Thursday, February 19, 2009

Lots of Eye Candy

Remember my last post where Miss Maddie was sitting at the window trying to find Spring? Well, this a.m. it is so dang cold -- seriously folks -- it's only 18 degrees outside. Maddie decided she needed a house within a house to keep warm. This is her little tent, or her "cube" as I call it. This is a fun toy because she can jump around on the walls of it and make it roll over and over and over. But I'm sure you can tell from the expression on her face she's not a happy campber.

In my group, CQForNewbies, we've been talking about how to embellish "patches" -- you know, those great big empty spaces that sometimes creep up in a block. My fellow list owner, JK, is showing how she does patches. She does the most beautiful artwork that she paints and transfers on her blocks. Since I'm not that talented , here's how I tackle patches using needle and thread. Please be advised most of these are still works in progress so these are just to give you some ideas and inspiration.

The green spirals above are a nice curvy shape to break up all the hard lines of a machine pieced CQ block. I've started adding some beads, also in a curvey line.

On this block I'm using the fabric as my inspiration. I've started outlining the flowers and beading the centers. Next I'll probably add some embroidery to the birdhouses to make them stand out a little more also.

On this block, I've enhanced the flowers on the center patch and then added lots of feather stitching to the left of the patch. I've added beading and green leaves to the feather stitching to mimic the flowers on the center patch. While the feather stitching could be considered a seam embellishment, I just wanted to let you know that not all seam embellishments need to stay on the seam line. They can wander all around, make curvy lines, spill over into the next block. It all adds interest to your blocks.

Here's the (almost) completed block. This is for Lynn, a CQForNewbies member who is recovering from a very serious auto accident. She's been in rehab for over a month now (maybe 2 or even 3 months). We do a Hearts and Flowers Shower for any member that has a celebration or needs a pick me up. This month we ended up with two members needing Hearts & Flowers, as one of our members was involved in the Australian fires.

I hope the above pics have helped you all some. If you have any questions, just ask and I'll answer everything in the comments so everyone can read.

p.s. Once again, blogger is not letting my pictures enlarge after you click on them. Seems I only get 1 picture to do that and then the rest of them don't. All pictures have the same settings, etc. If anyone knows how to fix this mystery, please let me know.


Charlene said...

Miss Maddie looks snug as a bug in a rug - and that girl standing next to the flower is SO pretty!! Stay warm -- it's coming!

PegSue said...

Having two cats in the house...I know what its like.
Your hints are appreciated, you always start me thinking along different pathways. You do beautiful work. Happy stitching, Peggy in FL

Anonymous said...

I like the green curvy lines. I never think of the machine pieced lines as hard. I think of them as crisp and like them. It's all in the eye of the beholder, isn't it? =)

Your work on the blocks is gorgeous.