Posted by: maureenc | March 26, 2014

CQJP2014 March interim report on Block Number 3

March block

With my pieces for Do what you love (postcard)
SouthernCrossCrazies Needlecase block COMPLETED
I decided it was time to return to my March block and try some of SharonB’s TAST stitches.

As I have chosen to use predominantly beige/cream/chocolate colours for the various patches I thought that I would work each block I a different colour.
March will be worked in shades of GREEN.
Seam 1:

Having used Triangular Closed Buttonhole stitch as a seam treatment on the “do what you love” postca usedrd, I chose to use a deep forest green wool on the top left seam on the ivory damask.

Seam 2:

Seam treatment on the chocolate silk sari fabric was worked in a curved chain stitch, using two strands of DMC #913. I then used some1/8inch pink dyed silk ribbon to stitch some loopy daisies which had pale pink seed beads as flower centres.
Seam 3:
DMC five ply #955 Buttonhole Picot stitches (TAST #87) I’m not satisfied with the way I stitched this as I felt my picots did not “sit” well.

Seam 4:
I have written in my logbook that it was Heavy Chain stitch! But I can find NO TAST reference number either with Sharon’s pages, or with Maureen’s CrazyQstitcher Did I dream it?
Anyway the seam treatment I did, used a rather old Rose brand cotton pearl #8 dyed green.
And to me is overlapping chained stitches.

Seam 5:
Coral stitch: Worked on the seam between the central block. The thread used was No5 Forest green FINCA thread. I was happy with the results of this seam treatment.

Seam 6: Flystitch (with a variation) Using two strands of DMC #913.

Having worked the seam treatments I moved on to the central block

where I plan on featuring a tree.
This month’s tree has been adapted from Judith Baker Montano’s “Elegant Stitches” where I have presented MY version of her “bull pines”.
Using varying strands of DMC cotton I have laid down stem stitch for the trunk and branches.
Colours used were DMC #3826,3829 and 729.
At this stage, I have used Derwent Intense pencils to colour in the background of foliage and ground. I hope to stitch in details later



  1. I don’t understand this but I love your work!

  2. Maureen, the Heavy Chain stitch has not been numbered, nor, I find have I used it in any TAST, TIF,or Module. We must have found it in Sharon’s dictionary.

    I like your block and the tree is great.



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