Monday, August 25, 2014

Intermediate Crazy Quilting Class - Task 3: Trees, Task 4: Spider's Web With Vine and Task 5: Spider - Completed

I decided to do my twisted tree on the "verging on ugly" block. I used chenille for the trunk which I twisted and then couched down. Chenille is not the easiest material to work with but I persevered. I chose it because I thought this block needed substance....nothing too lacey:) I then tacked down my silk leaves. 

Still verging on ugly.
The embroidered tree was a piece of cake after wrestling with the twisted tree and the chenille. I used two strands of embroidery thread and some seed beads.

There will be other stuff added later:) I might also add more leaves.
Task 4 and 5 were done together as they are a unit....a spider's web with vine and the spider to go in it:)

I'm going to add a few flowers to the vine but I thought I'd wait to see what else I'm going to put on this block. I had originally chosen the beads you see as my spider's body but in the end I decided to use a much smaller bead for the head. It suits the scale much better.

I wasn't enthused about putting a spider on my CQ block but it's a traditional motif.  I absolutely hate spiders with a passion ever since I had a run in with a Tarantula. A friend had one as a pet and as a joke put it on my arm when I wasn't looking. I think everyone in the neighbourhood must have heard me scream. I cringe every time I think about it. Yuck!!!!!

So I'm off to do Task #6 which is a monogram.We've been given lots of choices and we have free rein on method and materials.

Take care:)


  1. It's coming along nicely. I am taking a break from beginner to intermediate. I am almost finished my block. Have you found another source for silk ribbon?

  2. Your trees are both wonderful - I especially like the twisted chenille version. I haven't tried that so you've inspired me to give it a go sometime.

  3. That wrapped tree is a work of art all on it's own. I agree that substance was the way to go for the block. The embroidered tree is exquisite. I do like spiders, even real ones, and I adore the web. I'm sorry someone gave you such a bad experience with a tarantula. If they'd been smarter you might have learned to appreciate the furry, not so little creature.

  4. I like the embroidered tree SO much. Those lovely pink beads and small leaves are beautiful. I too hate live spiders, but I absolutely love spiders on CQ. Probably because I love Halloween so much. BUT.. I LOVE live butterflies and HATE butterfly motifs..go figure.

  5. Wow! That chenille tree trunk is really cool, but I do appreciate the work that went into that!

    Your spider is very good--even if I don't like spiders either. Yuck!

  6. I hope you are having some fun and it isn't all frustrating for you. I am still having fun but had my frustrations today as well.

  7. The chenille trunk is fabulous Mary Ann, great texture! And I don't think that block is ugly at all :O) I hear you about the spiders, not a fan myself. My cousin had a 'pet' tarantula too and she used to think it was hilarious to scare the living bejeesus out of us all. Not funny then, not funny now!

  8. There are some beauties there! I like the embroidered tree as well.

  9. Your trees are lovely - great work. I especially love the vine and web and the spider is so brilliant. A 'friend'? xx

  10. The tree is lovely and the trunk perfect.

  11. Your CQ blocks are coming along beautifully. Even though I also hate spiders, it looks great!

    I know all about Tarantulas (and rattle snakes), I grew up in California and there were some under my friends crawl space. No wonder you hate spiders!


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