Monday, January 24, 2011


I just finished working on Betty’s block for our CQI Steampunk Round Robin.  Steampunk, if you aren’t familiar with it, is like Victorian Punk.  Or Gothic Victorian.  Think Jules Verne (gadgets and gizmos) meets the Gibson Girls (at Halloween?).  What if Sherlock Holmes had a computer (ornately brass plated, of course)?  Or if Teddy Roosevelt had a time machine?  Anyway, if you Google it (my standard recommendation, LOL), you begin to get the idea.

As I was the first stitcher on this block, I had the freedom to choose where to work.  There are three other stitchers after me before it returns to Betty, so I needed to do about 25% of the block.

I got to raid Bruce’s stash of hardware for the, um, Stuff.  :-)  Of course, I used my own black laces and trims, a silver button, a portion of a silver earring, silver beads, a jet black earring part, and a small clock face which I purchased from Alpha Stamps.  Love their stuff!

I wanted to do some embroidery, so I did an elaborate seam treatment. This pulled the greens over to that area of the block as well as repeating the black and silver.

Most of the hardware is attached with clear thread.  It is actually pretty lightweight; no heavier than adding brass charms.  The silver earring (the crescent portion) was the heaviest piece.  Silver button on top of that is the real thing, too, not plastic.

I sure have had some fun this month with crazy quilting, from Victorian Tea Time to Autumn Jungle to Steampunk. Next up ... Birds!! Nicki Lee’s blocks are gorgeous, and I think I have finally selected the one I would love to embellish. And when that’s done, I just repeat the entire process for next month!

And I finally went to the doctor today after suffering for three weeks with this cold or flu or sinus infection or whatever.  Well, two out of three, it turns out (not the flu).  Antibiotics, cough medicine, and I’ll be back on my voice in no time!

Cathy maroon


  1. looks great! I have had fun stitching on Colleen's Steampunk block.

  2. I so wanted to do the steampunk RR. I went in at least 6 times and almost signed up. My better sense of timing was strong as I have so much to do right now. I love what you doing with it!!

  3. Love this... steampunk is pretty cool stuff!

  4. A great way to put a modern touch on a classic!

  5. If someone had said to put a steampunk twist on CQ, I would have been hard pressed to envision it. Now I can, and I like it!!

  6. Wow! never heard of steampunking. I'm just loving CQing.

  7. Love what you are doing with this. It is always so amazing how embellishing/stitching can pull it all together. Take care, Connie

  8. Wow I will go to my friends and raid his hardware collection tomorrow. Then I will go to my sons then maybe Wal-Mart and Home Depot is next door. Can't wait till the garage sales start in the spring.

  9. I love your blog. I think that I want to make something in steampunk and CQ. I am a total newbie to blogging. I read my very first blog just a week ago. I started my own blog a few days ago. I think you might be a kindred spirit. You can visit me at: p://



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