Category Archives: Embroidery

CQJP and TAST week 34


The Take A Stitch Tuesday embroidery

stitch for week 34 was another new one for me, called  Linked Double Chain.  I don’t think I did it quite right…but I did it.





I used the Linked Double Chain Stitch on the 4th of my August Crazy Quilt Journal Project block .   I have another weeks stitch to add before my August block will be complete.



CQJP March and TAST week 11

The Take A Stitch Tuesday stitch for week 11 was a stitch with a number of different names.   Whipped spiders wheel, raised spider’s web wheel,  ribbed wheel and back stitched spider’s web.  After finishing my sample I realized I had worked mine upside down!  So I added a few done the correct way.  I liked doing this stitch both ways…. but I have to admit the right way was the better way. 



                                         Back Stitched Spider’s Web



On the third quarter of my Crazy Quilt Journal Project I used the Back Stitched Spider’s Web… well as doing it upside down.  I liked the part I did first to well to take it out.  This is a new stitch for me and I really enjoyed doing it.  I used it to make shamrocks.  Than I tatted a couple of small shamrocks as well.    I also used the running stitch and couching stitch, as well as adding some rick rack and lace.



CQJP March and TAST week 9

The Take A Stitch Tuesday stitch for week 9 was the Couching stitch.  I enjoyed this stitch.  




On the first quarter of my Crazy Quilt Journal Project I used the Couching stitch to attach one and two pieces of craft thread with embroidery floss.  I also attached rickrack in the same way.  Lastly I added a tatted lizard to my block.




I am excited to be working on my third  CQJP block!

CQJP February and TAST Week 6


The stitch for week 6 of the Take A Stitch Tuesday  challenge was the Chevron stitch. 






On the 2nd quarter of my Crazy Quilt Journal Project I used both a Chevron stitch and Chevron stitch half.   I used a Buttonhole stitch  to applique

fabric hearts to the block.



CQJP January and TAST Week 4

The stitch for week 4 was the Cretan stitch which is related to the Buttonhole stitch.  It was used on the Island of Crete for centuries to decorate their clothing.  I still prefer the plain Buttonhole stitch.  I liked the way the stitches put together made a chicken wire design.  I do admire what others are doing with their stitches!



                                                                                                           Cretan Stitch



I used the Cretan Stitch on the 4th quarter of my January Crazy Quilt Project.  I added silver rickrack and some plain Buttonhole Stitch as well.





My JANUARY CRAZY QUILT square is finished!  I am making one 12 inch square a month so I am off to a good start.



CQJP January and TAST Week 2

The TAST stitch for week  2 was Buttonhole stitch.  I tried several variations.

Sewing my own clothes as a teenager I made many buttonholes but didn’t know anything about variations.



                                            BUTTONHOLE STITCH


I used the buttonhole stitches on a quarter of  my January CQJP crazy quilt block.


                                         CQJP  JANUARY BLOCK


I decided to participate in the Crazy Quilt Journal Project which means sewing one block a month for the year.

I will also be taking part in the Take A Stitch Tuesday,  which involves using a different embroidery stitch each week during the year. 

It made sense to combine the two challenges into one so I plan to use the stitches for the month in the block I will be making each month.  I plan to keep my

blocks and stitches fairly simple in order to fit my busy schedule.  Being retired and living in an RV full time really keeps me busy. 


January is here and I have been working on my first crazy quilt block which is a winter block with stars and snowflakes in blues.

The first stitch was a Fly stitch.  I had never used this stitch before.  I have only used two variations of the stitch in my sample.


                                                                                                         FLY STITCH


I have done a fourth of my Crazy Quilt Block.    My blocks will be 12 inch blocks when completed.  I have included a white tatted snowflake in the first quarter of my block.


                                                                                               CRAZY QUILT BLOCK


Not being very familiar with crazy quilting I looked at some books for ideas. In “The Magic of Crazy Quilting” by J. Marsha Michler she showed four methods.

  In “The Magic of Crazy Quilting” by  J. Marsha Michler  she showed four methods.    I decided to try each method  by making a potholder or hot pad from each method.


                                                                                                   The Magic of Crazy Quilting


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Since I am going to participate in the CQJP  (Crazy Quilt Journal Project) I thought doing the smaller pieces would be helpful.