Monday, July 25, 2011

I finished something!

I finished the bird blocks from my recent bird round robin into a wall hanging for the kitchen. The bird print cotton fabric that forms the center patch of each block is the same fabric as my kitchen curtain. I sent out six 6" blocks to the 4 other stitchers, and got back 5 beautifully embellished blocks. We originally began with 5 other stitchers, but one had to drop out immediately, so the others collaborated on the fifth block. The 6th one was left for me to do, but I decided the quilt would be too long for where I wanted to hang it if I used all six blocks. I did add a few touches here and there to the blocks, especially where the joining seams are, just to have my own hand in there.

The other stitchers were Connie K., Cathy L., Cathy K., and Nicki Lee. That is the order, top to bottom, of who stitched which block, except for block #4, which was the communal block.

And yes, it's a bit crooked. I haven't given it a final pressing since adding the binding, and I'm hoping that will help.

You might not be able to see them in the photo, but in the lace around the border, there are little picot dots. I used some large pink seed beads in each picot. They are some beads that were sent to me by Norma H. a long time ago, and I'd used some for other projects. When I began stitching them on this, one by one, I thought surely I had enough. As I got closer to the end of the line, I wasn't so sure. Finally, I dumped the final contents of the vial into my hand and stitched them on. I was short 6 lousy beads! But I knew I'd dropped a few into my lap, so I stood up and looked on the couch. I found two more and stitched them on. Then I got a flashlight and combed the carpet at my feet. I found two more and stitched them on. But that was it. I'd emptied the vial into my hand...or had I? I looked at it more closely, and there, stuck in by static electricity, were the last 2 beads I needed. Talk about luck! Or was it just meant to be?

A couple of days later, Michaela found one more pink bead on the couch. I have no idea what that means.....

AND, I also started and finished my name badge for the retreat. It was Kerry L.'s job this year to make the name tags, and she crazy pieced them with our names printed on silk in the center. I loved the colors of mine, and wanted some good contrast on the small surface, so I did some variegated purple cast-on stitch roses (a technique that Lauri B. taught me and which I make frequent use of). It's fun to work on such a small "canvas", and makes for a quickly finished project. The lace edging came from a yard sale, and was tea-dyed just enough to take the brightness out of the white. And it just had to have a spider!

14 comments:

crafty cat corner said...

Just beautiful.
Briony
x

Ruby said...

Love the bird wall hanging. It will we a cheery welcome for the kitchen.

Rose Anne B said...

Well Janet your bird blocks and hanger are just BEAUTIFUL!!!

As for your name tag talk about FANCY SMANSY. But you know what I see a little girl amongst the flowers not a spider - see the yellow dot looks like her head and the body her dress etc. Lovely no matter what it is!!! See I've always played I Spy with the kids to I am always seeing strange things not truly there! LOL!!!

Marianne said...

Lovely, cheerful work!

Nicki Lee said...

So happy to see that one of us actually made something out of our bird blocks. I love, love your wallhanging! I finished my 6th block a couple weeks ago and bought the fabric to make my wallhanging. This was one of my favorite RR's and would love to do another bird one.

Katy said...

This turned out beautifully! The colors are wonderful and so is the stitching. It makes me happy just to look at it. Thanks for sharing, Katy

Sharon said...

Oh my gosh this is just beautiful.....very pretty and inspiring....

Sharon said...

Very pretty

ARLENE said...

Love your wall hanging and your badge. I keep promising myself I'll make one to wear to guild. So many projects....

Bear said...

your wall hanging is oh so very beautiful!! as is your name tag, have a wonderful time at this years retreat!!!
love n hugs bear xoxoxoxoo

FredaB said...

Hi Janet

this turned out beautifully. So nice and bright and great for your kitchen.

I am just working on the Halloween hat again and hope to get it finished this week.

Sorry I won't be at the retreat but did get to meet you all at least once. Have a great time.

Hugs

FredaB

Lisa said...

It turned out just gorgeous! I was so sorry I had to drop out of this one ~ life just got in the way, but how lovely to see everyone else's beautiful work!

Cathy said...

I love it. I'm still working on my bedrunner I'm making with mine. This was a fun RR. - Cathy L

CarolynPhi said...

Oh my, Janet, what a gloriously beautiful wall hanging you've put together!!!! That lace, and the beautiful background colors you used!!!!

I think it must be some sort of "humility" lesson when we are "forced"...LOL...to crawl around on our hands and knees looking for "just one more bead.....

I was working on the island in our kitchen one afternoon, when my husband came in from outside and found me on all fours doing exactly what you described...LOL, looking for just-one-more-bead!!! After beholding this site, he asked: "Would you like me to take you the bead store [in the Los Angeles Fabric District]?

And, LOOK what he started!!!

Carolyn