April 1, 2012

Barbara's March CQJP


My March Crazy Quilt Journal Project block is finished.  I had left about half the block for the last few days of the month knowing that I'd have extra time to finish up.


This seam is a combination of Maidenhair stitch with Lazy Daisy and beads.


I used two bird charms that came in the swap box that's making the rounds between some of the Tuesday Stitchers group members.

I finally stitched the morning glory motif in the upper right corner, but tearing away the stabilizer distorted some of the satin stitches.  I pulled them on the back side to straighten them after I took this picture. 


This lace Madonna motif was a gift from my local friend Catherine, who brought it to me from Assisi when she went to Italy last year.  She asked me if I was going to use it in this piece, and at first I said no.  I intended to save it, like a lot of very special things, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized it really needed to go in this project.  Assisi, of course, is the home of St. Francis, and Catherine's gift is one of the inspirations for this whole project.  This very special accent is appliqued down and accented with French knots and Lazy Daisy.

Thanks again Catherine for your thoughtful and inspiring gift.

9 comments:

Carol Neale-Broughton said...

Super block, love the bird charms and your Madonna motif gives great meaning. It's good to use our special things where we can enjoy seeing them and evoking special memories instead of safely tucked away.

Cy said...

Oh this is so lovely Barbara. The Madonna motif from Assisi is meant to be there I think.
You have done such beautiful stitching on this block, and those two bird charms are perfect here.

Debra Spincic said...

Good call on the Madonna lace--very pretty and meaningful so She should certainly be used.
I believe the bird charms were from Angela.

Judy S. said...

So pretty, Barbara. The Madonna lace is the perfect touch, and I love the way you embellished it. Glad you added her.

ladyhawthorne said...

That Madonna lace piece is gorgeous, this is such a special crazy quilt.

Suztats said...

It's so nice to be able to use those 'special' items to enhance our blocks. Catherine's gift is just perfect, and I like the way you attached it with a soft and gentle repeat of the pink and green. The bird charms really caught my eye.

Peacock said...

The bird charms are such a perfect fit with this block! and I love the little french knot and detatched chain stitches you used on and around your Madonna lace. The delicacy and color really feels like the perfect touch there!

desertskyquilts said...

I love your treatment on the lace. All the block looks wonderful, but I really like that part.

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Adding the lace piece from your friend Catherine certainly does make your quilt block special. The bird charms are a perfect addition as well. Very nice block.