What a week. First the hot water tank let go (2nd tank in 1 year!) then the water pump to the well needed to be fixed and then the worst .... like a dummy I forgot to turn off the front burners on the stove and burnt the tips of two fingers last week -my CQ fingers!!! Ouch!! Immediately, I pinched off a bit of my aloe plant and babied my fingers for a couple days... now they are as good as new. Guess someone was trying to tell me my hands needed a rest. Let me see if I can remember some of what I've done over the past few weeks. I'll start off with what I just finished up yesterday.
I belong to a "Mermaid's Tale" where 6 of us are working on Mermaid blocks. This time around I had Thearica's block. I first appliqued some pretty aqua colored lame over the mermaid's tail and then started beading it up. Once the tail was completed I jumped over to her hair and beaded it using small gold & yellow glass seed beads along with a few pearls. To the left of the mermaid I did a small underwater scene with fish and seaweed. I know, I'm crazy...even found a way to make seaweed out of lace! I've made it a point that every block I work on I try to incorporate a piece of my dyed laces. (More to come in a future surprise Give Away!)
Right now I'm involved in 5 different RR's. One is an Asian CQ RR with the CQI Group. The first block I received to work on was Diane's - I really enjoyed working on it. First I cut out a pretty geisha from a FQ I had, appliqued it to the block and proceeded to embellish it by adding glass beads, lace for the fan, sequins and some pretty threads. Next, I beaded up some of the fans that were already a part of her block ... I can't wait to see what this blocks looks like when it's all done.
Also, another RR with CQI, I signed up for the Heart IV CQ RR. The first block I received to work on was Julie's. I wanted to do something soft, pretty and dainty. I dyed a crocheted heart, embellished it with some pieces of dyed lace and then topped it off with some dyed silk ribbon. Because the background seems a little bare, I found some pretty peachy pink seeds beads and clustered them throughout the background. In my lace pile I found the perfect piece of lace for a little 3" seam -I think this block is going to be so pretty and girlie by the time Julie gets it back home.
By the way, if you would like to see some of the most incredible Crazy Quilting ever, you have got to grab yourself a cup of coffee, sit down for a couple hours (or more) and check one of my FAVORITES (listed in the right hand column) - "Crazy Quilting International" Just click on it and you will be treated to the most wonderful eye candy ever... oops.... I lied, you are probably going to need a whole day to see all of it so be sure to mark this sight as one of your favorites too.
I am currently hosting the "2nd Annual CQ RR 2010" on the HGTV Board. This year we have 25 ladies who where divided into 5 Groups of 5. The work the girls are doing this year is absolutely incredible - everyone seems to be really into trying something new and learning from each other. The Guidelines were that each person could make a block up to 24x24, be it one block or 2 or 3 equalling 24x24. I chose to make 2 blocks. I couldn't make up my mind which direction to go in and since I love Geisha Girls, I decided to do one in an Asian theme. I found a gorgeous Geisha Panel that Kona Bay puts out, took a picture of the Geisha, printed it out on silk fabric to give it that floaty, soft look and made my block using silks, satins, and velvets. The only bit of embellishing I did was to add a piece of dyed lace - oh I can't wait to see what the girls come up with. The other block I did a bit different. Years ago I Cross Stitched 24/7 ... almost as much as I CQ now. LOL! I am just now getting back into it so thought a pretty pillow with the initial of my last name (Seavey) would make a perfect pillow for my sun porch.
Well, all of my blocks have been mailed out and now I am starting to receive the next round.... have 3 waiting for me to work on so it's back to stitching and dreaming up some new ideas.
LOVE - Love the fact that I can LOVE
LAUGH - Laughed at myself for spilling a whole bottle of red dye at 2:00 a.m.!!
LISTEN - Listened to some old CD's I hadn't heard in years... Gary Alan, Chris Isaak
LEARNED - How to fix a toilet bowl flusher all by myself - LOL!!