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:)


11 comments:

  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?

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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!

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  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.

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  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!

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

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

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  10. The tree is lovely and the trunk perfect.

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  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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