Through Your Eyes Challenge: If You Can Imagine It, CQ It
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Please find my entry to your contest, being a CQ Purse which I have made. Measurements being 10" long x 4 1/4" wide. I would like to enter it into "Through Your Eyes Challenge" contest - closing date 1st December 2004. I would like to enter into the novice section - I have only been doing CQ for just on 12 months. My project being in the theme of "Garden of Delights" I have scanned three pictures one of each side of my purse and a close up of the main feature.
Attached I have three photos of my entry to the CQ MAgazine Online contest. "Autumn Leaves" is the title. It is a 12"x10" block. I am entering in the Novice category as I first crazy quilted earlier the summer of 2004. The all-over pic shows the colors better. I'm still trying to understand my digital camera so the close-ups are a little fuzzy and a little washed out.
I would very much like to enter "through your eyes challenge, if you can imagine it" contest, I would like to enter my first effort at doing crazy patchwork, my entry is a tote purse,
I send you photos of my block that I've just completed it today. I've been doing CQ since Feb.2004, this is my third block. The Victorian Elegance has been always influenced me and I've created this block as being my first big project. I'll use block as pillow, I made a dark blue frame and stitched lace to cover the borders. I didn't use machine, I stitched everything by hand. I've crocheted miniature hat and boot, as well. Could you please register my name into the Novice category.
I have been crazy quilting since half year. At the first I beginning small project a wall hanging in memory of my mom. But I am to unversed to cq. And know the wall hanging is waiting to finished. In the internet I find different pages to see and learn more about cq. So I found your beautiful Magazine. I am to observe your online-magazine. My English is not so good that I understand not all your article and it is a little bit difficult to translate it. But it was a big help to look at your photo archive. Thank you very much!!!! I have send you 3 photo's of my last project. It is a Pajama bag for my daughter.
Here is my entry. I've submitted three views from different angles. One of those inspirations that hit when I wake up at 2:30/3:00 in the morning and can't go back to sleep. It was fun to make. I've been doing BE about 1 year and CQ about 5 months. And the piece is all my design.
I have been CQ'ing for over a year; however, I get to
practice my hobby so rarely that I feel like a novice.
This is an 8" bag which I made for a friend who lives in Albuquerque. The
theme is New Mexico: there is an armadillo charm on the end of a dangle on
the front flap, under the flap I have done a SRE of a Yucca plant, and
on the back of the bag I have outline stitched a coyote, representing
The Trickster God, and Kokopelli, a fertility spirit. I have used a
This is a Needlebook that I have made in 2004. (Designer - Julie Craig, Attic Heirlooms, Wichita, KS.) I attended a class in her shop in March 2004 and started to make this. I have finished it at home through out the year. MY GODEY LADY NEEDLEBOOK This Needlebook is 8 1/2" X 7 1/2" when it is closed. It opens to 8 1/2" X 14 1/2". It is made of dark green crushed velvet on the outside, and dupioni silk on the inside. Embellishments include the Godey Lady Print, dyed to match lace, beads, metallic thread, silk ribbon folded roses and 2 Victorian era metal motifs. The fastener is a roll of the crushed velvet and sewed up in a round knob. The loop that buttons around it is the same material so it just looks one row larger when it is fastened. This is a close up of the embellishing on the Godey Print on the front of the needlebook. This is the needlebook opened. As you can see, there are several pockets, etc., to keep your sewing tools in. A cord made of the green crushed velvet holds the bobbins of thread. It is fastened on one end with a pin, so that the threads can be replaced if needed. All of the pocket flaps and the scissors are held in place with a silk ribbon tied in a bow. The needlebook is made completely by hand.
My block is titled "Storm at Sea" and what I feel it may be like with the winds so strong blowing from a darkened sky. Of course, there would be all sorts of things spilling overboard and wrecked ships and who knows maybe some of those imaginative mermaids and sea horses! Aye, a lot of loot such as coins and pearls! A pirates dream! I saw this tie with the schooner at a yard sale and immediately knew I would use it for a fun block. I crazy pieced it, I did trapunto on the schooners sails, hand beaded, and embroidered with some machine embroidery. I had a great time doing it, like going on my own personal treasure hunt. This piece is going on a very old square chest that my grand uncle made for my mother when she was a single woman. I have all sorts of old treasures in there, like my wedding gown and the babies christening gowns.
I have been in touch with Nancy and as my Victorian Rosebuds Lampshade measures 10 Inches tall plus 2 inches of bead fringing it will be suitable to enter in the competition. I had this idea of a Victorian CQ lampshade for some time and this was the perfect opportunity to do one. It is Cqed in shades of creams and gold, embellished with SRE rosebuds in shades of pinks and purples with a different beaded and embellished motif on each panel, and gold charms with a gold beaded spider for good luck. I also beaded the 2 inch fringe around the lamp.
This is the peach block I did. Most of the materials are from Random Acts of Kindness (RAOK) gifts and swaps. I am sending all three pictures, the whole piece framed and two close ups in this email.
I made a 9 inch square crazy quilt block - embellished one half of it, folded it over and sewed it along the side and bottom, lined it and attached plaited braid to make a crazy quilt spectacle pouch. The block was made a few weeks ago and I finished it just yesterday so it was definitely made in 2004 and has not been published elsewhere.
Sunset on the Seafloor: For the first image. Of late, I have been fascinated with seascapes. Under the sea, we are not bound by things we see around us each day such as trees and flowers. Our imagination can go free. Just imagine if we could see a sunset on the ocean floor.
So far I guess I would call it a crazy quilt block ... but it is actually going to (eventually) become the middle of a bigger quilt (one to hang on the wall) ... the quilt may or may not have more crazy on it ... so far it is going to be a white background with this bit made into the bit in the middle of a star - the points will be more of the blue/green/purple fabrics. I have not actually named the quilt, that this thingy is going to be the middle of, yet (sometimes the name comes before I make the quilt, other times it comes later <g>) ... so I suppose "Thingy" will do for now if my entry needs a name <vbg>. btw ... I didn't use any pattern - just made it up as I went. I also tatted that little motif thingy that I made into a sort of flower at the bottom of the heart. Oh ... and I guess I have to be in the "Experienced" category - I have been dabbling in crazy quilting for more than a year.
Here is my entry. It is a 6 1/2" X 7" sewing case with pincushion, scissor holder, needle felt pad and thread holder.
Christmas Stocking, on which I tried to do many different techniques. It is my own challenge. There is punch embroidery, stumpwork, silk ribbon embroidery and applied large embellishments, such as folded roses and charms. I named it Opus 6.
This "Through Your Eyes Challenge" is a personal challenge for me as I am partially blind. I lost all central vision to a disease called AMD (Wet Macular Degeneration), and use special equipment, lighting and magnifiers to sew with. This little Crazy quilt was made for my Victorian dollhouse in 1" scale. The hardest "challenge" is to finish something, knowing that now that the quality can never be what I am capable of if I had my sight. This quilt measures 7x8" Is all done by hand...with over 100 patches. Approx. 80% of the seams and patches are embellished with stitching, beading and mini charms.
This crazy quilt is in memory of a friend who (like many others) lost her battle with breast cancer. When she felt well enough she always wanted to go to her garden. Now I know she waits in this magical garden for all of the rest of us to arrive.
Life is short: This block takes its name from the print in the center which reads " Life is short, oh may it be full of happiness to thee." Almost all the fabrics and trims in this block were gifts or raoks. I like to challenge myself with each block I make and this one contains some curved pieces. It is the first time I have used curved pieces in a cq block. The block is 12 inches square and will be framed.
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