Sunday, June 19, 2011

Monster Bubbles 4 + CQ

There was one quirky design from last year's JCS Ornament issue that had been on my 'to-do' list for a while. I just loved 'Four' by Monster Bubbles for the four calling birds with their pretty beaded collars. I stitched it up on a piece of 32 count linen from Vikki Clayton and then I waited for inspiration to call me so I could finish it. I decided to try something new for me and see if I could make a kind of Crazy Quilt block. I cut the stitched design into a 5-sided shape and used the sew and flip method of foundation piecing to create the block. Then I used some embroidery stitches as seam treatments... closed blanket stitch, blanket pin wheels, coral stitch, spiny chain stitch and a poor imitation of the cretan stitch. Nothing perfect like the way Pam Kellogg would do it with waste canvas. Just my eyeballing everything. And I only barely read instructions for sew and flip.. just muddled through on my own. The charm is a little heart from Blue Moon. Special thanks to Kerry for all the stitch ideas in the sidebar on her blog. This finish is going to Attic Needlework for their annual Breast Cancer fundraiser.


24 comments:

Margaret said...

Ok, that is amazing. Just stunning. I just love what you did!!! I love the design too, but the crazy quilt that you made around it. Wow!

Nancy said...

A gorgeous ornament Annie, and I love the way you finished it. So pretty and so creative! I think one of the most beautiful things about something handmade is the imperfections. Don't you love Monsterbubbles designs from JCS? I have a few on my to do list, but I have gotten so behind in my ornament stitching.

Melanie said...

That is FANTASTIC!!!

Miss 376 said...

That's turned out really well, you should do it again sometime. It looks fantastic

mbroider said...

Somehow the last 2 comments did not go through, LOL.

Love your project. Both the design and the finish are beautiful!!

ArchangelDecker said...

I love how you finished this off. It's so pretty! :)

Farm Girl said...

WOW that is such a cool finish! Your embroidery stitches are perfect. Well done!

Pumpkin said...

Well I think it's fantastic Annie and very unique indeed :o) You did a perfect job on those stitches as far as I'm concerned!

geeky Heather said...

That finish is glorious. I love that ornament as well, and I think your finish perfectly compliments the whimsical design! I love the stitches you chose for the edgings. Major kudos!

Mylene said...

You are very creative, so neatly finished...looks beautiful.

Carol said...

What a great finish, Annie--I love those specialty stitches--they really add so much to the whole appearance! And they look pretty darn amazing to my eye :) The colors you chose to do the crazy quilt portion are just perfect--hope it brings in some big bucks for the breast cancer auction!

Liz said...

The four calling birds are adorable. You do find the neatest patterns! And I think putting them in the center of a crazy patch was inspired. As always, you've done a great job.

Brigitte said...

What a lovely ornament this is. And so beautifully and creatively finished. Wonderful.

♥ Nia said...

I just saw your post on PPCBF blog! Great work sweetie! :D
Very creative! I really like those seams!! :)
Hugs&smiles to you

Karen said...

I love this, Annie, it's fantastic!

Gina E. said...

It really is gorgeous, Annie! CQ around a focal point of cross stitching looks great; I've plans for several of my old cross stitch finishes that I can't think what to do with!

Sandra said...

Wow! Great finish Annie! Crazy quilting is gorgeus.

Thanks for the link. Now that I'm experimenting with embroidery it will come handy.

Annette said...

Wow how beautifull...Love the design and your sewing skills are really beautifull!!!

Vinniey said...

I love love your beautiful finish, Annie! Very nice fabric combination, love the colors. Your embroidery stitches are gorgeous. Well done! :)

CalamityJr said...

That's a gorgeous finish - don't put yourself down!

KarenV said...

What a fantastic finish Annie! You're so inventive; I would never have thought of anything like that and it fits the stitched piece so perfectly. Great job!

Siobhan said...

Oh my gosh!! That is amazing! I love the way you finished it--great idea.

Terri M said...

Beautiful, Annie! WTG. Very nice.

nima said...

wow..that's lovely...i love the cq too...i have not tried yet...you have inspired me to try it