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Title: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: duh on Nov 14, 2015, 06:24:42 AM
This is my one planned heirloom quilt.  I have spent ooodles of money on fancy fabrics.  I have embroidered one 14 inch peacock with a couched, rhinestone studded, eyelash yarn tail like the one on the internet.  It's nice.  Now I am working on the owl block  it is 8 inches.  This one I am giving myself 3 years to finish.  I hope to be done before the next quilt show in the spring of 2019.  That is if I live that long. 

I will try to get pictures of these blocks even if they are on the photo book website.  I haven't taken a picture in a while. 
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: duh on Nov 15, 2015, 07:37:28 AM
I did get the rest of the head of the owl done last night.  It's a fight every step of the way because I choose a painted picture of the owl as the inspiration and I just don't agree with it.  So choosing every strand of floss is a battle.  How could something so simple be so hard right?

And I expect the next embroidered block to be even worse.  And I only gave myself three years to do this one. 
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: Tina on Nov 15, 2015, 08:19:22 AM
Don't struggle with it, Tammy. Try approaching it with peace and happiness.
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: duh on Nov 16, 2015, 06:41:36 AM
You have never seen me craft have you.  Peace and Happiness really don't come into it until I am done in most cases.  If it happens then.  I'm kind of a struggle and tussle type.

The head of the owl is done, yea!
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: Tina on Nov 16, 2015, 11:52:41 AM
I put things away that I have to struggle with until I'm in a better frame of mind. if I have to fight it every step, I'm not going to enjoy it.
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: duh on Nov 16, 2015, 05:02:51 PM
I'm glad that works for you.  I just end up with piles of unfinished projects that rot before I get back to them.  Took me 5 years maybe 6 to deal with the back load once.  Gave away everything because I hated all of it when I was finished with it.  Won't do that again.  At least this way I get the sense of accomplishment that comes with finishing.
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: duh on Nov 17, 2015, 05:43:33 PM
Im at the neck of the owl.  It feels like progress.
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: bayou girl on Nov 18, 2015, 09:12:55 PM
that's because it is!
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: duh on Nov 20, 2015, 06:05:33 AM
White on white is boring lol.  hard to see the mistakes though.
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: Tina on Nov 20, 2015, 07:51:10 AM
Good thinking.
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: duh on Nov 21, 2015, 11:24:14 AM
I finished the undercolor of the breast and am starting the off shoulder.  That shouldn't take to long.  I won't finish in the 6 weeks I was thinking for this block but I should finish within 3 months.  Still ok over all I think.  Since I am doing the hardest first.
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: bayou girl on Nov 21, 2015, 10:36:16 PM
sounds like this is moving well.
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: duh on Nov 22, 2015, 06:26:20 AM
I wish I had cut out the blocks earlier.  Then it would feel like more progress.  I'm not looking forward to that part.
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: duh on Nov 30, 2015, 05:56:38 AM
Something is really slowing me down on this project.  In fact all of the projects right now.  I think it is the clutter.  I don't do well with clutter but right now there is no place to put anything because I'm overloaded everywhere. 

Pray for me please.
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: bayou girl on Nov 30, 2015, 09:29:00 PM
prayers always tammy
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: duh on Dec 01, 2015, 07:38:49 AM
Thanks Jenn.  That was another thing the depression brought up.  The peacock isn't everything I wanted.  And the Owl isn't as perfect as I wanted.  And I haven't made the templates for the other pieces.  It goes on and on sometimes.

I'll have to get on that one and do something.
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: bayou girl on Dec 01, 2015, 10:42:04 PM
tammy, depression is so hard to shake. it is like a giant pit you edge toward and then away from. i hope it gets better.
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: duh on Dec 02, 2015, 04:51:05 PM
It does get better because I have attitude adjusters that help me.  Here are some I used this time.

Those things that I have let slide I follow this profound bit of advice; 

  a)  "Easy does it but do it!"  That helped me to stay on top of the financial booboo until it was fixed even if it required some grrrrh attitude to get it done.  My credit union did not make it easy. 

  b)  "Feelings are not facts."  My feeling was that I couldn't possible do the christmas decorating.  And I just let my mind nag on while I got one box after the other out of the closet and unpacked.  I didn't think I would make it but I did. 

  c)  When I didn't think I had the energy to finish, I just prayed to the one that has all power and he got me through.

  d)  And last but not least that mood follows action.  So by taking positive action I took my negative attitude and turned it around and stopped the depression much more quickly than would have occurred otherwise.

I've found that although my depression is a chemical imbalance to begin with these practical positive attitude adjusters really help.
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: Tina on Dec 02, 2015, 04:53:39 PM
Awesome!
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: bayou girl on Dec 02, 2015, 08:53:54 PM
...I've found that although my depression is a chemical imbalance to begin with these practical positive attitude adjusters really help.
that is such a good attitude all by itself.
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: sunsoaker on Dec 02, 2015, 10:25:53 PM
That really is awesome!
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: bestofour on Dec 03, 2015, 05:50:52 PM
Feelings are not facts.  Love that.  It's so true and so smart to know it.

Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: bayou girl on Dec 03, 2015, 07:11:51 PM
It does get better because I have attitude adjusters that help me.  Here are some I used this time.

Those things that I have let slide I follow this profound bit of advice; 

  a)  "Easy does it but do it!"  That helped me to stay on top of the financial booboo until it was fixed even if it required some grrrrh attitude to get it done.  My credit union did not make it easy. 

  b)  "Feelings are not facts."  My feeling was that I couldn't possible do the christmas decorating.  And I just let my mind nag on while I got one box after the other out of the closet and unpacked.  I didn't think I would make it but I did. 

  c)  When I didn't think I had the energy to finish, I just prayed to the one that has all power and he got me through.

  d)  And last but not least that mood follows action.  So by taking positive action I took my negative attitude and turned it around and stopped the depression much more quickly than would have occurred otherwise.

I've found that although my depression is a chemical imbalance to begin with these practical positive attitude adjusters really help.
  tammy, i hope you don't mind, but i want to share this with some folks.  those who really NEED to learn these things.
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: duh on Dec 04, 2015, 06:56:56 AM
You are more than welcome to share them with anyone who may benefit from them.  I would never leave someone in pain if there was an option. 
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: duh on Dec 15, 2015, 10:54:07 AM
I'm making progress slowly on the Owl.  After I finish it I'm going to work on getting the entire top quarter done.   I need to see progress of some major type.
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: duh on Dec 28, 2015, 05:42:55 PM
Still working on the Owl when time permits.  But there is a lot of house cleaning to get through. 
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: duh on Feb 04, 2016, 08:13:15 AM
...and the eternal owl saga continues.  I've went completely off the grid when it comes to following the picture I was using.  Now I'm doing my own thing.  You know, from past experience I know that working off of artists renditions doesn't work for me so why do I continue to try.  I wonder if i am capable of learning from my own mistakes or not.  And yes I am a little down on myself right now.  I'm thinking that after the owl rather than going on to the waterfall I may put a quarter of it together and do some of the seam embroidery.  Just to give myself a break from the hard stuff.  Time will tell.
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: duh on Feb 06, 2016, 06:23:15 PM
well needless to say I won't be putting anything together just yet because it seems there are two different methods to do it.  Of course, grumble grumble grumble...
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: duh on Feb 15, 2016, 10:15:04 AM
I need to paint the background of the owl and i'm trying to figure out if I water down the paint how will I stop it from being absorbed by the embroidery floss which is 100 percent cotton I think.  Ugh always something.
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: bayou girl on Feb 17, 2016, 08:27:08 PM
tammy, can you wax the floss? the way you would if you were making batik?
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: duh on Feb 19, 2016, 08:57:52 AM
That is a very good idea. 

Carol said that it was possible to use crayons as well.  you just kind of iron them in place with wax paper.  I may try both techniques on a practice piece and see what I like better.
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: Tina on Feb 19, 2016, 12:33:47 PM
That sounds good, Tammy. I had fabric crayons that were specifically made for that.
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: duh on Feb 20, 2016, 08:10:17 PM
That's interesting Tina where do you get those, do you remember?

I went to JoAnn's today with Marilyn and got a package of different embroidery flosses for this quilt. 
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: Tina on Feb 20, 2016, 09:31:15 PM
I think it could have been near the fabric paints in Michael's or something.
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: duh on Feb 21, 2016, 06:30:17 PM
I'll look the next time I'm in there.  Thanks for the heads up.
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: duh on Feb 24, 2016, 05:23:28 PM
I may have been overly optimistic when I put a 3 1/2 year deadline on this one.
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: duh on Mar 01, 2016, 05:35:50 PM
I'm scrapping this one and starting over.  When  I have calmed down I'll re-start the clock on the deadline. 
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: duh on Apr 01, 2016, 03:09:08 PM
Ok I cut out the silver flying chinese dragon on black velvet and have started cutting out the green eddy print fabric.  It's a start.
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: duh on Apr 03, 2016, 05:13:52 PM
My mentor gave me a technique for getting the velvet to fold at 1/4 inch.  Stay stitch at 1/4 inch then fold it and baste it then it will lay down until it is embroidered.  Then the basting can be pulled out and the stay stitching too. 
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: Tina on Apr 03, 2016, 07:00:58 PM
That's a good idea, Tammy.
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: duh on Apr 03, 2016, 09:04:26 PM
I wasn't having any luck just tucking it under.
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: duh on Apr 16, 2016, 05:11:10 PM
Nancy found some articles on crazy quilts and saved them for me.  i put them in protectors and put them in my design book for when i begin the embroidery on this one.
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: Lady on Sep 06, 2020, 08:41:13 AM
The owl didn't come out well.  I'll get a  picture when I get it out of the box.  I'm  looking  at embroidery stitches to do for the waterfall.
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: bestofour on Sep 06, 2020, 03:56:02 PM
The owl didn't come out well.  I'll get a  picture when I get it out of the box.  I'm  looking  at embroidery stitches to do for the waterfall.

Have you been able to work on your projects?  I read in another post that you said your arm is too slow.
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: Lady on Sep 07, 2020, 08:59:02 AM
to slow for crochet.  I get the fidgets. I'll try  the embroidery.
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: bestofour on Sep 07, 2020, 10:02:12 AM
Let us know how that goes.  I've done a little embroidering over the years.  Nothing fancy and haven't in a long time but it makes things so pretty.
Title: Re: Victorian Crazy Quilt
Post by: duh on Oct 04, 2020, 06:51:25 PM
yes it does.  I'll try to take some pictures when I pull it out.
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