Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Cathy L's Pansy Round Robin block

I finished embellishing this block for Cathy in the Pansy DYB (Do Your Block) Round Robin at CQI.  I chose this block to work on because I loved the colour combinations.  The first thing I did on this block was the purple butterfly in the corner, the one from the tutorial the other day. 
I had two gorgeous little pansy buttons/beads so I built a seam treatment to highlight them. I dyed  a piece of lace trim with Adirondack alcohol inks to go along the pansy patch at the bottom right hand corner and attached it with translucent purple seed beads.
The pansy appliques in the bottom left hand corner and along the right hand side were cut from a gorgeous piece of pansy ribbon I have been hoarding and I used Steam a Seam to attach them and buttonhole stitched around with Balgers braid in a gold/silver mix. 
The button cluster I built because I wanted to use of my glass Czech buttons, the green one, and the other buttons are shell and a vintage glass button.  I also added a couple silver beads and crystals to one of the shell buttons.  The ribbon alongside the button cluster is some of a beautiful pansy coloured ribbon from Piecemakers that Marya sent me awhile back.  I am definitely getting better at using some of these little treasures instead of hoarding them all! 

I put some more work into making a velvet pansy for this block andc I think the results of these are improving as I work on my technique!  If I do another on the next Pansy block I will do a tutorial as I go along.
I really enjoyed working on this block, the colours just called out to me and I adore pansies so it was a lot of fun to work with this theme.  Hopefully Cathy will like what I have done on her block.

1 comment:

Cathy said...

No, Cathy doesn't like what you've done to her blocks...she LOVES what you have done to her blocks. Thanks for sharing the story that goes with it and sharing your treasures with me. We will have a pansy garden that lives on through the seasons. -- Thanks, Cathy L