Monday, April 5, 2010

Cotton CQ...Seams done

Thank you all for your very kind comments...I do love hearing from each and every one of you!

Lori asked if the butterflies are cut out from fabric.

Indeed they are. They are machine zigzag stitched with clear thread first, then gone over with a machine buttonhole stitch in Exceedingly Well Behaved Fashion Twist Kreinik Metallic Thread. I have never before had the pleasure of working with a machine metallic that did not shred on me. It is great stuff.

My seam treatment style on this piece is simple and hopefully graphic enough to enhance the whole but not "take over".

So I matched the colors and values of the ribbon and threads to their respective backgrounds. I wanted this to read "crazy quilt" but not get too busy.

Still, that center of appliqued flowers is no longer "holding its own". I've been waiting for last to develop and build up the center with ribbon flowers and stitching.
After all, aren't we supposed to eat our desert last?

Even though the weather has been really cold and wet (good for stitching), we still get some spectacular lighting around here in early spring...

...and it changes from minute to minute.

Hope your weather is better than ours!


Unknown said...

Allie, that block is so pretty.

Dena said...

I always enjoy seeing what you're working on. Your work is beautiful.

After a week of stormy weather, we have beautiful sunshine today.

Nicc79 said...

That block looks great!!


Beertje Zonn said...

The block is beautiful!
Bear regards,

Beertje Zonn
Bear from the Netherlands

Barbara C said...

Hi Allie, it's good to see a close up of your block. The stitching is very nice.

We had snow around her on Easter. Crazy weather, but fortunately, we were very cozy inside.

Possibilities, Etc. said...

That center square looks like a ray of sunshine landed there - beautiful!! Dancing flowers and butterflies.

Lisa Boni said...

Wow Allie! When I saw the block after you pieced it, I wasn't sure about it. Seemed too much of a contrast between the center and border. But now, what a transformation! I wish I could see the blocks side by side for comparison as I'm still not sure just what bit of magic it was that you used that made such a fabulous difference! Gorgeous! Can't wait to see you take it to the next step!

tongfengdemao said...

It just gets more beautiful. I can't wait to see the ribbon embroidery.