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My Band Sampler 203 – TAST II stitch 03 used on a crazy quilt- Details 1062 to 1064 April 9th, 2010

start panel eleven with beaded hedebo edge

When I was starting this Panel a friend showed me sorbello stitch so I used it to hold down the hem of the panel and to stitch the P of panel.

For the row of Beaded Hedebo Edge I have to thank Smockerytast….Instead of doing 2 rows side by side I did one row of the base stitch and then added a second cross on top of each long cross, you need to be carful when taking the first stitch, that you catch just the threads of the top cross after the first stitch the rest stitches up the same as normal, I liked the way this worked and used this variation on my Box top

Beaded Hedebo edge used on a crazy quilt

Peace in Pieces 008 – The finished Block August 19th, 2009

Cream Diamond

Peace in Pieces 007 – Details 941 and 942 – Silk Ribbon Flowers August 18th, 2009

Silk Ribbon FlowersI don’t often repeat an embellishment on a block but sometimes repeating an embellishment is what brings everything together…I had left the top seam on my block until we had all the blocks together so that we could see what was needed…I had done the flowers below on my block and a couple of the other girls had done similar silk ribbon flowers on there blocks and when it was time to decide it just seemed to feel right to repeat the silk ribbon flowers at the top.

Silk Ribbon Flowers

Peace in Pieces 006 – Detail 940 – Rouched Ribbon with Beads and Charms August 17th, 2009

Shi Sha surrounded by beads

To the right is a Shisha which I surrounded with beads and then added Bead dangles to it.

Below is a rushed ribbon stitched on with Beads and sewing charms.

Rouched Ribbon with Beads and Charms

Peace in Pieces 005 – Details 939 August 15th, 2009

Bow over Butterhole StitchThe seam is Buttonhole Stitch done with different length arms and flipped from side to side in groups of 3, The thread is a size 3 pearl twist Rayon.

I chose simple stitch for this seam because I wanted it to be background and most of it is covered by the white bow which is the focus of the seam.

Peace in Pieces 004 – Details 937 and 938 August 14th, 2009

Chain Stitch VineThe seam to the right is a vine done using Chain Stitch with bead flowers.

The seam Below is Detached Chain Stitch with Colonial Knots done with a soft pearl twist thread

Detached Chain a Colonial knots

Peace in Pieces 003 – Details 935 and 936 August 9th, 2009

Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch

The seam above is Twisted Chain Stitch done with a cream stranded cotton thread and Detached Chain Stitch done with green stranded cotton and trimmed with Pearl Beads.

The seam on the right is Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch done with stranded embroidery thread…I have also scattered leaf beads on top of this seam.

Peace in Pieces 002 – Details 932 to 934 August 7th, 2009

The naked blockFrom memory the diamond sides of the diamond are 10 inches and the diamond is about 8 inches across and peiced from cream fabrics.

Detached Chain Stitch

Detached Chain Stitch done with a thick Rayon thread.

spanish knotted feather stitch

Spanish knotted Feather Stitch done with a size 5 cotton pearl thread.

Wheatear Stitch done with 6 strands of cotton embroidery thread.

Peace in Pieces 001 – I was sworn to secrecy August 6th, 2009

last year the Canberra Krazies planned to make a group crazy quilt to enter in the Canberra Quilters Annual Exhibition and it was decided to keep our quilts making a secret and I was banned from blogging my block until after the exhibition opening…we wanted to make a Quilt which would show off the beauty of crazy quilting and with the environment in mind we shared cream fabrics from our stashes and each made a diamond shaped block, 2 blocks where modified to have a rounded edge and one block was extended at one end so that when the blocks were put together they form the shape of a leaf.

Peace in peicesAs we were making our blocks they became a tribute to our group member and friend Lynne and the quilt will be donated to the Hospice where she spent her last days…We named our quilt Peace in Pieces because crazy quilting is made up of little pieces and we beleive that it is in the little pieces of life that we can find peace.

The Exhibition opened today and we were all delighted to see a blue ribbon beside our quilt, it won first prize in the group quilt exhibition and I can now blog my block which I will do over the next week.

Notes on how we constructed the quilt: The following links are a step by step guide to how I construct crazy quilts…step 1 step 2 step 3 step 4

The edge of our quilt is faced, I had never done a facing on a quilt before, I had worked out how to to the shaping at the top but would have had difficulties tring to mitre the bottom corner but as it happened I didn’t get to that worry because when I came home after spending the day, with friends, basting and tying the quilt, I logged on to find a track back link which was Alison Aller thanking me for the how to construct the layers of a crazy quilt and when I scrolled down through her post there where instructions for facing a quilt including how to easily get beautiful neat corners so thank you Allie.

Some amusing photos July 4th, 2009

bridesmaid dressIn 2005 I made a Crazy Quilted Brides Maid Dress for my friends wedding….

My friend has recently uploaded some of the more amuzing Photos from the wedding day.

and you have the opportunity to submit any captions that come to your mind as you view the photos…..enjoy!