Sunday, February 12, 2012

Finally...

Block 1 -Circles - January  - Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2012
...the end. Well, the end of the January block at least - only 11 more to go... Am I pleased with it... Reasonably - I am aware of the largish very bright lime green area. But in its own way because of its vibrant colour and being mostly unadorned - it almost balances out the busyness of the darkish mauve on the opposite side of the block. Perhaps the only thing I was considering was to embroider the month and year on the lime green. If this is going to be a sampler then a date would not be out of place. However, I was thinking I would wait until I have a couple more blocks completed before I make a final decision.

My daughter E, -  observed that I have a circle theme happening.. The main motifs, the buttons and mirrors - are all round.. That wasn't the intention when I started it was something that just evolved as I stitched and added. So I shall  call the block  'Circles'...


What I had planned to do with the mirrors was teach my self shisha stitch but like what sometimes happens it didn't quite go to plan... After I had initially stitched the mirrors to the block I had left them overnight - in the morning and looking at them with fresh eyes - I saw that the stitching  on the mirrors in part echoed the stitching of the large purple motif - I rather liked that idea  and thought that I would leave it and 'play' around the outside edge instead with fly stitch.

 As with luck the fly stitch and the feather stitch on the seam line were a happy marriage... I then added the little silver beads and the coloured glass beads to give it a more continuity.

What I am coming to realize though as I stitch my way through this project - it is amazing what you can do with a needle and thread and a few simple stitches...

Now to pack up all my bits from January and start the selection for Feb. - I like to have a clean and clear work space when I start something new... It helps me choose another palette without the influence of the last...It also helps clean and clear the mind for the next thought process.

Because I am running so far behind with my Febuary block I have rethought about its composition and have decided to keep it simple - perhaps with a flower or garden theme. Decisions, decisions, decisions...


Until later, take care

Sharon x x

4 comments:

Faye said...

Lovely work Sharon. I like your little mirror stitches. Well done...

Gina E. said...

Congratulations on completing your first block! So much work has gone into it, and you sound happy with the end result. Looking forward to seeing the basis for your February block...maybe even the finished product by 26th Feb??

Mamabill said...

Love your block. I agree that things don't turn out as planned, but sometimes they turn out better. Anyway, it is called crazy quilting.

Arlene White said...

Sharon your block is lovely, I like the interesting way you've attached the mirrors.

Arlene
http://arlenes-crafts.blogspot.com.au/