Shawkl’s BCQC 1 block

Let me tell you about Shawkl’s BCQC 1 class! Kathy is so generous for putting it together – for free! The instructions are very clear, and she is quick to answer questions and comment on your work. I’ve learned the basic elements of making a crazy quilt block and am super excited to start the next course!

You’ve seen my progress through the recent WIP-TAST-ic Wednesday posts (39, 40, 41, and 42), but here are the final results!

And I can’t say how transformative the last task was – adding the lacy bits, buttons, beads, and charms just really took the block to a whole new level! Remember where I was in the last post, with this photo?

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And then the final ta-da! Wow!

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Let’s look a little deeper at all the bits and baubles! Starting in the top left corner, some buttons and lacey bits over a scalloped stitch:

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Woven ribbon roses mixed with glass beads:

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A small butterfly charm and button:

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A wonky button I inherited from my mom over a decorate stitch with French knot ribbon roses:

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Two tiny bee charms with a row of colonial knot flowers:

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A little bird charm with a shell star button surrounded by other decorated stitches (including Fargo ribbon roses):

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Ladybug buttons creeping up a fly stitch ribbon rose vine:

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I cut apart some flower-shaped ricrac meant for scrapbooking for these tulips:

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I dissected a lace table runner long ago (I used part of it before!) and added a little lacey rose embellishment and a glass leaf bead:

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Ribbon irises and a little bug charm, sitting next to a row of seam stitches:

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A dragonfly created out of some vintage heart ribbon and beads, with clover buttons and an embellished seam:

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My old friend, the black widow and her web (I was bit twice by a black widow, if you hadn’t heard – and survived to tell the tale!):

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A cluster of baubles:

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I “signed” the block (and erased my initials from the full photo in case you were wondering what the blobby bit was):

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I finished it off with some backing-turned-binding and a tube to hang from a dowel rod. It isn’t that neat, but it gets the job done:

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While I am proud of my first crazy quilt block, there are mistakes galore (that I’ve learned from, yay!), and I especially don’t like the lower left corner – it’s too stiff, dark, and heavy for balance. I also am not sure I would want to put so much pizazz into an actual full quilt, but for a single block the size of a piece of paper, it was loads of fun piling everything on top!

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I have a cold. I say this because I did not go to work anywhere this week, and work is where I left my TAST supplies, so you know what that means – I didn’t do any TAST and now I am another week behind! Oi!

I haven’t felt well so I’ve mostly laid around watching TV shows and napping, but I did have moments of energy to do something productive. I’ve almost completed something I started May of last year! I’m doing it as part of my embroidery guild’s “UFO” challenge – to complete an “unfinished object” that was started prior to this year by our meeting in November. Because all I need to do now is one little thing, I’ll save the good photos of it for a separate post, but here is a teaser:

And my BCQC block now has ribbon embroidery! Very little left to do here, as well. I already signed up for the next course!

Stay healthy out there.

 

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Ok, let’s start with TAST! After gathering my project back together and scoping out Pintangle (which Sharon just revamped so be sure to check it out!), I realized that I had done several of the stitches already on previous pennants. This includes: #19 crossed buttonhole, #20 whipped chain, #26 herringbone square, #33 barred chain, and #36 crossed and plaited feather stitch. They aren’t great examples, every one, but for time’s sake, let’s just call it, okay?

You may recall that I am in the middle of a pennant of flowers, which includes: #13 buttonhole wheel, #16 satin stitch, #17 French knots, and #18 whipped wheel (seen here). There are several new TAST stitches I’ve yet to do that might fit great on the space I have left. I’m committing to figuring that out by next week’s WIP-TAST-ic Wednesday post. I am officially 15 stitches behind at this point. It feels a little daunting, since I have other projects going on as well, but with the dreary fall and gloomy winter ahead, I imagine I’ll knock these out pronto.

My BCQC block is coming along. I’d be further finished if I could just find a perle cotton in a color (and appropriate size) that fits. As a practice piece, though, I’ve decided it is what it is. I might still fiddle with it, especially as the class progresses (you’ll see some changes already if you are super detail oriented).

My guild had a huck weaving embroidery project, so I grabbed a kit. I found it to be so very pleasing! The fact that the needle never pierces the fabric ensures a quick progression and it felt really relaxing. Huck weaving is a Swedish style, and my kit came from Nordic Needle (though I can’t find it listed anymore). I am almost finished with it – just need to sew a hem and fringe the edge. My only hangup is that the particular threads in the kit were not color-safe, so my mistakes left a mark. I wonder how it will handle being washed. Find out with me next time I post about it, ha!

Oh, and my last mouse sold! Huzzah!