Ah, what fun to just encrust a block with the simple idea of "More is more!"
After I finished beading the rose motif with my new Two Needle Applique skills, the rest of the block came together pretty quickly.
But first, to that rose....
Once it was done, I realized I just couldn't stand the clunky "shading". The contrast in values between the outline beads and the inner ones was too great. I could not use it as it was, so I had nothing to lose...
...and got out my acrylic paints, a little paintbrush, and just went for it.
I figured that Japanese seed beads are dyed...so why couldn't these be painted?
I like this better.
I cut it out and then used my fabric markers to color the edges of the foundation around the beads.
Then I trimmed it a little more closely, being careful not to snip any of my beading threads by accident.
I filled in the rest of my block with lots of fun stuff...
The yellow roses are from Susan; the fancy flower trim a gift from Betty; the waste canvas seam treatment in variegated pink/mauve was a design shared with me by Pam.
I love having my friends close when I stitch!
This will go off to join its sister blocks for this year's hospital quilt.
And now, to finish that Cottage CQ.....