It is back to reality for me. We had such a wonderful trip. We travelled 23 days, starting from Iowa we headed to Virginia/Washington D.C. ending up in San Antonio, TX. Along the way we met up with several friends and relatives as well as some beautiful places including Virginia Beach, Myrtle Beach, Ashville to see the Biltmore Estate, Hilton Head Island, Savannah, Orlando/Disney World, and New Orleans. We made lots of new memories. It was our first Thanksgiving away from home and I sort of missed the family gathering but we met up with our daughter's family who was vacationing at Orlando. Our Thanksgiving dinner consisted of order-in pizza at 10 p.m. The important part was being with at least some of the family and spending a couple of fun days with our granddaughters.
When I was settled in back at home I began working on my doll-size crazy quilt again. I am happy to say it is nearly completed! I'm sharing lots of photos here.
Here are the blocks stitched together without added embellishments. It started out as my CQJP 2013 but I knew I would have a lot of work to do after the blocks were connected so I fell short on the number of blocks for the year. This entire quilt minus binding is 16" x 19" with each block being just slightly over 3" square. I therefore was doing four blocks a month.
I knew I wanted to add stitching on the seam lines between blocks and also wanted to embroider on the blocks. My goal was to create a CQ that was similar to an antique. It looks antique to me but unfortunately in the photos the colors pale a bit and the burgundy has a pink cast to it.
As you may know, I am a firm believer in God and believe the skills I have are a gift from him so I try to honor him in my work. This quilt is filled with some of my favorite things including some of my favorite Bible verses. Alternating blocks have various flowers as I also love flowers. Below is a sampling of some of the blocks. You should be able to click on them to enlarge them for a closer look.
I truly enjoyed working on this mini quilt and could probably go on adding things for quite some time, but it is time to finish it and move on to my next unfinished project. Although it started out as a bit of a challenge not adding lace, buttons, beads and other embellishments I soon began to love the purity of decorative stitching and I'm sure this will have an effect on future work (after my UFO's are completed). I also normally work in softer and more romantic colors but really like the rich colors of this quilt.
My goal is to have this mini-quilt completed before the end of the year. My word for 2014 is 'focus' so I will continue working on my unfinished projects and try not to start anything new until I finish them. That is incentive to get done if ever I needed it! What do you all have planned for the coming year? Do you have a word that will inspire you?
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