Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Gone Buggy

The latest quarterly challenge for CQI is BUGZ!  We were supposed to make 3 different bugs, each at least 1 inch. Since I love bugs, I got right down to work. I'd been trying to make some stumpwork bugs before, so I did another one.  This one is a moth. I hope we weren't supposed to make realistic bugs because I'm afraid I got carried away and played Mother Nature with my interpretations.
After the moth, I made a caterpillar out of bullion stitches.

Next came a beaded spider

and a beaded dragonfly.

I filled in the spaces with a few other bugs to finish the block.


Thursday, April 18, 2013

TAT color study

I just finished working on Lisa's block for the TAT color study.  I added some bullion roses, 3 tatted butterflies, and a seam in the upper left corner, some flowers in the lower right corner, and a chain stitch seam with colonial knots to the right of the large butterfly pin.

Heart swap

These are the hearts I received from the Heart Swap at CQ4Newbies.  They are so beautiful!!!  This has to be the best heart swap yet.  I'll have to think of something to do with all my hearts.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Build a Seam

The quarterly challenge in CQI is Build a Seam.  I built my seam and took pictures of each step.  I cropped each picture to just show the seam being worked on, so I had several strips that I wanted to make into a composite picture.  I asked another CQer how she did it, and with her help and several searches, I was able to make the composite.  Big problem though - somewhere along the way between the document in Open Office and the snipping tool in Windows accessories, it lost a lot of quality.  I may have to spring for a regular photo program like Photoshop Elements if I want to keep doing this sort of thing.

I used a blanket stitch for the first layer and added a herringbone to that.

Next I added some lazy daisy flowers and French knots before adding -

beads to the centers of the flowers. 

Saturday, March 9, 2013

CQ for Newbies Heart Swap

They're having a heart swap in CQ for Newbies.  When I first joined I think the heart swap was my first venture. I have a few hearts that I received stashed away in a box. When I get a few more I'll have to figure out just what I'm going to do with them.
These are the ones I just finished for this swap.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Winter themed ATCs

In CQ for Newbies we're having a winter themed ATC swap.  Here are the 2 I've sent in. Now I wait and see what I get back. 

Friday, January 4, 2013

4th Quarterly Challenge

CQI has quarterly challenges. This last one was to make a strip quilt sampler. Here is what I did.

And here are some closeups......