Sunday, October 17, 2010

Pansies DYB Round Robin - Alice`s replacement blocks

Unfortunately, Alice`s blocks went missing in the mail in this round robin but, happily, Carolyn made replacements and we are working them up so Alice won`t miss out.  This first block is the block I stitched on for Alice.  As with all the DYB (Do Your Block) Round Robins at CQI, everyone in this round robin completely embellishes one six inch block for each person.  The beautiful ribbon pansy I added was made by Arlene in Australia - she has such a knack for making these beauties!  The velvet leaves underneath are from my spending spree at The Berry Patch in Colorado.  In the bottom left hand corner there is a sprig of roses - stem stitch stems and fly stitch leaves made from silk buttonhole thread and the blossoms are wonderful metal beads Ing shared at retreat.  I love the pansy printed fabric and followed Carolyn`s lead by buttonhole stitching around the flowers, this time using DMC cotton floss.  There is a small cross stitch motif in the upper right hand corner, made using waste canvas.  I simply had to add a button cluster because I had such fun buttons to use on it:  glass, pansy, mother of pearl, etc.  Other than that I did a couple of bead dragonflies and seam treatments using silk buttonhole thread and added some wonderful trim I bought from Colleen at retreat.

In this particular round robin, we all decided to share the stitching on the 6th block that would usually go home unfinished for the owner to stitch.  This way we end up with six finished blocks each instead of five.  This is the replacement shared block.  Carolyn led the way with the buttonhole stitching on the printed pansy fabric - I think she used rayon threads for this.  She also did the two seams on the right hand side of the block, one of which uses ric rac very cleverly.  I added the yellow and purple seam above the printed pansy fabric as well as another of Arlene`s beautiful ribbon roses.

This round robin is almost over now.  I only have Lisa`s blocks left to stitch on and then I will be done.  I am excited to see my blocks when they come home!

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