Saturday, September 24, 2011
Darlene's theme was fairy tales. I chose Jack and the Beanstalk. I added a piece of lace that my cousin gave me from her stash and did some viney stitching with beads. Also framed the silkie with more beads and stitching. Usually my work tends to be bright and colorful, but somehow this turned out quite pastel in tone.
Monday, June 13, 2011
Misty's blocks have a "Fantasy Art" theme based on the art of Josephine Wall. This was a challenge for me as I've never been much into fantasy, fairies, and such. I googled Josephine Wall and got to see plenty of her work, so between that and the silkie on the block, I gave it my best. It took a while, but I think I'm happy with it now.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
I wasn't too sure about pink- never thought much about it one way or the other. After working on Lori's block, it's beginning to grow on me. I guess there's no color I really dislike.
Lori had already done some work on the block before she sent it out. I had always admired the boullion roses that others have done so I tried my hand at those. They are in the lower right corner.
There are also 3 little flowers made of sequin waste in that corner. I also did the serpentine seam to the left of the roses.
I added the tatted butterfly and the beaded seam to the right of "him". Last, but not least, I did the horizontal seam on the light pink patch in the lower left corner. I had a lot of fun working on this block.
Monday, April 4, 2011
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Last year I participated in a red color study in the CQ for Newbies group. This year they're doing a pink study. At first I wasn't going to sign up, but after thinking about all the pink stuff I won in a contest back when I first joined, and the fact that a pink block would look nice next to the red block, I signed up. In the red study, I included a small red zipper on my block. Since I have way too many of these zippers, in all colors, I decided to add a zipper to my pink block also. Here's my block - ready to take off on the Pink Color Study.
The last blocks of the Summer Dreams RR arrived about a week ago. Of course I had visions of flowers, butterflys and bees in mind, but when I opened the baggie and saw the 2 remaining blocks, that all went out the window. Blue fabric with lots of water themes just screaming out for a day at the shore. I started with the blue and red seam and then went to the lower right corner to do some seaweed and fishes. Then I moved on to the lower left patch with the flying gull. I added a sailboat and did the seam with fly stitches and straight stitches to resemble flying gulls. About that time I "saw" hot air balloons in the sky. I kept the remaining seams
'quiet' so they wouldn't distract from the balloons. Finally, I made one of the sand dollars in the upper right corner into a sun. What's a day at the beach without the sun! This was really a fun block to work on.
Monday, March 7, 2011
When I got my 5 completed blocks back from the Autumn DYB rr, it wasn't that difficult to finish that last block. Then the question was what to do with these blocks. Everyone's work was far too grand to put them away in a pile somewhere. After studying loads of eye candy, I decided to make a book. That meant making a front cover and a back cover. To make a long story short, I did it! It's not the greatest, and I did learn a lot about how not to construct a book. I intend to make more with the other DYB round robin blocks I've been in.
Friday, February 25, 2011
In CQ for Newbies we did a series of blocks, one for each season of the year. Each person pieced a block and embellished half of it. It was then sent to another person to do the other half before being returned to the original piecer. I've had my finished blocks laying around for a while but was too busy with other RRs to bother doing anything with the blocks. Those other RRs are finishing up now and I have more time. The fact that it's been pretty snowy this winter has helped also. So ----- I made a wall hanging out of my 4 seasons blocks. It's a little warped and not exactly square, but it's my first "big" CQ project. I had forgotten how to make bias tape and how to turn corners with the stuff. Thanks to the internet, it was easy to refresh my mind and I muddled through. There is a tube on the back for hanging. I just have to get a dowel to slide in there.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
I just finished working on my Summer Dreams block for Helina, in Finland. We each make a tiny booklet to circulate along with the blocks so each person can record what she did, along with any other information. I enjoy reading what each person has to say about her work, and so on. In this RR we have 2 ladies from Finland, Ritva, who mails to me, and Helina. Ritva was the last one to work on these blocks. I read what the other 2 ladies had to say and turned the page expecting to read what Ritva said. Well, there it was all right. All in Finnish!!! At first I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me, and then I realized it WAS a foreign language.
Anyway, Helina had a couple of blocks with butterlies on them but they had already been taken so I constructed one of my own from some butterfly fabric I had bought quite a while ago just for this purpose. I have made a lot of butterflies but there are still a lot more to go in that 1/2 yard of fabric.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
In CQ for Newbies, when someone is experiencing tough times, we have what is called the "Hearts and Flowers" program. Anyone who feels like it, can make a cheerful block with either hearts or flowers on it and send it to the person to brighten her day. Here is the block I just finished for Marilynne, who had a heart attack. I hope it cheers her up.
See that lace in the corner? Here's the story. My cousin, Suzi, gave it to me. She got it from a friend of her's who was the god daughter of the Dodge family of Omaha, NE. They had no living family, so she became heir to the estate. This lace was in the drapes of the Dodge house ~ a big mansion in Omaha.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
I finished working on the Under The Sea block for Carolyn. This is the end of this round robin. I'll be sending the blocks home to Carolyn early next week. I could send them tomorrow (friday), but they're so pretty I decided to enjoy them over the weekend before sending them home.
Somewhere in my internet travels, I saw a UTS block with a treasure chest and thought that was a neat idea. The sandy bottom of this block seemed to be wanting such a chest, so I made one.
Friday, January 14, 2011
This is the work I did on Lorrie's block for the Summer Dreams. I did a 3-D butterfly out of some butterfly fabric I had, and added some tatted butterflies and a couple of boullion stitich bees. I added some SRE to one of the flowers in the fabric and filled the center of the flower with beads. The rest is just seamwork I did.