Sunday, February 23, 2014

New Round Robin for 2014

Well, I finally finished up the Lace and Pearl Round Robin and waiting for one more block to get home. While I wait, I've been working on My block of the Lace and Pearl RR.

No pictures yet, but will post when the block is finished.  I did, however, sign up for an new Round Robin for 2014, that starts April 1st, Garden & Flower DYB. Excited to get started, but will wait for April. LOL! 

I have finished creating my blocks for the ladies in the RR to embellish for me. I fell in love with some Garden pictures, and printed them on a Satin/Cotton blend fabric for the blocks.  I'm happy with the blocks so far, and look forward to seeing how they will be embellished.

I received the Blue/Green/Purple Flower fabric from a CQ friend at a Christmas Cracker Swap. The dark Purple fabrics and Greens were also a part of that same Christmas Cracker, Thanks Marci!

I think the colors work well with the Floral Linen fabric and the lovely Dark brown and floral silk tie, as well as the beige micro suede.  I had the lovely little lace and just had to use it on this set of blocks. I'm currently working out the final layout of the project. We'll see how it goes.
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Now that Holidays are over

With the Holidays over, I received Barbara's blocks for the Lace & Pearls Round Robin (RR) and have been working on the block all of January. Finally finished up the block tonight and decided to share photos.
I figured it was about time I finally got something posted to my blog.  LOL!

Ok, Barbara's blocks are based on a Vintage Silky she has of two bugs walking into the "Lace Shop" operated by Spider & Spider Co. (I'm smiling, because I've seen the Silky and I think it is a cute idea.)

Barbara's Block

I placed the Lace on the upper left corner, right corner with spider, and the brown lace on lower left corner.  Right lower corner has lace that Barbara put on the block. I beaded that lace with pearls and gold seed beads.

On the Upper left lace, which has two types of flowers, is vintage. I cleaned the lace and it suddenly matched the fabric beneath. So, I outlined the leaves and one flower. The upper flower is stitched with Bullion stitches surrounding pearl seed beads. The Treads of the Bullion Stitches and the Foxglove flowers in the Floral Spray, is hand dyed by Loraine. A CQ friend of mine, who has an Etsy shop called Color Compliments. Beautiful hand dyed fibers.

I used Silk Ribbon for my Floral Spray. The yellow/orange, green and purple were hand dyed by Gretchen who owns the Florilegium in Parkville, Missouri. Wonderful woman who has a shop that Crazy Quilters would die for. LOL!  It is wonderful to have something so close to home.

My last picture is of the Spider on the upper right corner of the block. I have to admit, that I enjoy doing cute and special things on blocks for my CQ friends. I decided that since this was for the Spider & Spider Co., who make lace, why not show a spider working. So, that's what I did. Red arrow shows you that the "silk" is coming out the back of the spider, and that she is making the lace on which she clings.   Thanks for checking out my blog, and I hope you enjoyed the eye candy and picked up some inspiration and information.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Gayle's Finished Block for the Lace & Pearls RR

Today I finished Gayle S's Block for the CQI Lace & Pearls Round Robin. I love these colors, they are my Christmas Colors. But I've said that before.

I just had so much fun working on this block and although I stayed in the block color way, I feel that it turned out very nice. 

Gayle didn't want it to be a Christmas Block, so I tried to make it as Winter as I could. And since I do see deer in my back yard during the Winter months, I thought I'd throw in the Reindeer. 

I took a Reindeer charm that is made of raw brass, painted it with Acrylic paints and then used a non-toxic gloss sealer. I was quite happy with the finished results, as this was only the second time I have attempted this process, and I was following the directions from a class I took years ago.  Good thing I keep all those class handouts. LOL!

I use a Rayon thread from Edmar, for the Feather Stitch and embellished with 6x5mm White heart beads and a small vintage blue pearl bead to accent each heart bead.

The flower cluster is made with satin ribbon and I put pearl beads in the center of the larger flower and a very small crystal cluster in each of the smaller flowers. Blue and white French Knots make up the Lilac type flowers to the Left of the larger flower. I added blue glass AB Leaf beads and finished off with the Silver butterfly charm with Blue crystals.

A  Cretan Stitch in White Silk thread and embellished with Blue 5mm cupped sequins held on with the vintage Blue pearl beads. Small white pearl beads decorate the upper center portion of the stitch and Swarovski crystal beads are at the end of the upper long stitch.

The silver fan is a small charm that is stitched on with silver metallic thread by Krenik and some silver seed beads were added to the base of the fan.

I used a White velvet Ric Rac for the last seam and embellished with silver flower spacer beads that are held on with a small white pearl bead. Silver metallic and Blue rayon threads alternate along the ric rac, with blue bugle beads stitched over the joining of the two threads.

I finished off with a silver flat back button with blue crystals. This button looked like an icy snowflake to me and I just couldn't resist using it on this block.

I hope you enjoy this block as much as I enjoyed working it up.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Gayle's Block

I have received Gayle's block for the Lace and Pearls Round Robin (RR). Although I have enjoyed each of the ladies' blocks, I must admit that I was looking forward to getting this set of blocks.  Why?

Well, they are in my colors. I'm not into Red and Green for Christmas, I'm a blue ice, white snowflakes and Crystal and Silver individual. It just screams Winter!  Besides that, my eyes are blue and that color has always made me look good. Need I say more?

While working on the block, I used one of my favorite seam treatments. Velvet Ric Rac, decorated with silk or metallic threads and beads. I always work it differently for each project, but it always looks rich with detail and is a striking treatment.

I carry this Ric Rac in several different colors in my Etsy shop. It is such a lovely trim and has a multitude of uses. This is NOT your Grandmother's Ric Rac. LOL.

I used the White on Gayle's block and used blue silk thread and silver metallic thread, as well as blue bugle beads and  lovely little (ok, they are tiny) silver daisy spacer beads and size 15/0 white seed beads. 

This may be a technique you would like to try sometime in the future.  You can find my shop at:

I'll have Gayle's block finished early next week and I'll post it here for those of you that are interested in seeing the finished block. So far, I'm very pleased with it and rather wishing it was my block. LOL.

I hope everyone has a great weekend. 


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Lace & Pearls Round Robbin Too

I have been busy these past three months working on some Round Robin blocks for ladies at Crazy Quilt International (CQI).  One lady I have know for years now and think of her as a very special friend.

Cathy K. is very special and such a joy to be around. We met in Omaha, NE some ten years ago, at the Crazy Quilt Society Retreat. It has been fun to be her friend since that first day.

There are five of us in this Round Robbin (RR) and we each made our own blocks. So, each individual will work on one block for each person in the RR. Then at the end, we will finish a block for ourselves, to complete the work. What fun this has been.

We have two months to go, so I thought I might share the blocks I've done with those of you who are not members of the Yahoo Groups CQI.

The first was Connie's block, which I have posted earlier. It was the Fan block made with the vintage handkerchief.

The Second block was Andrea's. Andrea lives in India and used some lovely paisley fabric. I could not help myself, I love paisley and I just had to make one for her block. It just called to me. LOL!
I also tatted the orange lace for the block.

I did the feather stitch beaded line across the bottom seam and used orange beads (3) at each point on the feather stitching. I used a flower chenille trim below the tatted lace and placed pearl and gold beads in the center of the flower.
The pearl strip across the upper seam just seemed a little plain, so I trimmed it with Gold Delica Beads.  While the center was bordered on the left side with Blanket Stitch Fans. The fans have beading along their tops made in clusters of 3 white beads, to look like lace.
I worked the paisley before I added anything else. It was the image that came to me based on the fabric that borders the center fabric. I drew the paisley, stitched the lace down, worked the green sequins with small white seed beads and finished off with the orange Delica seed beads. I knew the oval MOP (mother of pearl) beads and the pearl button would be the center point of the paisley.
Although I'm not real happy with the overall look of the block, I'm pleased with what I have done. This block was finished in September.
I finished Cathy K's block two days ago and I have to admit, I am really happy with the way it turned out. Cathy placed a lovely metallic lace on each block. I chose the block, because I thought that I would use the lace as a headdress for an embroidered lady's face.
However, as I spent time with the block and lace, it suddenly came to me. Oh my! It just has to be a Peacock!   So, I drew the peacock on a sheet of paper, reduced it on my printer until it fit with the lace. Traced it onto a separate piece of fabric (because I didn't want to damage the block) and started with the satin stitch on the face and body of the peacock.
The peacock's comb is done in Fly Stitch. The crown of the head is in pink bullion stitches, to give it dimension. I appliqued the peacock body to the block once the lace was placed and then added bullion stitches to the back and rear of peacock in the colors of the lace tail, to try to blend the peacock in with the lace. The half circle where the peacock body is, was a flower spray. I cut that from the lace before I started working, thinking I would use it elsewhere on the block.
When I finished with the peacock body, I realized I had open space and needed to find a want to make it look natural.  I took that floral spray I had removed from the lace, cut it in half and put it on either side of the peacock body. This make the whole thing come together.
Stem Stitch and pink & white seed beads make up the vine. Stem stitch and flat back buttons where used for the three flowers.  While gold spacer beads and pearl bead and seed beads were used in the design at the top. Laces and three metallic lace butterflies complete the look.
Here is a close up of the peacock for those of you who have waited. LOL! Enjoy!


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Crazy Quilt International Round Robin

I have joined a Round Robin with 4 other ladies that is called Lace & Pearls. It is a Do Your Own Block (DYB), where we each make 5 blocks of our choosing and the other ladies Crazy Quilt a block for each individual in the RR.

I received Connie's block in early August and worked on it until I was happy with the way it turned out. Sent the finished block and her other blocks on to the next person in line, and promptly for got to post any pictures here, or to say anything about them.  Go figure!

Well, today I received word that the Crazy Quilt International Owner, has chosen new pictures on individual works for the Covers of their Galleries on CQI at Yahoo.  Well, I just had to see who's work was chosen.

To my surprise, the block I made for Connie was chosen for Gallery 3. Wow! I am so honored to have my work chosen and I just had to post this blog and include a picture of the block.

I am just Stunned! But so happy.

Here is a closer look:

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Visitors today

I was sitting at my computer this morning and saw the most wonderful sight out the window.  You see, my desk is in my Studio and faces the window to the back yard. This way I get to see all the goings on in the woods behind the house.

My visitors were unexpected, but not unwelcome. And it was refreshing to see the little ones with Mom.

I believe that this is Mom with last years daughter and this year's twins.

Here you can see the difference in the size of the Doe.
Cute as a button!

A 1/2 hour of fun and serenity.