January 22, 2011

My 2010 Favorite Creation!

Thank you for taking the time to visit my link that is a part of the Crazy Quilts Are Quilts Too Show!

If you had asked me 3 years ago would I ever consider doing crazy quilting, I would have said no.  I had never been drawn to it but I did love to look at other people's work.  Although you could give me a needle anytime and I would sit for hours handquilting, taking the time to sew on beads and do the hours of embroidery that crazy quilting takes, never intriqued me.  Until a couple of years ago when my friend Nicki talked me into joining one of her CQ One Block Swaps!  I could not believe just how much I enjoyed using my imagination and creating a piece for a friend.

Of course, that first piece was nothing much to look at.  I wish I could do that piece over but we all have to start somewhere.  My CQ abilities have grown by leaps and bounds over the past 2 years and I thoroughly enjoy creating the pieces I work on.  It is like someone else takes over my body and I am mesmerized by what is transpiring right before my eyes!

Of the few things that I was able to get completed in 2010 this CQ piece for my granddaughter Allie takes top honors of being the best thing I think I have ever created in my life!  I was very proud of what I had accomplished when I looked at the final piece!

My good friend Nicki issued a challenge to the HGTV quilters to create a crazy quilt block using a teacup, 2 fabrics, 2 charms and a piece of lace.  You could use any and all other supplies that you wanted but these things had to be part of your block.  She was going to have 1st - 3rd prizes after the ladies who had made the blocks, voted for their top 3!

I won 1st place!!  The prize was $100.00 which I spent in Nicki's Etsy shop! Ravioleedreams

My block was designed for my granddaughter, Allie. Her birthday was in October and this is her gift from me. She loves ALL things pink...EVERY new outfit she bought for school this year is...pink...I kid you not... We do get her in other colors but if she could wear pink every day of the year, she would be as happy as a little pig in the mud!

Every time we go home, she always talks Butch into getting in her bedroom floor with her and they have a tea party. She has dress up clothes that she wears but she hasn't talked Butch into dressing up yet but he does drink her "tea"...But bless her poor little dogs heart...she makes her dress up in a frilly tutu skirt and ribbons in her hair... Allie is a mess!!

The first photo is of Allie and my grandson Parker... As you can see, a rare non-pink moment for Allie. :)


And here is the block with lots of close up photos...


Below are a few more pieces of my work since this Tea Party piece!  I am trying to expand on my work and hope that I can take my work over the top in the next coming months!








I am linking this post to "It's a Social Hop like Crazy Party" ran by Denyse @ My Crazy Beautiful Life!

31 comments:

Stempelientje said...

WOW Therica!!! This is amazing!
This is REAL ART!STUNNING!
WONDERFUL! Excellent done!

everythingquilts said...

I don't have words to tell you how much I loved your block. Guess you can say it made me speechless! Loving everything about it!!!

katiemedarlin said...

Truly gorgeous, Q. It's the best work you've ever done (at least that I've seen). A fabulous block.

Myra said...

That is awesome "crazy" patch-work! Love it! 8-)

Maggey and Jim said...

That is absolutely gorgeous.. Great work..
Maggey

Merry said...

Oh wow...this is so stunning. Your stitching is so beautiful and so much to look at on that patch. Thanks for sharing so many photos. Sounds like you have a wonderful time with your granddaughter too.

Debbie said...

Stunning piece of work and a well deserved win! Every inch of the block is breathtaking. Love it, love it, love it!! Debbie (Maine)

JessicaSews said...

Congratulations, Thearica! Your work is beautiful. There are so many sections of your block that stand-out alone, so even if I said I love the little fairy with the red hat, I mean the button clusters!

You know you have to keep Crazy Quilting, right?!

ellen said...

Thearica Congrats! this is absolutely stunning. Ellen P

Anonymous said...

Beautiful in every way. What more could a little girl dream of than to have faries with her at her tea party!!! Debbie S.

Connie said...

Really lovely Thearica! Well deserving of first place. (-; Connie

Cathy K said...

WOWSERS! You certainly deserve first place, girl! Your block is totally awesome! So dainty and feminine and creative! Hugs, Cathy

Nicki Lee said...

Congratulations girlfriend!!! Way to go! I'm thrilled that you won 1st place - so well deserved! We are all going to have to bring our teacups to NC next year for a real teacup party! I can't wait to see it in person - hugs from CA!

Diane said...

Thearica! I've spent ages poring over every little bit of your wonderful block. There are so many little stitching delights from your lovely beaded seam, the headscarf on the little girl, the tiny birds balancing on the grasses, I could go on and on. It is a delight and you certainly deserve to win.

Loralynn said...

Truely charming! I get lost trying to figure out the first element let alone putting together all these different elements. You make them look so wonderful!

karenfae said...

that stitch work is amazing you should be very proud of your work.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Jennifer Swan Hopkins said...

Oh How GORGEOUS! HPS ♥

Jennifer Swan Hopkins

CareyAnn said...

This is just the most beautiful quilting I have ever seen. You are so talented. I wonder how long it took you to complete this. I wish I could do this.
Careyann

SavannahGranny said...

OMG! your work is beautiful. The detail in amazing. She is one lucky granddaughter. Hugs, Ginger

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

What a beautiful work of art! I'm sure it will be treasured!
PS-Lovin' the name of your blog:@)

Mari said...

HELLO HAPPY PINK SATURDAY~WHAT A GORGEOUS WORK OF ART :)

Donnie said...

That is gorgeous and so very creative.

Jillian said...

Oh my. That is beautiful! You are very good at this. :0)

Jillian
Bella Rosa Antiques

Sarah said...

Even without seeing any of the other squares, I'd give you first prize. This is amazing. For someone who hasn't done a crazy quilt, you certainly did a fantastic job. The detail and fine workmanship is awesome. I know your granddaughter will treasure this all her life. I've stitched a crazy quilt and I know how much work goes into each square. ~ Sarah

xinex said...

That is so adorable with so much beautiful details...Christine

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Congratulations on your win! I can see why this won. Every inch of this square is just magical, and the total of it is beautiful. Loved getting to see every wonderful detail up close. I'm so glad you linked this treasure to Favorite Things. laurie

Hilachas said...

OMG! That quilt is gorgeous. Is it all handwork?

Quayceetatter said...

Very pretty tea cup block!

hueisei said...

Congrats on your win! I don't think I can ever make this crazy quilt. I can't. Well, geat work and finally I know what it's mean by crazy quilt...

icia said...

Your work is amazing. I love your blocks.

Denyse @ Crazy Beautiful Life said...

Thearica! There are no words to describe how beautiful your quilts are. Thanks for coming over and strutting your stuff!