|My first block finished!|
|And the second one ready to begin.|
Boy! these deadlines really make you work!
Check out CQJP2012's website here to see all of January's finished blocks.
|This is my first block of the CQJP2012 challenge. I had planned another project, changed my mind and decided to make a CQ fan quilt and use silk ties and plain silk fabric for most of the blocks. To save the silk from distorting I used the knitted interfacing which I found in our own Fabricland for $5 a metre. I had a few goes at piecing the fan part, and finally used paper piecing to keep it even.|
|On the outer curve of the fan I decided to use a large design, and found Carole Samples book a great resource. I am well on my way with the stitching, but it won't be finished by the end of January. February's block should be on time as I have no other stitching commitments.|
|Shisha mirror and words from the national anthem|
|This is the centre motif from the Indian Flag|
|Only one example of feather stitch for TAST this week. I have been really busy getting my piece ready for the "Crazy Quilts are Quilts Too" exhibition on Thearica's blog, also the Indian flag block which is due at the end of this month. This seam is just a little piece of my Indian flag block where I used beads for the feather stitch.|
|My block is finished and home, thanks to Debbie S., Joyce R., Laurie N. and Wendy R. for their pretty stitches. I enjoyed working on all their blocks too. This was a really nice RR, it went very smoothly and the blocks looked great.|
|This lovely swirly design and the cute button flowers above was and the seam above, embroidered by Joyce.|
|Joyce added the crochet hat, Debbie, the crown, the purple seam and the tatted seam|
|Wendy's daisies and green feather stitch seam.|
|Laurie's lace applique and lace trim on the seam|
|Debbie's littlest angel, Joyce's seam above and below.|
|Laurie added the monogram and the sequin seam. Debbie's feather stitch is on the left and daisies on the right.|
|Wendy's silk ribbon work and seam above|
|These three are buttonhole stitch rows of flowers.|
|I chose the flower quilt as the first project to tackle and I've made great headway with it. I hadn't decided exactly what size it would be, but I settled on 3 blocks across by four down. I had planned that each block would finish at 6" square, but instead I managed to make each block 7" square. With that extra 1/2" all around that hadn't been embroidered, this has meant a lot of places where it needed a few more stitches and beads. Most of the embroidery is completed, and next it needs to be backed after that. |
I'm pleased with my staying power with this.
|I spent a marvellous New Year's eve at my nephew Hamish's wedding to his sweet fiance Ali. The view from the banquet room had a three-sided view of Kingston, Ontario's harbour. The wedding was off-site and the next photo shows Ali's beautiful dress, back view.|
|The dress was full of flounces, front and back, and she floated down the aisle.|
|Of course Aunty Di (me) made the cake along with my cake partner Verdie. The cake is sitting on the Matthew tartan. The men in the wedding party all wore kilts and they looked stunning, and even the groomsmen who had never wore kilts before said that they felt good.|
|These are huge roses. This cake is 6" diameter, the flowers are each 4" across.|