Shawkl’s ICQC 103 Beaded S

The second task in the monogram lesson was to make a beaded letter. I felt I was going to not have enough beads, so I opted to use a stem stitch in a large perle cotton as fill. I rather like the texture combination! I hadn’t done any true beading work before, so getting the practice to use the backstitch method was nice. To fancy it up a bit more than a plain ole S, I added a little resin rose and a leaf sequin.

So, yes, “S” for my dear Sasha cat. I just didn’t want to make three monograms all about me, so I figured my cats could qualify (see Maya’s here)! At first I was opposed to the idea because my furry lumps won’t be around forever, but then my MIL pointed out that that is exactly a good reason to stitch them something special!

Since I have already done two variations of the letter “R” for me (see here and here), I’ve come up with two options. I may try to make a less feminine letter for Boy, though the ideas I have for him don’t really jive with the rest of the blocks I’ve made. Or, I may use my last initial for the third task. I’m still thinking about this one!

Shawkl’s ICQC 103 Embroidered M

The lessons for this segment of the intermediate crazy quilt course (ICQC) involve working monograms in a few different styles. The first task is using embroidery. I wanted to challenge myself, of course, so I didn’t just use basic stitches. There is nothing fancy here, but it was a good practice for techniques I have only barely tried before.

To make the letter, I used some twine/cord and couched it using the satin stitch. The other rarely-used-by-me technique I employed was putting a felt disk underneath the large flower to pop it up a bit.

If you are wondering why “M”, well, once I saw this style (Kathy calls it Sun Daisy), the M looked like it had little cat ears so I immediately thought of Maya. Because of the cord and my skill level, mine doesn’t have the pointy look of ears as much, but I still like how it turned out!

And I can’t do one cat without the other, so you’ll definitely see an S coming up 😺

Shawkl’s ICQC 103 Wisteria

The title of this post claims you’ll see wisteria, but in truth, I converted this task to a grapevine because I’ve never seen wisteria in person (though it is all over my dream house grounds!) but my gramma and grampa had a small vineyard. The premise is still the same: use an unconventional fiber as the main trunk and go from there.

I chose some twine, and only after the fact did I feel like I should have dyed it darker to stand out better against this fabric. Live and learn! I used a silver cord to replicate the wire that stabilized the grapevine. My gramma gave me a roll of starched fabric – I am not sure if it is meant to be binding or meant to be ties; it tears easily and she uses it all the time and I am sure it was used on the grapes so I cut little strips from it to tie up the grapes and tacked them down with a little stitch. Beads stand in as grape clusters, and I used the stumpwork wire technique for their leaves. I used some wire also for shaping some vines – a technique I wanted to try (probably inspired mostly by Salley Mavor) and I must say, it went so much faster than I expected it would! I stitched some leaves and vines to add more greenery (and it could probably use much more). It is all grounded by some rock beads and stitching (again, needs more). I think when I add more embellishments, the ground will come together more.

Because this motif takes over the whole block, I think I will have to place it centrally on the entire quilt. Time will tell – can’t wait to see it continue to develop! :D