September 1, 2012

Debra: Aug Reveal TAST & CQJP

This may be my favorite block to date. I love the restrained look and blue green is an all-time favorite color of mine.

The rick rack Pekinese band in the right hand corner forced me to rethink my idea for this block.  I ended up staying very close to a monochromatic color scheme and let the white become dramatic.  I feel I successfully accomplished my idea of 2 rings around the center.  The 1st with the black and white and the 2nd with the bold white embroidered treatments and/or embellishments.







 




As always, your comments are welcome!

18 comments:

ladyhawthorne said...

So many pretty elements! I think my favorite is in the last photo, the branches with the coral looking flowers.

Carol Neale-Broughton said...

Have to agree with Angela, this is also my favourite. The combination of stitches and embellishments make this a really attractive section. I also like the strong seam of straight stitches, buttons and french knots on the last but one photo. Awesome August made more so by your busy designing/sewing schedule coupled with life seeming to conspire against you at times.

Debra Spincic said...

I used a few of Carole's templates--the serpentine chain stitch & that Holbein seam treatment were from the templates.

I found it educational to stitch the cast ons in 2 threads and to see the difference. I'm going to use that seam treatment alot more in future stitchings.

Judy S. said...

What a fun block, Debra! And here you led us to believe you weren't doing much stitching.... I love the way you used buttons with your stitches, especially the little flower ones. But then, Madame Butterfly is awfully cute. I also really like the way you used your stitches to attach and decorate the rick rack. Note to self: try that. You must have a huge collection of neat stuff...like the "sew" buttons (are they buttons?) and all those neat machine embroidery choices. Nice job!

Barbara C said...

Really nice, your piecing in this block is really fun, and compliments the jazzy sewing machine nicely. You used a great variety of stitches. I find myself running out of stitch ideas until I force myself to thumb through a few books.

Debra Spincic said...

I am trying to build a stash of seam treatments that I can "go to" consistently without having to refer to reference books. That's been my goal with this challenge this year and here we are in the beginning of the 4th quarter and I feel like I finally understand them and can pull a few out of my needle.

It will be interesting when all the blocks are together to see how often I have used the same ideas. I know I will need to expand the stash constantly.

Debra Spincic said...

I am desperately trying to use up the CQ stash items. I have a few themes I keep buying for--the projects are considerably smaller than the amount of supplies! So now I know I don't need one more thing!

I have changed my mind about this project and plan to turn it into a wallhanging for my studio instead of a book I will never look at again. Toward this new idea, I think I will be able to use up the remaining black and white ribbons I have & hopefully then, move onto another stashbusting idea. (Famous last words, probably!)

Those little flower buttons are beads from a little girl's thrifted bracelet. I thought they added nice interest to the sheaf stitch seam. Those "sew buttons" are scrapbooking letters with long prongs I poked through the fabric.

Debra Spincic said...

Thanks, Angela! I really like that cast on stitch now!

Debra Spincic said...

I did want to say that I have enjoyed using my button collection. I decided to go ahead and really use them on this project. I am not enjoying them in a box stored on a shelf. When this is a wallhanging hanging across from my longarm, I can further enjoy them.

Another thing I have learned with this challenge, is to use what I love & give it a 2nd life where I can enjoy it. It's tough for those of us who like to hoard our "good stuff" for a better, nicer, prettier project. But, maybe this the better, nicer, prettier project! What's the point of saving those supplies anyway? They are made to be used. Lots of vintage buttons have gone into this challenge. I know I would never have another opportunity to use a very dark green large button so it found a place on this block. Tickled me pink!

Judy S. said...

So glad you're making a wall hanging. It'll be a perfect addition to your factory, er, studio. Your productivity continues to amaze me! And everything is so well done.

Debra Spincic said...

Factory--that's about right!!

ladyhawthorne said...

I read once that Audrey Hepburn used her best china and silverware everyday because she thought it was silly to only drag them out once a year. I have always liked that notion. If you can't see it and enjoy it, then why have it?

cq4fun said...

The block is beautiful. I particularly liked the close-up of the Holbein seam, because I like seeing how that simple stitch can become dramatic and beautiful.

Debra Spincic said...

Thanks, probably an underused stitch.

Cy said...

Your machine embroidered central patch is very funky. Goes well with the rest of the embellishing treatments. I particularly love the design of this block (the two rings encompassing the central block).
All that lovely hand-stitching Debra, what a joy to see.
Yes, I think this CQJP has been a great eye-opener for me too with regard to using stitches that I have overlooked before, and I can now turn out my (new) favourites quick and easy.

Peacock said...

I really like the two rows of blanket stitch with their teeth interlocking. This is going to be a truly fabulous wall hanging! It will be so rewarding to see it every day once it hangs in your studio. :)

Debra Spincic said...

Next month's motif is more victorian. This wallhanging will definitely be covering all the bases!

Thanks, Cy!

Debra Spincic said...

Yes, since the studio is my space I like to have things in there I enjoy. This will be fun to see as a yearlong work -- both learning and sharing with this group. Warm fuzzies!