Thursday, March 17, 2016

CQJP 2016 January Block




I cropped out a small shot of this block to appear in my blog roll because I didn't want the entire block to be seen and scare anyone off thinking this would be a political post!

These flags are my favorite seam on the block.  I think they are so cute.


                                                                             
                                                                          Here is the entire block.  I really should be calling this project the CQJP--Carol Quilt Journal Project.  So far, except for the first four blocks I stitched last year, each block has been about me, either something about me or something I like.

I'm going to try something different with the next couple of blocks.  I'm relatively new to CQ and still looking for my knitch.






Some thoughts on this whole process:
I love stitching, but I struggle with the design.

I am drawn to the Crazy Quilt style that you see in the old vintage quilts that have pieces of fabric stitched in a block with simple seam treatments.

I need to find a better method of marking using the templates I have. I need something like a white leaded mechanical pencil.  I wonder if there is such a thing, but I'm on the hunt.  Any suggestions?  The white chalk pencil (looks like a lead pencil) is not working for me.  I need a sharper point.

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17 comments:

  1. Good white markers were always a topic of discussion in my quilt group in the 90s, they are elusive. The little flags are adorable, and I like that your blocks are about you. Anything made with those will be a meaningful family heirloom!

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  2. I love that your blocks are becoming a sort of 'diary'. This will be a treasure one day as you (or your family) look back on it.

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  3. I love the idea that your blocks are all about you... that would be a wonderful legacy to leave someone.. You've but such hard work in them. LOVE all the detail and colors.. I wish i could help you with the pencil... but fabric is one thing i have not played with much... Hugs! deb

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  4. I love your stitches these blocks look really nice. Marking has always been so difficult for me too-I have found that the chalk pen by Bohn of France is really nice-it marks very fine and has white chalk and another color I believe for lighter fabrics. on the pkg it says .9mm so it is extra fine and it is for patchwork and quilting it is a mechanical chalk pencil.

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  5. Carol, when I'm not using my waste canvas technique, I use Sharon's templates and Gel Pens. Yes, Gel Pens! They come in a ton of colors and have a good point on them. They work on almost all fabrics. I try to use a color that's close to the thread color or the fabric color. Once stitched, the marking lines don't show.

    Pam

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  6. Like Penny and Barbara, I love the idea that the blocks are personal, journal-like. I have a set of colored pencils and use the white one, which I can sharpen, to mark on dark fabric. The tiny flags are awesome!

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  7. I love, love, love my Bohin white mechanical pencil!!
    http://www.amazon.com/Bohin-91473-Extra-Fine-Chalk-Pencil/dp/B004M5BGD4

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  8. Yes the little flags are adorable and everyone seems to bee om the same page of personalizing the blocks. I don't have a clue what I would be able to include in such a quilt. And would yours ever be finished? I'm assuming you have had a chance to put a few new colors in your (afghan?) I can't remember is that is what you called it or not. And it looks like you have gotten at least one idea to try for a new marker. I think I'm going to look it up too. Are you going to Paducah?
    Have a great day,
    Tonia

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  9. Hi Carol. Just stopped by to say hello. I seen your name over at Nicole's and thought about you. Your work is lovely. Hope all is going well for you. Take care buddy.

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  10. Great block! I think a person's stitching should reflect the person - so what you are doing is right.

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  11. I wouldn't worry about trying to develop a style -you will find it will evolve as you go along. Right now I'm on a waste canvas 'kick' and it seems to be in every piece I do, but I know that will pass and I'll evolve into something else. I'll probably never give up on waste canvas totally though because I love the results. As for marking - I really like my Signo uni-ball pens made by Mitsubishi Pencil. I think they would be classed as being gel pens, but it doesn't say that on them.

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  12. Very nicely done. I think these block represent you, that they come from your heart and experiences and what is going on now. I think a journal quilt is pretty cool.

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  13. Love your hand work!, as for a good sharp marker that can be removed, I find that the Frixion Assorted Fine Point Erase package works on different fabrics & colors.

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  14. This is a stunning block. I'm a recent convert to frixon pens, although I'm not sure if there would be a white or if it would show up. It's nice that this is turning out like a personal journal :)

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  15. I LOVE your flags! That's really unique. You might try these white gel pens. I've had good luck with those. I more often use the Caran d'ache gold metallic art pencil, which can be sharpened, but stitching over it sort of makes it disappear because it's only on the surface of the fabric.

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  16. The flag seam is to die for. And I love the Democrat fabric too! but that's a whole other conversation!!!

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  17. Was so funny you mentioned your non-political piece you did.
    Really nice job except I think Cathy feels the same as I do about a certain fabric. lol

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