January 13, 2011

TeaTime Crazy Quilting Round Robin

I participated in a crazy quilt round robin with a group of ladies from CQI over the past few months and have just sent the remainder of the work I did on to my friend in CA!  I also received my own block home this week!  Here are some photos to share with you!

Nicki's work on my block:  I LOVE!! the over-embellishing she did to this teacup!!  Organza roses, silk ribbon used to look like the cup is full of tea, couched copper fiber, beads and embroidery!!  It is fabulous! 
Here she used a piece of lace and stitched down a teapot charm with a sequin flower and silk ribbon embroidery for the leaves.  The red and green seam treatment was also worked by Nicki and extends on the opposite side of the teacup as well.
 Another seam treatment worked by Nicki.  It also extends on the opposite side of the teacup.  She used gold sequins and white beads for the centers... lovely!
 To finish, she laid down a silk flower and added a gold flower bead to the center.  She added stitching with gold metallic thread.

My work on Nicki's block.. I am beginning to enjoy seam embellishing and had a lot of fun with both of these seam treatments! Adding the butterflies finished off this space perfectly!
 I love adding words to my projects and found these acrylic stamps at JoAnn's. I made a hole at the top and bottom so I could sew them on.  They are perfect for CQ!
 This lace motif was dyed by Nicki herself.  No better time than to re-gift it back to her! If you would love to own some of her gorgeous hand dyed laces visit her Etsy Shop: RavioleeDreams!

 I used gold metallic thread and embellished around the goldwork of the teacup.
 I LOVE using the Flower Fairies on my CQ pieces!  I fussy cut them out of the fabric with fusible applied and then over-embellish them to the piece!  You can see the french knots for the hair and the gold metallic threadwork on the wings when you blow the photo up full size.
A larger view of the Flower Fairy with more of Nicki's hand dyed laces!
 This lower corner was small so I added a piece of lace to represent a tablecloth and added a teapot and teacup charm.  I hope she liked what I did for her!

Diane's work on my block:  This little lady spent many hours on my block over-embellishing 2 teacups as well as my teapot and then taking the time to also do a seam treatment!!  The seam treatment is worked with a vine worked with silk ribbon, glass beads for flowers, acrylic flowers, and glass leaves.  The teacup is gorgeously embellished with silk ribbon, tiny beads, and gold metallic threads!
 Close up of the embellishing! Awesome detailed work!
The 2nd teacup Diane embellished!  Tiny french knots for the flowers, pearl cotton couched down around the perimeter of the cup with tiny gold beads, and gold metallic thread to finish! LOVE it!!
 The teapot was also embellished by Diane!  Tiny french knots for the flowers and tiny french knots for the leaves!  Gold and blue threads for outlining various areas of the teapot and outline stitch on the bottom of the teapot with a varigated pearl cotton.  This girl went above and beyond on my block!
My work to Diane's block: The seam treatment is worked to fall above and below the seam to fill the space well using glass hearts and seed beads.  The organza doily was stitched down with tiny pink beads and the teapot and teacups were added to finish it off. I also gave her one of the acrylic words!  I love using those!
 Another seam treatment using glass flower beads and seed beads and embroidery.  The metal bird charm was sent to me in a buy-in I participated in with Nicki.
 The light pink area is embroidery embellished with pink seed beads.  The lace trim on the seam is organza with beads and ribbon flowers.  I cannot remember where I obtained the bird charm but I thought he was perfect for this area!
Cathy L's work on my block:  Using organza ribbon she stitched it down to look like steam coming out of the teacup and also fussy cut an Earl Grey tag out of some fabric and stitched it down to hang over the edge of the cup.  She also stuffed a piece of fabric and put it on a piece of lace to represent a bon-bon.
 Cathy also crocheted a hat and stuffed the inside so it would stand up well and embellished it with ribbon roses.  Her seam treatment is beautiful with silk ribbon roses and an embroidered vine with rosebuds!

My work on Cathy L's block:  I used organza beaded lace on the seam and then stitched a vine in the pink section.  I embellished the vine with porcelain flowers and 2 teapot charms.  In the small white area above that I laid down a piece of organza lace and added a teapot charm, sequin flowers, and embroidered leaves with silk ribbon. Nicki had worked this on my block and I loved it and this spot was perfect for something very similar.
 Close up of the organza lace with sequin flowers.
Cathy's block did not have much work space left when it reached me and it had to go to the 5th person in our group so the work above was all I could do to the outer area of hers.  I finished off by embellishing part of her embroidered teapot that was in the middle.  I added pink beads between the embroidery and to the center of the flowers.

Carolyn's work on my block:  Carolyn had an old piece of linen that she cut and stitched right below the teapot in the center of my block to represent a tablecloth. She outline stitched a teabag to sit right below the teapot.  She also folded 2 pieces of linen to represent napkins and secured them to the other piece of linen.  She outline stitched a cherry on both napkins and stitched 2 cherries on the tablecloth. This was a really cute idea!!

My work on Carolyn's block: Carolyn actually sent along 2 pieces for us to work on and when it is complete, she will sew the 2 pieces together to make a tea cozy.  On one side of her cozy I painted a piece of lace in the shape of an open heart.  I then stitched it down and added white grosgrain ribbon which I twisted and couched down with beads.  I then added one of my porcelain faces that I bought off of an Etsy site (sorry, can't remember which).  The lady has blonde hair as does Carolyn and her hat matches the block perfectly!  To finish I added the butterfly to the right of the heart stitching him a flight path.
 On the 2nd side of the cozy I stitched down a piece of organza lace that had sequin flowers on the edges.  I then laid down an organza flower on top of that as well as a satin flower.  I then added a Victorian lady charm and a teapot charm to finish off this area.
 My last piece of work on the cozy are these sequin flowers.  I used pearl cotton for the stems and leaves.

Here is a full size photo of my block.  I plan to over-embellish the 4th teacup so it matches the other 3 cups and teapot.  I also need to do some kind of embroidery in the 4 corners because they are bare. I had thought about finishing it off in the octagonal shape but am afraid I could not bind the edges too well so I will do some kind of embroidery to finish the corners.  It shouldn't take too long.  I will show another photo once I have the block completed.

You can see some purple marks on one corner but that is where I have been drawing design ideas with the air erasable markers. :)


Debbie said...

Wow! Using the teacups and teapot in your block was such a great idea, Thearica. The work these ladies did on your block is absolutely beautiful. Makes me want to go dig out an RR crazy block I have from years ago that I never finished after I got it back. Hmmm.

Katie M. said...

Absolutely gorgeous work done by all. Hand work/embroidery is an art that I hope doesn't become 'lost'.

Merry said...

Wow...so much wonderful detail and work done by everyone. Thanks so much for sharing Thearica

bernie said...

The work you ladies did is absolutely gorgeous. I was blown away. The prettiest thing I have seen. Thank you for sharing. Bernie

Ellen said...

Oh my goodness! These are insanely gorgeous and so very creative. I love your fairy especially! What amazing work from all the ladies and you too, of course!

Jen said...

Sooo beautiful! What a fabulous tea party! I spent a lot of time looking at the pictures and enjoyed every little stitch! Thanks so much for sharing. These are gorgeous pieces of art.

NickiLee said...

Q - what a great way to display the work by everyone in this RR - I like how you showed each persons work done on yours and then the work you did on theirs... awesome idea! This was another great RR and I hope to do another one with all of you talented ladies again!

Laurie said...

The work on these blocks is just breathtaking! My hats off to all the artists, Thearica I just can't believe the beauty and creativity you've added!

Cheryl said...

Absolutly beautiful work !! I love the tea cups and teapot ! I can't wait to do mire of my crazy quilt work ,had to set it asode for other things ,maybe soon.

Cheryl said...

Sorry for the mispelled words .something else kept popping in front of me!