December 6, 2011

Deborah: CQJP Ideas

I have posted some initial ideas at Wednesday Quilter  but I'll put them here too. The first picture is a block I started a while back, thinking I would make large blocks using the photos and some pieced blocks which I would embellish with embroidery, etc. - kind of in the manner of crazy quilting. I had the idea last night that I would carry this over to the CQJP challenge but replace the patchwork with cq blocks. This block is about 10" so one of the cq sections would have to be 6" at least in order to meet the challenge requirements.

The second picture gives you a rough idea of how this might look.  Next to it is a cq block using  one of the photos as the center and building from there.

Right now I like the idea on the left better. I'm interested in what you think. Please share your ideas and comments.




By the way, the photos in the big block are my aunt and my grandmother. The earlier photo would have been in the 1930's, the later one around 1954.  The bottom photo is so touching to me. My grandmother was pretty ill at that time. The photo in the small block is my mother and my younger brother, about 1959.

16 comments:

Debra Spincic said...

I like the bottom picture. Just push that CQ block over next to the other block, sew them together and keep going.

One thing to think about--large areas of fabric (esp in CQ) generally are filled with something (other than fabric)[in patchwork, it is fancy quilting] so think about what will eventually go in there. Since you are using linens from your aunts, maybe you can cut some flowers to use for appliques.

It might be a good place for a little history info too--little applique patches with names, dates, etc.

You might think about some clothing parts (you might have to fake it up at this point) but an apron tie would be cool appliqued to a long length.
Definitely use every scrap of linen fabric in the CQ, once you cut off the embroidered design, use the rest of the dresser scarf for blocks. I love that worn linen look in CQs--turn the holes into the center of hand embroidered flowers. That kind of thing--those linens tell stories too.

You are all about the history & the love of your female relatives here so add as much of them into the composition as you can. Don't forget to add nicknames and special days. If it were me, I'd get all that typed out or written out now and printed on fabric and get started embroidering that part.

I was looking at Pam Kellogg's website last night. She did a Marie Antoinette CQ and she pulled the embellishments into the picture. It was very cool--made me think of your composition. How about a doily in that big white area at the back of the person? It helps move the eye into the picture and eliminates the boundaries. CQ is more about moving over the surface and blending as a unit than patchwork where you want distinct shapes and lines.

You have a great start here. I know it is new territory for you. You are brave!!

Judy S. said...

What a great idea! For your memory quilt, right? How about a "how-to" on printing photos on cloth?

Peacock said...

I really like the idea of CQ blocks embedded in a more geometrically pieced format. I'm not sure if that's where you're headed with your idea, but your planning stage sure sparked the idea for me! I have a different plan for this CQJP, but I think I might explore the CQ meets geometric idea in a future project! ..actually, I've done it before, but that was only because I got tired of making CQ blocks for a queen sized quilt... what I'm thinking of now would be a definite improvement! Thank you for the brain-jolt!

I really love your photographic images and the depression-era feel of the colors and prints that you've chosen. :)

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

I really, really, really like where you are headed with that second/bottom photo. The mix of simple geometric blocks mixed in with the CQ blocks is very pleasing! Mixing in some fabric and lace memorabilia as Debra suggested would be another element that would really add to the quilt also. Ooh and some vintage buttons. I am getting so excited about your CQ! You have my imagination spinning too.

Suztats said...

I wonder if you have any bits of clothing from your family, pieces of cherished outfits, or your mothers' apron, or other paraphernalia from your family's history that you are planning to include? I have some old family documents that would be interesting printed on cloth and used in a family quilt, my father's tie clip and cufflinks, my mom's favorite brooch, and some of her crocheting.......
Now you have my head spinning with ideas for a future quilt.

Cy said...

Ooh nice work. Love the large areas of fabric that have endless possibilities for embellishing.

ladyhawthorne said...

I'm with Suz on this, now I want to make one too. And please, yes, tell us how to print on fabric.

Deborah said...

Wow, thanks for all the great suggestions & comments. Don't know what happened to me last night. Came home from work at 4 pm, took a shower and collapsed on the couch. I'm feeling better this morning; I was afraid I was coming down with something. ANYWAY: I have an old quilt top my mother made way back - I'm guessing 1940's or 1950's. At one time I thought about using those pieces of fabric for another project. The top can't be quilted--I'm not sure what kind of fabric she used for the background but it feels a little like BURLAP. LOL! (Mom, what were you thinking??) I might use some of those pieces in this quilt. I'm sure they are leftover scraps from clothing, because back then they never bought fabric specifically for quilts. I'll post a picture tonight.

Debra Spincic said...

That's what is cool about CQ--you can get away with putting all kinds of collections of stuff on it--like an overcrowded coffee table! I think it brings out the "clutter bug" in many of us (not me, of course! *wink*)

Debra Spincic said...

I was thinking last night that if we are all speaking to each other (!!) at the end of 2012, we could do a family memory quilt challenge together in 2013. Deborah could be our leader! *wink*

Deborah said...

I'll get back to you on that, Debra. :-)

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

I will have to think about that too, Deborah how do you discipline and how accurate is your aim with a yardstick. LOL

Debra Spincic said...

I am here to tell you that the girls over at the beginner's group are wearing me out. Pop over there and see all the tuts I had to write.

I first had to explain blogging, then basic (very basic) CQ. I am exhausted!

http://begintast2012.blogspot.com/

Peacock said...

Wow, Debra, you really have been busy!! Now you know what SharonB feels like, I'm sure! ;) Thank you for your generosity and your expertise! It is so exciting to see what your other stitching group is doing!

Susan said...

I like the long lines for embellishing, but it seems too straight, maybe. I want some places with round-de-round that my eye has different directions to get off. Did that make sense? I love the colors and the idea of using the family photographs! You'll have plenty of room for lace, handkerchief pieces, and motifs in ribbon, perhaps. Do you have a handkerchief of your grandmother's? That would be so wonderful to include!

Jane said...

The photos are priceless Deborah! I like how your mixing the traditional square picing with the crazy piecing and adding the linens is stirring it up nicely. All of it in balanced amounts should pull it all together in how your invisioning it. Yes, 2013 Memory Quilt tutor, LOL