Oh... happy days are here! I am finally caught up with my CQJP 2012 blocks...well not counting my October block that I'm still working on. I am so happy that I pushed myself through the year to continue making a block a month - really gives you a feeling of accomplishment and I'm now looking forward to CQJP 2013. If you haven't joined in, in passed years - you need too! Just think, at the end of the year you have 12 pieces of your very own work that you can do what you will with them.
A while back I had found an adorable picture of a mother and child and thought it would make for a beautiful pillow. I'm actually planning on making up most of my CQJP blocks into pillows or purses to be part of my pretties offered at Christmas in my Etsy shop.
For the frame I used a vintage doilie (I will be listing quite a few of these in my shop) and embellished it with tea stained silk ribbon, beads, porcelain beads. I bought the porcelain beads from Thearica's shop over at crazyquiltingsupplies I'm not sure if she has had the time to upload these pretties but I'm sure if you contact her she'll be happy to sell you some. Be sure to check out her fabulous selection of Pearl Cottons and Silk Ribbon - colors to die for!
I also tea stained the little angel, teddy bear, baby carriage, dragonfly, bow etc. to give the block a vintagey feel. I know every time I finish a block I say the same thing "this is one of my favorites" Guess I should try and vary my color choices from time to time and step outside my box of blues.
A couple months ago I blogged about a one-on-one swap I was having with my friend Judy. The other day I received my pink and green block that I had sent her to work on and was blown away with how beautiful it came home to me. Hard to belive that Judy just started Crazy Quilting! The detail, stitching, embellishing and endless hours Judy put into embellishing this block will be cherished forever. My plans are to make in into a pillow to match another block that I previously made using the same fabric... should be a pretty pair for sure! Thank you Judy for swapping with me - I'm game for another one when you're ready!
Lately it seems I have been spending most of my "dyeing" time filling custom orders. I did find some time to play with lots of new colors and laces and hope to start uploading the many beautiful laces I have dyed for RavioLee Dreams in the coming days.
With fall comes a change in colors .... ya'll know I love my pastels but working with darker shades seem to be just as pretty. If you are looking for a particular color, color combination or themed motif/lace, drop me a note.