January 14, 2014

Cy ~ Goals - Ideas - Plans - Dreams

Hi everyone, I'm back from my hols, and raring to stitch.
If you would like to see some of my holiday pics I have a separate post HERE

Plans, Ideas, Goals & Dreams

This year I am going to make another crazy quilt.
It will differ from my last one in a few ways; colourstyletheme, and process.

My colour scheme this year is going to be from 
purple through pinksredsoranges, yellows and golds 
and will probably include some blackwhite and neutrals too.

The style will be slightly traditional in its overall look but probably will not be labelled traditional, and may even be classed as contemporary. 
Perhaps "rustic" or "naive" might fit what I have in mind for it.
Those of you who know me well will know that Free Form Stitching will play a big part in the crazy quilt too.

As for the theme - it will be  Straight From The Heart 
with a hint of love, 
so hearts, flowers, birds, doves, music,
names, monograms, poems, quotes & symbols,
will be included in the embroidery and embellishing, hopefully without too much gush or frills.

THE PROCESS of creating the Crazy Quilt (bed quilt) 
will be a different way of working for me. 
I have thought, long and hard, about what other commitments I have this year, and how I am going to get my stitching fix when I am travelling back and forth to Hawkes Bay with the house moving process (which we anticipate will take us most of the year to sort out).
So I have planned a crazy quilt that I can create in small pieces each week (small enough to keep in my handbag) and then, hopefully once a month, attach each small piece to a bed-sized whole-cloth backing fabric.
Oh, a couple of other things about these small  STITCHERY'S  - 
They will be of irregular shapes and sizes as befits a crazy quilt. 
The background fabric will have to fit into a 6" embroidery hoop. 
The motifs & symbols etc. will be stitched all over them before being attached to the backing, butting up against the straight edge of the next Stitchery. 
Straight running stitch will be used to attach the Stitcheries to the backing. 
Raw edges will be showing.

This is what I have managed so far over the last two weeks while we were in Hawkes Bay.

I started with a heart that I appliqued with blanket stitch to a dusky pink velvet base fabric, then hand stitched a meander over the heart, and added some raised circles in pink.

I crocheted a couple of flower shapes. 

Then added the heart outline, latticework, another crochet shape, buttons, beads and French Knots etc.
Week One complete. 

Week Two started with another heart, but a braid one this time.

Then came a swirly thing in pink and black, and another latticework pattern that was inspired and developed from the pattern on the fabric.

A random bit of crocheting created the appliqued purple piece.
Then came some Lazy Daisy flowers to fill the empty space on the right.

Both of these Stitchery's are about 5 inches square. I will cut them in different shapes with 3, 4, 5, or 6 sides, depending on what shape is needed to fit all the Stitchery's onto my backing fabric.

I anticipate making at least one small Stitchery each week, sometimes more than one if I have time. This means that I will have something to show each week, hopefully.

And I will have a goal of attaching a months worth of Stitchery's to the backing for a 
 monthly reveal 
and to show how the quilt is progressing.

Other projects for the year include:

The annual challenge for a Freeform Fiberart work with the International Free Form Fiberarts Guild - theme this year is One Colour, 
Deadline = 1 May.

Edit and create the official book for the above challenge. 
Deadline = 1 June.

Learn how to tat.

Make crocheted garments and publish more patterns for my Etsy shop and Ravelry.

De-clutter the house to make it presentable to prospective purchasers.

I think I have a busy year ahead.


Debra Spincic said...

I certainly like your new idea. Something similar has been bubbling in the back of my brain for awhile too (the attaching patches to a background idea).

Go For it! Seems it will suit you fine!

cq4fun said...

I think you do, too! This is taking the crocheted piece a step farther, isn't it? Some great stitching in there and the hearts to unify things - it's going to be an interesting year! Tatted heart by the end, eh? =)

Cyra said...

I'm not very good at finishing projects (no, really!!), so I thought that if I attached the completed Stitchery's to the backing, then I wouldn't need to spend time joining blocks etc. or adding sashing and borders. My idea for the Stitchery's is that when I have covered the backing fabric, the quilt will be finished as it is, and I can put it straight on my bed, lol.

Cyra said...

Yes, hopefully a tatted heart would be a great addition, and will add to my "I can do anything" list.
(Positive thinking)

Debra Spincic said...

I totally get that idea. You might want the backing to be a quilted bedspread so you have some structure to support the embellished squares. I expect they are going to get heavy.

Cyra said...

True, it might get a bit heavy. I was thinking I would use a new fleece blanket. Do you think that would be sturdy enough?

ladyhawthorne said...

The hearts are all superb! Can't wait to see more throughout the year.

QuiltingFitzy said...

I like the way you've got it all mapped out, definitely "sounds like a plan"! Can't wait to see it develop.

I've moved 24 times (so far) so I understand the moving part. As long as you stay organized, you should be great.

Moira said...

Very interesting concept for the stitcheries. I'm looking forward to seeing them as you finish them.

Debra Spincic said...

My prejudice against fleece is that it looks like crap about 3 years later. It pills so badly. That is one of the reasons I can buy used blankets so cheaply at the thrift store. I only use fleece as batting.

To me, you are stitching a piece too precious and time-consuming to attach to fleece.
If you can find a quilted bedspread, you could flip it so the lining is the side you cover. Then the "outer" side would be the back side or decorative side. You could even open the hem and slip your decorated layer in and rehem the sides. You will have to tack your decorated layer down to whatever you choose but you can work that into the design.

Barbara C said...

I like the idea of a rustic CQ. You're off to a very good start.

Suztats said...

Fabulous heart pieces, Cy. This will be amazing, I'm sure, and I love that it's free-form. I like Debra's idea of using a bedspread for support. I'm looking forward to seeing more and getting a weekly heart and eye-candy fix! Let me know if I can help with the tatting....

Cyra said...

Thank you for reminding me of the pilling quality of fleece. You are quite right, it would not wear well over time. I shall be on the lookout for a quilted bedspread that would stabilize the crazy quilting and hold it all together.

Debra Spincic said...

I've also been thinking and maybe a nice piece of wool would work --

Debra Spincic said...

Thinking more about your idea--

What if you pieced some large wool sections together & maybe did a quick embroidery stitch over the seams, then appliqued your embellished pieces to the wool but left some of the wool showing so it was part of the design? (patching on the wool idea) You could have the wool seam allowances come to the front and stitch them down with embroidery so then the back would be flat. The wool would probably be strong enough as a structural base for the embellished patches. And, if you planned a little, the embellished patches would have a natural space delineated by the wool patches.

Cyra said...

Food for thought indeed. I won't be making a hasty decision without weighing up my options.

Cyra said...

Plenty of hearts to create this year in as many different techniques as I can find.

Cyra said...

Thanks Fitzy. I'm reasonably good at keeping my sewing projects organized.... just not so good when it comes to organising life things. Too many variables, and unexpected happenings for it all to run smoothly.

Cyra said...

Thanks Moira. If I keep each stitchery small I have a chance of keeping up with this plan.

Cyra said...

Thanks Barbara. Hopefully I can make the rustic qc work.

Cyra said...

Thank you Suz. I think I found the online tatting class that you mentioned in another post. My first attempts fell apart. I shall try again another day.

Judy S. said...

How fun! I LOVE anything with hearts. It will be interesting to watch your progress on this. Sounds like another busy year ahead!