Ta Da – I finally finished my contribution to Gerry’s Heart I Round Robin crazy quilt block. Her block was really lovely, and I didn’t work on it for the longest time. I managed to get an extremely painful knee bruise. It’s been a long 5 weeks, and I’m thankful to share with everyone that I’m feeling much better. I happily worked on her block this past week:
The first thing I did was add some trim to the pink velvet ribbon and embroider a beaded feather stitch heart towards the bottom of the block. I just love using beads and thought that light pink shade looked good against the green silk fabric.
The heart button was already on the block, and I added an antique white button next it by stacking a gold metal heart bead on top of it, then a Cloisonne button to fill in the corner. I also added pink pearl seed beads around the silkie.
I liked the gold metal heart beads, so added them to the lace that is in the middle and wanted to make the lace edge a bit more substantial – to balance the metal beads. I blended 3 strands of DMC 4170 with 2 strands of DMC 4110 to create a nice variegated look for a twisted chain stitch edging.
Next was the appliqued heart on the left. I used some pink silk fabric and sewed it in place with an interlaced chain stitch edging using antique gold Knit Crosheen as the base fabric and 3 strands of DMC floss. I “auditioned” 4 other thread combos before I found one I liked. Seed beads and some leaf beads were added along with the embroidery at the top to create a Victorian style heart.
Last but not least was a rayon heart I made on my embroidery machine for the center block. I didn’t bead it as I like seeing the lacy pattern. Gerry really likes the encrusted look though, so something tells me beads or silk ribbon embroidery will be added to that little heart eventually. 🙂
Grand total of hearts added to Gerry’s block? 8 and I enjoyed adding each and every one of them. I hope Gerry will like what I added to her block, and I can’t wait till mine comes home. I’ll share pictures of that when it arrives.