Sunday, April 01, 2012

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.


Catherine Arnold said...

Such fun to watch the way your work grows and changes. I love the French knots. Can't wait to see it for real!

Rian said...

I'm glad you brought the gift out and used it. I love the way you used the French knots to secure it. Well done!

beth said...

Love your stitches. I want to see ALL the blocks together!!!

jenclair said...

Such a beautiful block!

Judy S. said...

Love your work, Barbara. Have a wonderful Easter!

Magpie Sue said...

Wow, where have I been?! I almost missed these final touches to your March block. I am in love with that lace applique from your friend Catherine. What a special gift, and what a beautiful embellishment. Wish I knew someone going to Assisi, I'd have them pick one up for me!