vision in my head of how I wanted a particular square to look. All day I worked out the details in my mind while doing my work at my job.

All. Day.

Then I finally got home and down to the Wife Cave. Got out the fabrics. The thread. The piece of muslin to sew onto.

It All Went Wrong! Every piece, every step, it was just wrong. So I ripped out all the seams and stared at the fabric. (I forgot to take a picture before I ripped it apart).

Now what? I asked myself. I started again. Messed up the second piece! Ripped out another seam. Started again.

This is how far I got, after more than an hour, and I finally gave up on it until a better night comes along:

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So I turned my mind toward my pile of scraps and decided to challenge myself. (good idea to challenge yourself after continually messing up…huh?).
The challenge: How many bright colored scraps could I fit, in a somewhat organized way, onto a square?

Turns out, I managed to get 21 pieces of scrap fabrics into this square:

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Oh, there was a second part to the challenge…

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It’s all in a 4 1/2 inch square!

While I was cutting fabric, I heard a LOUD pure start up behind me. I turned around to see Penny…

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Giving me some attitude!! The silly kitty.

So how often do you have “maybe I should step away from the sewing machine” days?