Wednesday, 6 February 2013

CQJP 2013 - January - Day 1

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me - A partridge in a pear tree......

So for January's block (yes I know I'm late, had to wait for my pears to be made by my friend Kathy) - I give you the first day of Christmas.

The partridge is removable, so it can be hung on the tree.  The partridge is made of felt, with blanket stitch in gold thread. He is mounted to a wrapped wire frame.

The 'one' is goldwork and their tree is chain stitch, stem stitch, and wrapped wires. 

The leaves are a ruched double wire ribbon. Like I mentioned before the pears were made by my Fibres and Fabrics friend Kathy S. (not Kathy Shaw).
Kathy has hand painted them for me to match the colour of the block. Kathy made me several different sorts, two shank ones, two 3D ones and 4 button types, all in various shades.

 Boy what a wonderful friend.  The shank one is the one that the partridge hangs from.

Finished of with the seams of gold creten stitch, burgundy chevron and cream blanket stitch.  The top left corner is trimmed with green and burgundy braid.  Here was my sketch of what I wanted to achieve for this block, I think I came pretty close to what I wanted.  I really think the pears make it.

Now onto February, day 2, two turtle doves!!!



gocrazywithme said...

This is going to be so much fun watching it develop over the year. Thanks for sharing the photos

Shawkl said...

Oh, this will be a fun project to watch you complete! And, it will be wonderful along side your Christmas Tree Skirt from last year! What a great idea! You rock!!!
Also, love the other Kathy's clever she is!

crazyQstitcher said...

What a fabulous idea for the year of blocks Arlene and what a stunner they will be stitched together.

The pears and partridge are wonderful.

Linda Steele said...

Looks like you are going to have another Christmas year. I will look forward to seeing all the blocks.

Viv and Eddie said...

This will be super when finished Arlene. Nice to put your face to your name with the Scout Jamboree photos too.

Diane said...

What a neat idea to have the 12 days of Christmas, and what a great beginning block.

Suztats said...

Fabulous Arlene! This is such a great idea. Hmmm, how are you going to fit 12 drummers on your December block?

margaret said...

what great imagination to come up with the 12 days of Christmas for your CQJP project,this going to be a great project to follow.

shirley said...

Love your blocks too Arlene, they are great.
i hope your art and craft fair is successful