This blog is a showcase of crazy quilting work by the members of the "Crazy Quilting International" Facebook group. Members include stitchers from all over the world. We would love to have you join us - either as a stitcher, or just as an interested viewer. Have a seat and enjoy!
Bugs and insects and the like may seem an unusual subject for a crazy quilt round robin, but traditionally butterflies and beetles were “regulars” in vintage crazy quilts. They were, of course, not as frequently stitched as the good luck spider, but were popular nonetheless. This round robin was organized to practice and showcase the stitchers’ talent for stumpwork. Stumpwork is generally defined as embroidery raised from the surface of the work to give it a 3-D effect. Often it is stitched separately and then attached to the base piece (which, in this case is the block). Our stitchers, as you will see, came up with many clever variations to depict bees, butterflies, beetles and other charming little bugs and critters.
The accomplished stitchers in this round robin were Diane M. (Canada), Cathy L (USA), Arlene (Australia), Janet (USA) and Meg (Uruguay).
CATHY L’S BLOCK
Cathy’s Naked Block
Diane’s work on Cathy’s Block
Work by Janet
Arlene’s beetle - front view
Arlene’s beetle - back view
Cathy’s block with Meg’s work - Completed
Diane’s Naked Block
Diane’s block after Meg’s work
Arlene’s Beetle & ribbon trail
Entire block after Arlene’s work
Diane’s completed block after Cathy L’s work
Arlene’s Naked Block
Beetle and flower by Cathy L
Bees and flowers by Cathy L
Butterflies and flower by Cathy L
Parade of beetles by Diane. Bees and a butterfly, too!
Janet added lovely floral work and a big blue butterfly
After Meg’s additions in upper right and lower left, here is Diane’s completed block
Meg’s Naked Block
Stumpwork bee by Arlene
Another one of Arlene’s great stumpwork beetles
Meg’s block after Arlene
Lovely floral by Cathy L
More work by Cathy
Meg’s block after Arlene and Cathy
Diane did this seam. It’s a variation of (what else?) the FLY stitch
Beaded butterfly by Diane
Another seam and butterfly by Diane
Meg’s completed block
Janet’s Naked Block
Beetle by Meg
Janet’s Block after Meg
Work by Arlene
Janet’s block after Meg and Arlene
Cathy L’s Work
Beaded butterfly by Diane
More butterflies by Diane
“The Showdown” as playfully titled by Diane. Great bugs!
Dianes block completed. The ladies left room for Janet to add her final touches.
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This Christmas-Winter DYB (Do Your Own Block) Round Robin began in late 2009 and finished up in late Spring 2010. The talented stitchers who took part were: Rose Anne, Rita, Margreet, Karrin and Lisa. Usually there are six participants in a DYB, but this time there were only five. Therefore, as the blocks came around to each stitcher, they not only stitched one complete block, but also 1/4 of another “joint” or “shared” block. That way, when the blocks returned home to the owner, five of six blocks were complete and she just had one to stitch on herself to complete the set.
There was also a second Christmas-Winter DYB that finished in summer this year, and we hope to get that posted for you in October sometime. In both these round robins, each participant was able to choose either Christmas OR Winter as their theme. We’re confident you’ll not only enjoy the lovely stitching, but perhaps find a lot of useful Holiday ideas for yourself. Here we go ...
Karrin’s Naked Blocks
The original blocks were lost, and below is a photo of the replacement blocks.
Rita’s Block for Karrin
Close-up of Rita’s lace and stitched tree
Lisa’s work for Karrin
Rose Anne’s Block
This is the joint block that Lisa, Margreet, Rita and Rose Anne all stitched on.
The finished blocks (minus Rita’s which was one of the lost ones)
Lisa’s Naked Blocks
Block by Margreet
Block by Rose Anne
Block by Karrin
Block by Rita
This was the joint block worked on by Karrin, Margreet, Rita and Rose Anne
Lisa made the blocks into a bell pull
Top of the bell pull featuring Rose Anne’s block and the joint block
Middle of the bell pull with blocks by Rita and Karrin
Bottom of the bell pull with blocks by Margreet and the one that Lisa herself did
The bell pulled rolled up for easy storage.
This is Block #3, Naked
Block #3, stitched by Rita
Block #4, Naked
Rose Anne’s work on Block 4, partial
Another view of Rose Anne’s completed Block 4 for Margreet
Margreet’s Block #5, naked
Block 5 was stitched by Karrin
Block #6 was stitched by Lisa
This is a naked Block #1; it became a joint block that everyone worked a little bit on.
Block 1 (joint block) completed. Work by Karrin, Rose Anne, Lisa and Rita
This was the final block.
Margreet herself stitched on it when the blocks returned home to her
These are the six blocks together (before Margreet finished hers).
Rita’s Naked Blocks
Naked block - before
Same block, AFTER work by Lisa
Block stitched by Margreet
Close-up of Margreet’s flower
This was the block that Rose Anne stitched
Karrin stitched this block
This was the joint effort block for Margreet Stitched by Rose Anne, Rita, Karrin and Lisa
ROSE ANNE’S BLOCKS
Rose Anne’s naked blocks
This block was stitched by Karrin
Rita stitched this block for Rose Anne
Here is Lisa’s block for Rose Anne
This was the joint block stitched by Margreet, Lisa, Rita and Rose Anne
Rose Anne’s completed blocks (except the one left for her to do!).