Skip to main content

My DYB Pansy Blocks are Home!

I was very happy to participate in the Pansy DYB Round Robin at CQI.  Pansies are one of my favourite flowers and stitching in this theme has been a delight.  As the round robin draws to a close, my blocks have come home to me and I couldn't be happier with them.
This first block was stitched for me by Arlene in Australia.  Arlene makes the loveliest large ribbon pansies and I am lucky enough to have this purple one on my block from her.  Other highlights include the hand-dyed leaves in the bottom left corner and the sparkling dragonfly.
This block was done for me by Cathy in Iowa.  I am always making these three dimensional butterflies for others, so Cathy thought I might like one for myself.  She was right!  I always love crocheted motifs like these pansies as well, since I am not a crocheter myself.
Alice made this block for me and added a silkie from one of Carolyn's watercolours.  Alice has outlined it in tatting which she tea dyed for a vintage look.  I like the way Alice picked up on the fabrics and accented them - the beaded bodies for the dragonflies, the beads on the butterfly fabric and the additions to the batik fabrics - very cool!
This is the block Carolyn did - awesome!  The velvet pansy applique is so lovely.  I'm adding a photo of this one to my files for future inspiration - I just love the way Carolyn has made it.  The seams are beautiful and there is a darling yellow butterfly in the corner.
This beauty was stitched by Lisa, and she really outdid herself with the beautiful ribbon pansies all over the place.  Lisa also does beautiful seam treatments and it's a treat to see them in person.
Here is the last block - this one was shared between all the stitchers so everyone did some of it.  So many things to admire on this block, a bit of the best of all the other blocks.  It is a great collaboration. So, now it will be up to me to decide what to do with these blocks.  I am thinking maybe a small wall hanging? 


Suztats said…
They're beautiful, and will make a wonderful wall hanging!

Popular posts from this blog

Love my chooks!

Chickens have got to be frugal, right?  They love to forage around the yard looking for things to eat and, in fact, only eat half as much feed as when they are penned up in the winter.  I love watching them out there too, interacting in their little social ways.  When they are outside foraging the egg yolks get a lovely bring colour and are so much more appealing than pale store eggs. Unfortunately, we heard from the neighbour last weekend that something got in and killed most of their chickens.  Not too sure what it was although I thought it sounded like a weasel since it didn't take the birds, just killed them and left them.  Of course, that could easily be a loose dog too.  The only thing we have caught sight of is a fox hanging around but I am inclined to disbelieve she is to blame since I think she would have taken the birds with her and wouldn't have killed so many at once.   In the meantime, my chooks have had their freedom curtailed until we determine if it is saf

Win This Quilt!

The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) is starting a newsletter! Sign up before noon (Eastern) on November 13, 2012 and you’ll be in a drawing to win “Bright Star” featured here. “Bright Star” was made by AAQI supporter Martha Wolfersberger of Frenchtown, MT. The quilt measures 8.25″ x 12″ and it is meticulously machine pieced and quilted. Sign up here: The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative® ( is a national, grassroots charity whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research. The AAQI auctions and sells donated quilts, and sponsors a nationally touring exhibit of quilts about Alzheimer’s. The AAQI has raised more than $773,000 since January 2006. Thank you for making the AAQI possible!

Waste Canvas Tutorial (Cross Stitch)

I was preparing to put a small cross stitch motif on a crazy quilt block when I remembered I had promised to do a tutorial on doing this with waste canvas, so here it is. You need to find a small cross stitch pattern you like that will fit in the space you have and figure out how large a piece of waste canvas you will need. Most cross stitch charts are graphed into 10 X 10 squares like the ones above. Waste canvas looks like needlepoint canvas except a little lighter-weight and is marked off in 5 stitch divisions by the blue threads. It comes in several sizes, 14 count being the most common and what I am using here. The canvas has double threads between each hole but you treat them as one unless you are doing a quarter or three-quarter stitch - they come in handy then as you can put your needle between the double threads to make the half stitch. I allowed myself half an inch on all four sides beyond the outer edge of where the motif will reach. Center the waste canvas on the spot yo