Friday, July 3, 2009

Vintage CQ...Flower #4

It's been warm, and our house doesn't have air conditioning...so I have moved my base of operations outdoors. And how delightful it has been!

In the tree right above me is a robin's nest, with Mom and Dad Robin very busily tending to two little chirpers. Such dedicated parents they are, so much flying to and fro! Every once in awhile Mom will land on the limb closest to my table to check me out for a moment or two...then off she goes to find something else to feed her babies.
They are great entertainment as I stitch away...

Flower #4 features some rick rack flowers...I use Mokuba 2mm rayon rick rack, and the ombre ribbon in the leaves is Mokuba also.
It is an interesting design challenge, how to fill the black star space in a way that is balanced, but different, each time.....

20 comments :

Raspberry said...

Ooo - love this one. Especially the way you did a couple shades for the leaves.

LindaSonia said...

Loving these flowers a lot - they look like forget me nots! LindaSonia

Vicki W said...

What an ideal day!

Shogun said...

Is that a specific flower? Looks like my agapanthus!

Lisa Caryl said...

It's going beautifully Allie! Love following along with your new project. Wish we were going to see you in Omaha!

Summerset said...

What a neat set up - very inspiring to sit in such a surrounding. I think it's a great idea to come up with something different for each star! Although I'm pretty sure after #12 or #13, I'd feel differently.

Barbara said...

Oh this one is the best so far, how on earth did you do those leaves? What did you use?

FredaB said...

Hi Allie

What an interesting idea to use the tiny ric rac for the little flowers. Must try this sometime. I love the shaded ribbon for the leaves.

I have no doubt that you will continue to come up with various flowers and keep us all amazed.

Hugs

FredaB

averyclaire said...

Your work is gorgeous. This is going to be a winning, beautiful piece!

Conni said...

The flowers are delightful - this is going to be another amazing quilt!

Lisa said...

love this one!

Walden said...

Beautiful. I love the gradation of the leaves.

Bear said...

What a perfect place to sit and stitch and wot a perfect blue4 flower with their ombre leaves- I really love this. Its a perfect way to have something pretty in a black star space
love n hugs bear xoxoxoxoxo

Cheryl said...

Each of these look better than the last. This is going to be another wonderful tribute to your creativity!

Gail said...

I work from home and often move into the garden in summer. It can be very productive and makes you feel better about working when the weather is gorgeous.

JoWynn Johns said...

Charming! Love the bee.

Melissa Haren said...

I think I may move outdoors. I just have to convince hubby that I NEED my sewing machine, embroidery machine, ironing board and iron, and six foot long crafting table! Oh and my laptop and supply shelves, and spool rack.... who am I kidding? Have fun!

Plays with Needles said...

This may be one of my favorites too...the balance is quite lovely...and the setting is really quite balanced too...Love that there are three chairs around your workspace -- it looks very cozy...

Just a heads up to check out this post...

http://hoorayforneedlework.blogspot.com/2009/07/scrap-block-quilt-is-finished.html

you'll see why...

Jean said...

I'm thinking that it would be really hard not to be inspired out in your beautiful yard. Aren't the birds great! We had a nest in a tree out front and the little ones have now flown off.... at least we hope they have. We know that one didn't make it.... possibly a cat, or it fell out of the nest. Hate to see that happen... but, such is the cycle of life. We can enjoy them while they are here!
Have a great week! Your blocks are looking wonderful! I forget how many your doing?

Maven said...

I keep scrolling through your archives looking at these wonderful flowers you're doing. I don't know if I noticed a Scottish thistle yet. Have you attempted it?