Thursday, July 18, 2013

MARATHON STITCHING DONE!

I said I was going on a marathon of stitching the Chester Criswell quilt blocks because the first year of block patterns was over.  I felt like I was a year behind.  A post earlier this month showed the first two blocks I made.  You can see them here.  Now I will show you my blocks three through twelve.

  #3

 #4


  #5


  #6


  #7


  #8


  #9


  #10


  #11



  #12


Block number twelve was the fussiest to stitch.  I used reverse applique creating the small flower centers.  The leaves with the embroidered curly q's at the tip have reverse applique for the little red sections.

Here is a picture of all twelve blocks.  They are not trimmed to size as of yet.  I will wait to the end to do that.  I am using Moda Bella solid for the background and it tends to ravel.

I am not sure what block I like best.  Maybe the one with the lyre.

Thank you for paying my blog a visit.
Karen

37 comments:

cucki said...

So beautiful nd very pretty colors x

Kindred Quilts said...

Simply gorgeous!!! Your applique work is divine!

WoolenSails said...

That is beautiful appliques and you do such beautiful work on the curves and points.

Debbie

Raewyn said...

Gorgeous blocks!! Lovely applique - lots of tight corners in there, very scary!!

Kelli said...

What a wonderful accomplishment! The blocks are beautiful! Thanks for sharing your hard work with us

Missie of Hallbrook Designs said...

You are doing great! I have been keeping track of that quilt as well. Such a fun project!

The Civil War Quilter said...

Lovely work and beautiful blocks! I always love red n green on crisp white.

Darlene said...

I kept scrolling back and forth attempting to pick a favorite. LOL Turns out I love 'em all. LOL

You're wiz!

audrey said...

Oh wow! I am always amazed at your very impressive applique skills. Lovely work as usual Karen!

Queenie Believe said...

Beautiful work!
Have a great day.
Always, Queenie

Sue said...

Your work is always perfection Karen ! To hard to choose a favorite. They are ALL GORGEOUS!

Aunt 'Reen said...

Karen - these are all gorgeous!
I love your fabric choices, your precision applique' work and I really admire your tenacity to "get 'er done". lol
Such a job well done. You really are an inspiration!

paulette said...

I crown thee QUEEN of APPLIQUÉ!! Absolutely gorgeous!! YIKES!! Twelve VERY difficult blocks!! Not for the weak of heart!

Janet O. said...

You deserve the title Paulette has given you!
I thought the first one was my favorite, until I saw the last one. I love it, but because it was so fussy to make, does it not give you much pleasure to look at it?

Carole~Wheels on the Warrandyte Bus said...

Wow! I am amazed at how you have completed all of these blocks (a years worth!)in such a short time. I think you've done a sprint rather than a marathon :) They're all beautiful but I think I like your #3 the best because your points are just perfect!

María Elena said...

Fabulous, great work!!!

Anonymous said...

You simply blow my mind at how fast you are and precise with your appliqué work. My favorite block is second row middle.

Cheryl said...

Wow, that is some impressive applique! Are the cut out areas reverse appliqued? Looks really hard to do.

libbyquilter said...

i would find it hard to pick a favorite as they are all amazing~!!
well done~!

:-)
libbyQ

Kaaren said...

All I can say is WOW! Awesome stitching, Karen! That is a heck of a lot of work but so worth it because it's stunning. GREAT, great job!

Sally Bramald said...

It's lovely. I love block 12 because I am always impressed with technical difficulties, lols.

Me and My Stitches said...

Wow - now that is a lot of applique and such great blocks. You are definitely on a roll. I like the blocks with flowers the best, I think. I agree...you are the Queen!

Barb said...

wow - gorgeous!!

Kathleen C said...

Your applique is beautifully done! A friend sent me the link to your post, because I've started the Criswell quilt recently. It's nice to see all 12 blocks completed. Your assortment of red fabrics is just what I envisioned but instead I'm using mostly tonal red fabrics-which I had- and navy instead of green :). Thanks for sharing your lovely work. I'll subscribe to your blog by feed.

Mary said...

Nice job, Karen! Are you going to do the rest of the quilt or stop here? Either way, you're going to have a pretty quilt.

Carrie P. said...

gorgeous! #6 is my favorite.

Nancy said...

I think you are the SPEED Queen of Appliqué. Love your fabric choices. Maybe I will just go get back under my box now.
I cut out my background with one of those pinking rotary cutters. It helps with the raveling.
So far block #10 is my favorite.

Nifty Quilts said...

I just love red and green appliqué. Yours are wonderful!

Wanda - Scraphappy Blended Quilter said...

Karen, WOW! You are a very prolific quilter. It was all I could do to finish a block a month - and even then I skipped the lyre block (it seems easiest and I will go back to it) and am still trudging on block #12. I have not used much time for sewing these days. Too bad!
Your blocks look great!! I like #6 the best of yours. Now, aren't you excited for for next set for year 2? We have to wait until September. I think that give time to make an extra block to swap...what do you think?

Anonymous said...

WOW Karen, your blocks look fabulous!!! You have inspired me to make a start on mine. cheers...Marian

Sheila said...

Hi Karen,
This quilt is going to be spectacular! Love the little basket block, too. You are a busy girl!

Allie said...

Those are just gorgeous - my favorite is the 3rd one down on the right, but they're all wonderful!!!!

Quilter Kathy said...

Oh my goodness these are gorgeous! I think I need to come over and watch you stitch so I can learn. I am trying to do some applique but seem to be "all thumbs"!

Lori said...

You are amazing woman!! They are fantastic blocks!!

Lorette Cole said...

Gorgeous applique! LOVE red and green quilts!

Miriam said...

My, you are so fast, Karen!

Beautiful work!

I have a soft spot for number 10, but I love your numbers 3 and 4. Great fabrics!

Purple Pam said...

Wow! Awesome blocks. Congrats on getting them finished, at least thru block 12.