Sunday, December 2, 2012

CQJP 2013

I know, I need another commitment like a hole in the head, but nevertheless I have just signed up for the 2013 round of the Crazy Quilt Journal Project. For the past year I have been admiring all the work that was done in CQJP 2012, and I couldn't let it pass me by this time.

The big question has been what theme to use.  It hit me today:

WOOL

I have many books on wool embroidery...




...and I have never made one project from any of them! I haven't made a crazy quilt either, so this will be two birds with one stone. Well, three birds, because I've been wanting to a make a wool quilt too.

I hope to make it a sampler of as many techniques as I can fit in.  Different types of wool embroidery, some needlepoint on waste canvas, wool felt applique... and I'll use up some of those perle cottons I bought too. Dark, neutral fabrics, bright embroidery.

I want it to be a useable size for a throw, so my plan is to go big - 16 x 16" square blocks. A little primitive, big and chunky. I have loads of navy wool suiting that I never had time to make into suits when I was working, and which will be perfect for some sashing between the blocks.

I think weight will be an issue with this quilt, so I will not quilt it, just back it and put in a few ties. I also think it will be wise to avoid buttons and beads for this project, for the same reason.

It's going to be fun!


11 comments:

  1. I really like your idea. The navy wool suiting is surely a way of beating swords into ploughshares - fantastic.

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    1. I love that analogy, Jillian! Quite right, too. :)

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  2. So pleased to read that you will be taking part in the challenge!

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  3. Can't wait to see what you come up with Monica.

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  4. Monica, I have started a blog of my own. I thought you might like to visit: http://adamsmaryellen.blogspot.com/.

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    1. Thanks for letting me know, Mary Ellen! Your blog looks fantastic, I love the background you are using. And an excellent name! Great job!

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    2. The background is one of my East Quilts West blocks. A bit busy, but I like the colors. Thanks for looking (and joining)!

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    3. The wool is enticing, isn't it? I also have "the New Crewel". It's so much fun to see old techniques made new again with present day designs.

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  5. It will be great to see your CQJP 2013 take form and progress. I'm glad to see you are giving it a go this year.

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