Monday, 23 January 2012

CQ Newbies - challenge - Celebrate life - first 3 weeks

A simple challenge to start the year off. One of the many groups I'm a member of on the Yahoo site is CQ for Newbies. They are currently running a challenge, and since I received a naked block for Christmas, it was easy to start.
The guidelines were: Each participant will piece a block with any theme of her choice. Although the overall theme is Celebrate Life!, you may choose to honor someone close to you, a particular special moment in your life or a series of Life’s moments that hold deep meaning to you. Or just have fun with your block. The sky’s the limit! Blocks must be a minimum of 8” in size when finished (8 ½” unfinished with seam allowances), but may be larger if desired. Every week for 6 weeks, participants will be given a special challenge stitch which must be incorporated into their block. The weekly stitch challenge will have 2 components: a basic stitch which beginner or less experienced stitchers might like to try, as well as a second stitch intended for more advanced stitchers. Either stitch could easily be incorporated into an embellished seam treatment suitable for your block’s theme. Everyone is encouraged to try the stitches no matter what their level of expertise. In addition to the weekly stitch challenges, there will also be some required elements which must be included on your block such as a fan or appliqued piece. After completing the weekly stitch challenges over 6 weeks, each person will have an additional 3 weeks to finish their block and post pictures no later than March 10, 2012.
Here is my naked block, a gift from last years Christmas cracker swap on CQI.
The first week was outline and stem stitch.
Second week was buttonhole and the advance part was cup wheel
And this week is cast-on and double cast-on.

It was fun learning this last stitch, as I've always wanted to do it, but hadn't got round to learning it.

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