Saturday, January 2, 2010

Progress!

I have been working a bit on my gold quilt. We're about ready to start a RR on CQI that is themed Bees, Butterflies, and Beetles. Figuring most people will be adding mostly butterflies to the blocks, I will attempt to put at least one beetle on each, and thought I'd try out an applique technique to see how it would work. I have some stretchy knit fabric that can be cut into small shapes without it running or ravelling (I've used it before for fish bodies) and thought that might work well for beetles, so I did one on one of my gold quilt blocks. The block really needed something blue up in that corner, and I like how the beetle turned out. He's a little bit 3D, as I stuffed a tiny bit of fiberfill in just before I finished appliqueing him on. Then legs, head, antennae, and bead eyes, and poof, there's a shiny beetle (albeit not one I'd like to have land on me unexpectedly) on my quilt. Hopefully the method will work on others' blocks as well.

Some seams on the corner fans of the gold quilt.

And this is my block for the BB&B RR. It is quite large; 18" diameter, so there might be room for me to add some work of my own when it gets home.

5 comments:

Diane said...

The beetle is amazingly real when the picture is enlarged. That fabric is perfect. Your gold quilt is really looking good. The fan part is so neatly done with lovely stitching so far.

Ann Flowers said...

Oh my goodness Janet you are AMAZING! That is the neatest idea for a beetle. I love it!!! The blue was a nice touch! And As I said on CQI. Your round block is so fantastic. I keep showing my different family members the picture. I think it is just a wonderful idea!! Your work is always so wonderful to look at:)


Ann Flowers
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Jane said...

New Year Janet! Fun to see what you've been working on... love the fan... how rich looking So nice to be with your family during Christmas,looked like a wonderful time was had by all

Gerry Krueger said...

That's a cool idea for a beetle. I'm asking for bugs on my stumpwork RR and plan on also doing beetle...

The fan on your gold quilt is to die for....I just got a new book on goldwork that has some great motif that would be perfect for your quilt... Hugs Gerry K.

Judy S. said...

Lovely fan, Janet. You are so creative! I just love studying your projects!