Sunday, April 10, 2011


Also Happy Pink Saturday!
I have joined this group and Debbie is the person behind it. Debbie's blog is called
"How Sweet The Sound". It is a very lovely blog with many more wonderful blogs listed to visit!

Hello Everyone,


I have been working for the last 3 1/2 months on a Fabric Journal Page that I am calling "Dreaming Of Spring"!  It is the first page of my Journal Book that is going to reflect My Art and My Life with My Sweetie! I have never made a Journal Book before but I have admired many others journal books over the last several years.

The theme of this page title was in my head for all of last Winter so I just had to create a bit of art that would express this idea and feeling.

So to begin I crazy pieced a block in some of my favorite pastel colors that would look like Spring!

This photo is of an up close section of the Crazy Quilt Stitched block.  Top photo is of the Angelina Fiber Pond with rippling waters, colorful grasses and blooms, a couple of bunnies and a hidden Easter Egg. Can anyone find it?

The bottom section of this photo show the Bunny Path with lots of blooming flowers more colorful grasses, more Bunnies, and another hidden Easter Egg.  Can you find this one?

In the photo above you will see an up close of my French Knot Cherry Tree with several shades of pink blossoms. The lovely tatted Butterfly was created by My Friend Wendy from Singapore. Wendy's blog is called,
"Umi & Tsuru" and I am sure you would enjoy visiting it.
In the bottom section of this photo you will find more lovely blooms, and another hidden Easter Egg.  Can you find this one??

On the back of the Journal Page l created a wee Poem I also called, "Dreaming Of Spring" I am not a writer but it also reflects how much I anticipated seeing Spring this Year.

Yes, and finally the finished "Dreaming Of Spring" journal Page. The page is 8 inches wide and 7 1/2 inches long.  It is not your typical page size but I wanted my page sizes bigger so I had more room to stitch on it. 

I used many different kinds of stitches to create this journal page. I used the Scroll, Bullion, French Knot, Raised Chain Band,  Ghiordes Knot, Cast-On Buttonhole, Detached Buttonhole, Drizzle, Long and Short and Up and Down stitch. I have decided with each journal page I will try and learn a new stitch and in this page I used several new ones to me.

I also used many different kinds of threads. For the first time I used Kreinik Micro Ice Chenille thread which I absolutely loved. I used it throughout the whole page using the French Knot stitch and it gave my page so much sparkle to it.  I also used Kreinik Very Fine Braid Metallic thread to do the primitive hand stitching. I also love this thread. Other threads I used are Water Colours by Caron, Threadworx overdyed, Silk and Ivory Stardust, Fuzzy Stuff by Rainbow Gallery, The Thread Gathering Silk N Colors. 

I have been buying both of these Japanese Magazine off and on for many years.  I bought both Quilt Japan and Patchwork Tsushin in the last couple of weeks.  I really love them and they have some wonderful Easter Patterns in them I think I will try to make.  I have bought them on "E-Quilter" and on a Etsy site called,

I would like to thank everyone for letting me know the name of My lovely Pink Begonia.  It is blooming even more now. It is so very Pretty. 

 At Christmas time I bought a Christmas Catus Blush and when I transplanted it all its wee buds that were coming out dropped off so it did not bloom at Christmas. So now you can see it is starting to bloom again.  I look forward to seeing the blooms I just hope that it will bloom for me again this coming Christmas. 

I would like to thank all my Family, Friends and Blogging Friends who visit my blog.   I always truly enjoy reading everyone comments.  

"Tis Friends who make this desert world to blossom as the rose; strew flowers o'er our rugged path, pour sunshine o'er our woes. 

Hugs to everyone, 



Magnolia Tea said...

Hi Judy, Wow, your journal page is beautiful! Sorry, I can't guess where the eggs are since I'm viewing your post on my phone. Wish I Have a great springy week!

Miss 376 said...

What a lovely journal, the stitching is just delightful

MosaicMagpie said...

The stitching is absolutly lovely. I know you are proud of it. So much dimension and interest in it. My grandmother had those same "Christmas Cactus" some of hers bloomed in the spring and she said those were "Easter Cactus". Maybe that is what this one is.

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Everyone, Thanks for the information on the Easter Catus. I have not heard of this kind of catus before. How neat. I am very sad to say I accidently removed someones lovely comment. Please forgive. If you look and do not see your comment know that it was an error. Hugs judy

Dianne said...

Oh Judy, your Dreaming of Spring page is utterly gorgeous. So very pretty. Darned if I can find the eggs though and I even enlarged with Ctr+ and still can't see them!! Thank you for sharing the threads you used - will check them out. Congrats on trying out the different stitches, your cherry tree is magnificent. Di.

Ellen said...

Wow, your Spring Journal is absolutely gorgeous! You are great with the embroidery stitches!


umintsuru said...

Dear Judy,
Your embroidery stitching is exquisite. So many different stitches and all the colours blend so wonderfully. You chose well and the journal page is lovely. I especially like the last line of your poem.

shirley said...

Judy you are a true artist with thread. I just adore your journal cover, and the stitching is to die for. I know some of the threads you use, but will have to check out the Krenich ones.

I am sure that Di would be interested in those wonderful books of Japanese quilting.

Your blog is one of the prettiest around. Congratulations.

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Everyone, Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your very very lovely comments on my Journal Page. They have all made me smile. Hugs Judy

Bev C said...

Hello Judy,

Such a beautiful post, your journal will have many beautiful happy memories. Plus there is a lot of Pink which I love.
Your books from Japan look very interesting,enjoy them.
I especilly loved the quote at the end of the post.
Happy days.

Quayceetatter said...

Beautiful Work!!I like the naked blocks curves and how beautifully you have embroidered them!! My all thoes french knots sure makes it a beautiful cherry tree. Thanks for sharing all the threads and stitches you used. Your poem adds the final touch. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous work!!!
Linda M in NM

karen said...

wow!! such beautiful stitching Judy xxx

Sherry said...

I love to see such beautiful embroidery work. I am doing very simple embroidery at this time and hope to try some crazy quilting with more stitches sometime soon. Thanks for sharing your beautiful journal page.

Linda said...

What a lovely page you've created Judy, indicative of your personality. The colours are gorgeous, and I thank you too for the detailed description of stitches and threads used. I hope your cactus blooms beautifully for you in time, and your season's beginning finds you all well and the cold winter a distant memory. It's just delightful here at the moment, glorious days and crisp nights. Take care.

Cathy K said...

Judy, your spring block is simply divine!! When I get home (am still in CT on vacation) I want to print it out and study it further! Such a beautiful block! Hugs, Cathy

Julie Fukuda said...

If you didn't have spring when you started, you sure did upon completion. What a lovely tribute to spring! It would just have to show up after that!
Christmas cactus is an easy plant in some ways but can be fussy. When the buds are small it does not like being moved around especially where temperature is concerned and responds by dropping the buds. Once they are opening it can be moved. The "Easter" cactus has spiky flowers. When they bloom has more to do with temperature and light and flower shops take advantage of that.

Gabriela Delworth said...

Happy Pink Saturday!

These journal pages are fabulous!

~ Gabriela ~

viridian said...

My first time visiting your blog, from Pink Saturday. Such intense detailed work - it's beautiful. Happy Pink Saturday.

Jeri ~ said...

Your work is amazing! I went through your photos twice because it is so beautiful - you are a very talented artist.

Loretta said...

What a gorgeous book! It's simply stunning! Happy PS!

monah said...

Hello Judy...on Pink Saturday,

My first visit to you.

Your handiwork is beautiful and unique.

I hope you can visit me too.


Gracie Jewellery said...

Absolutely beautiful! A lovely piece of art. Happy Pink Saturday!

The Sparkly Fairy said...

This is the first time I have visited your blog. Your work is incredible!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Judy,
Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to the Island. We like it here! Your work is wonderful and I see lots of pink too. Hope you've had a lovely pink weekend.


Maureen said...

Judy your journal page is beautiful, the stitches and colours are wonderful, looking forward to seeing the next one !!!!
Enjoy the spring!!!

sunny said...

Your journal page is absolutely amazing! What an inspiration.

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Everyone, I would like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all the most lovely and kind comments made on My Dreaming of Spring Journal Page. Greatly appreciated. Hugs Judy

baukje said...

Beautiful work! and thanks for all the links.

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