Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Winter Wonderland Exhibition Now Online, Curved CQ Piecing and Goodies

Hello Everyone,  I took some time off from blogging to rest a bit and spend some time just relaxing. I have been losing myself in my sewing room and stitching away along with reading my other passion. 

One project I just finished is My Submission called "Bavaria Winter Wonderland" found at the International  Winter Wonderland Exhibition. There is 20 art pieces interperting this theme. There will be 3 prizes awarded.  So go and have a look and enjoy. Click on the large words "Winter Wonderland underlined above and it will take your directly to the Exhibition site. And "Please" vote before you leave. You can vote by clicking on the small dot beside my Name Judy Grant and then scrolling down and clicking on VOTE!! I would greatly appreciate your support. Thanks  I have been very humbled by all the votes my wonderful and kind readers haved casted for my Bavaria Winter Wonderland. They are all greatly appreciated.

I have been doing the flip and sew method of crazy quilting for sometime.  I have always admired projects I see that have used curved piecing but thought it would be to difficult and time comsuming to attempt.  Yesterday I decided the time has come to give CQ Curved Piecing a try.  Above is my first attempt which I found a bit fustrating but still I truly enjoyed the process. The block is 8 inches by 8 inches.  The theme is a secret to be revealed at a later date.  So I would love to receive my reader's opinions on how they think my first attempt turn out and if they have any suggestions on how to improve my beginning skills. Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

The above photo is of two pillow cases I made for my granddaughter Chloe.  Her room is painted that lovely pastel green.  I made one pillow case with the plaid and the other pink and mixed the two fabric at the top. They are so nice and soft. I also made a baby doll blanket from the same fleece fabric.
I went into the big city last week and while there I stop to visit my favorite thread shop called "Peacock Alley". I love metallic threads and I found some I did not have in my stash. The lower right 4 threads are called Kreinik Fine Braid Overdyed Metallic. I just love those colors.  The botton roll of three spools of glittery metallic threads are called Micro Ice Chenille. I have never seen them before so they were a must have too. Of course all of these lovely flosses were bought with my Crazy Quilt Of My Dream Project in mind.


I discovered a new blog called "Maureen's Vintage Acquisitions" and I could not resist buying the above to dye for Ombre Picot Edge Ribbons.  I have seen them used on other projects but never seen them for sale before.  Well as you can see I have many lovely luscious colors to work with now.  I have often heard my crazy quilting friends talk about "Sassa Lynne Fine Perle Cotton Flosses" as being wonderful to stitch with and I was pleasantly surprised to find them at Maureen's site. I decided on the very lovely hand dyed colors of pinks and lavenders botton left. I also found some other very lovely ribbons called "Savoir Faire by The Thread Gatherer" and decided to give them a try too. I love adding silkies to my projects and I could not resist buying these beautiful antique silkies in a lovely Thistle and Rose.  Oh, how I wish I knew how to create silkies If anyone knows of a tutorial using windows 7 or Element 8 software I would appreciate knowing about them.  Thanks. 

I think this long cold winter has been getting to me so hence I have been spending way to much time looking on the internet and finding lovely things to buy. I found some more wonderful Pearl Metallic Cotton #5 in silver and gold and I can hardly wait to use them.  I also found a very unique item called "Silked Wrapped Pearl Purl" in some yummie colors of Pale Pink, Pearl Pink, Green, and Rose Mauve. They are manufacture in England I have no idea how to use them so if any of my wonderful blogging friends have used them on their projects I would love to hear about them. I would also love to see some photos too.  Thanks.

Of course you all know we are planning a trip to the most glorious place.  So please stop by again to see the progress of my Crazy Green Gables Mini Quilt project. I hope you all who are going through the dreadful Winter season is surving, I am sad to say I am barely hanging on and everyday I am thankful we are one day closer to Spring.  

Thanks for stopping in to visit my blog and I look forward to reading your comments, and suggestions. 



Beautiful colours and fabrics Judy x

Carolyn ♥

ps. I'm having a giveaway on my blog ... ends on Valentine's Day!

Jasmine said...

You have een missed dear Judy :)

i love the curved theme. Looks like a ladscape with a lake. I would stick with the irregulararity of the curves. it looks more organic. Little in nature is truly symetrical. Depending upon when your deadline is you could slow stitch a singular simplified shape onto each square? Not in the centre, moving the position in each one, but maybe a tree in one, a silhouette animal in another? Or keep the theme true to one item for strength in continuity?

I can't wait to see what happens with this piece, very inspiring xJ

Heather said...

Well Judy, it is so nice to see a post from you, I, for one, have missed your lovely blog posts. I will be checking out your winterland project as soon as it is up. Your curved CQ looks fantastic... I can't figure out what it will be, and am anxious to see how you progress. What a lovely stash of goodies you have acquired, they are all so very lovely. Looking forward to seeing your PEI mini-quilt. Hang in there, spring is just around the cornerl (at least for some of us, LOL!)... Hugs.

Wendy said...

You did a wonderful job on curves for your first time. The more you do the easier it gets. You should also try this same technique with flip and sew to add curved seams. Good luck in your adventure. I too want to go to PEI one day. I love Anne of Green Gables too.

meri said...

Wow! So many beautiful things you've bought!!!
Can't wait to see your next works.
Your CQ Curved piecing looks great to me!

Dena said...

I have had so much fun browsing your blog this morning. Your work is spectacular. Thank you for sharing.

Miss 376 said...

Looks like you will be having some fun with these threads. Look forward to seeing what you do with them.

GailM. said...

I'm glad you posted again, and what a fun filled blog post it is. I love the curvy piece. I can see where one could lose a few hours trying to figure out what would go where!!! What a fun lot of new embellishments you have. You must have one yummy stash! Do you have an inkjet printer. I bought some Dover clipart some time ago, and I put them in a MS Word document. I had intended to print them, but I never did it. I have the nice silk on printer paper and everything. Now, I don't have a color printer, just a black and white laser.

I'll look at the link for the online exhibition this evening. Fun

RagJó said...

Oh this is a wonderful post! Beautiful threads and silk ribbons mmmm very inspiring :-)
I love your start of a quilt, I look forward to see more as the work progresses. Lovely color combination and nice and soft curves :-)
Beautiful and cozy looking pillow cases too! must be nice in the cold weather.
About the silks: There is one website I do love. just have a look ...! Check out her YouTube videos on how to work the stitches :-) Enjoy!!
Hang in there, spring is almost here!
Oh and all you readers, check out the competition, some beautiful work there and I do love Judy´s picture. It has such wonderful feeling of winter. You sure do know how cold the snow is Judy. Your piece is beautiful!:-)
Love and hugs

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Everyone, What a lovely surprise this morning to see all your lovely kind messages. They all warmed my heart. They all are greatly appreciated. Thanks for the advice about my curved piecing and about silkies. Much appreciated. Hugs Judy

Carol Lawecki said...

HI JUDY!! Oh my, lots of eye candy here. Lots of new threads and embleshments to play with. I love the soft colors you have chosen for your projects. And your Bavaria Winter Wonderland is awesome. I love how this looks with the different textures to the piece and I love the beaded tree!! I don't know how you make something like this, but it looks like it would take a long time to create this beautiful piece. I just voted for you and hope you win. Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy Valentine's Day!!

Maureen said...

Have visited your Bavaria wonderland - really pretty, nice to see you back again I was wondering where you were. Good luck with the curves - you are brave!!

Charmingdesigns said...

Hi Judy, Thanks for coming by, I love your piece! I'm kinda tossing around the idea of not blogging for a few months. We're cleaning out to make a move to So. Calif this summer. Big task ahead. But, blogging keeps me grounded and in touch with friends.

Kayla coo said...

Hi Judy,
Your curved piecing is very interesting,beatiful colours,could it be a landscape?
I am desperate for spring too,I'm fed up with our cold,bleak Winter.
M x

Bev C said...

Hello Judy, I just love your curved piecing, something knew to us is always time consuming the first time,it will be easier the next time!!!! I can see you using some of those threads making the block into a beautiful Spring Garden.Happy stitching.

Jane said...

Gorgeous block and embellishments Judy. Any GD would love those pillowcases you made, so cute. Thanks for sharing your submission to the "HEN" Contest,you captured winter beautifully.

Anonymous said...

Hi Judy from 3c. Cornwall.
Found the bunny in the winter wonderland (he has a pink nose). I like your choice of felts and blends they give it the atmosphere of soft and quiet snowfall.
Facinated by all the embroidery stitches you used and thankyou for introducing me to the hand embroidery network site. Enjoy your curvy patchwork hope it goes well. bye from Carol.

Solstitches said...

Wow Judy, what lovely new stash you have been gathering :)
I shall look forward to seeing how you use this as I know that whatever you create it will be beautiful.
I enjoyed the Winter Wonderland exhibition. My vote, of course, went to you ;)

shiren said...
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Beth Lea said...

Hi Judy
Wow what lovely colours and textures!
Wish you well in the Wonderland competition...

acornmoon said...

You got my vote Judy! I especially like the little beaded tree.

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acornmoon said...

Congratulations, you just won my blog giveaway!

Susan Kaul said...

hello Judy, This is Susan, we met Saturday at Judy Lessard's home. I think your site is so pretty, your birthday do over is lovely. And Iwent over to the contest and saw your beautiful entry. So very lovely. I gave you my very big vote. You are doing well! Very glad to have met you and happy you are friends with our cousin Judy.

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Everyone, I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to visit my blog and also to go to the Winter Wonderland Exhibition site and voting for my fiber art piece. Greatly appreciated. Hugs Judy

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