One of the things I like most about crazy quilting is the liberty to make changes in embellishment without the integrity of the block being affected. In my last post I shared the block I made for Christen Brown’s A Crazy Ladies Guide To Embellishing class. The choice and placement of some of my trims and laces was unsettling to me. After looking at the block for several hours I decided changes had to be made if I was going to be satisfied with it.
The lace under the basket made using a bit of lace had to go. The handle in this picture has been replaced with self-tasseling cord. I decided the tasseled ends added interesting texture so they are not tucked under the basket body. The meandering, purple chenille thread has been removed.
It had actually been replaced with a much thicker white chenille yarn/thread before this set of changes, but I did not take a picture of it. Instead I added a lovely, lace, dragonfly motif across one seam. The crocheted lace at the top of the block now covers only the outside edge of the dark green patch rather than extending into the small brown patch. I am more pleased with the embellishment pieces and their placement after this adjustment. I won’t rule out more changes as the block takes shape, but that was it for this round. Last night I started embroidering the seams and lace edges.
Here’s the block with changes and progress to date…
This morning the postman delivered a package full of beautiful motifs I ordered from Nicki’s Raviolee Dreams Etsy Shop. The lovely dragonfly I added to my class block was in the package along with lots of other feminine and colorful, eye candy pretties. If you are a crazy quilter or think you might like to give it a try, Nicki’s Etsy is a great source for lace motifs. (Motifs are virtually impossible for me to find locally.) She hand dyes many of them. Check out her shop…and just look at these dazzling motifs I have added to my stash.
Time for me to get back to my stitching. Part 2 of the class comes out on Monday morning, and I want to be ready for it.
Until next time…
Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Philippians 4:4