Saturday, October 10, 2009

My Block for Replacement Quilt

When I found out my friend, Lyn, was organizing one of the online groups to make a quilt for a member's aunt who had lost things in a fire I knew this was something I wanted to be part of. The original quilt was a wedding quilt and of course can never be replaced but hopefully the warm thoughts stitched into this replacement will be a comfort. Lyn pieced all the blocks of white and pink satin and she sent me the one above to work on. Easy to stitch on such a lovely canvas!
The quilt blocks are to be done in pink, white and green so I used my new found skills from one of the classes at the CQI retreat to applique a velvet pansy. I cut the petals from a piece of velvet ribbon and used buttonhole stitch to applique them to the block. I added a bit of colour to the center of the flower by using one strand of pink DMC floss and straight stitches. The finishing touch was the pale yellow beads I stitched down using Fireline.
I like button clusters and have not done one for awhile so I dug out the button box and added one. The large flower button in the center is plastic but not obviously so. There is a glass button to the right and a pink mother of pearl disc. At the top is a gold metal button and a few silver beads. All the rest are shell buttons.


To the left of the pansy I placed part of a thrift store necklace onto some lace and added a meandering silk ribbon.I am getting a bit braver with the silk ribbon embroidery and managed a motif inspired by one in A - Z of Silk Ribbon. I'm quite happy with how this one turned out.

And, last but not least, here is a photo of the entire finished block which will be heading off in the mail to Lyn on Tuesday after Thanksgiving. I hope it fits in well with the other blocks and am looking forward to seeing photos of the finished project.

9 comments:

Karen said...

Kerry,
I enjoyed seeing the way you worked on this block!! Beautiful job! I love the pansy, I am trying to teach myself how to do them. My first attempt was not too good, but maybe the next will be better!! This quilt will be a beauty!

gocrazywithme said...

Kerry, your SRE work is so lovely on this. So delicate. Poor lady who lost things in a fire! She will certainly feel the love with this quilt.

Ruby said...

Lovely block! I enjoyed the step by step photos. Buttons are one of my favorites. :)

Ann Flowers said...

Wow Kerry that block turned out Stunning!!!! Just gorgeous!!

You mention celebrating thanksgiving, when is that for you?


Ann

Diane said...

Lovely block Kerry. Way to go with the velvet pansy! And your silk ribbon heart is precious.

Cathy K said...

WOW. I love every single thing you did on that block - what a feminine, PERFECT collage of techniques, textures, and motifs! One of the nicest pieces I've seen all year!! Hugs, Cathy

Selina said...

just beautiful. I especially love the silk ribbon embroidery, great job.

Carol said...

Lovely. Amazing how different the embellishments change the look of the block.

GailM. said...

I'm just loving looking at all your stitching. I want to do an all white/cream piece after I get my current project done. I've been collecting threads for a year to do this. Even your blog header is so inspiring. I'm impressed!!