Earlier this month I received my first Round Robin crazy quilt block to work on. This block was naked when I received it. It belongs to Hollie, a very sweet,
crazy lady who lives in Arkansas. The colors and fabric Hollie chose for her block are among my favorites, though you wouldn’t know it by looking at my Round Robin naked block. After spending some time looking at the block and thinking of how to embellish it, I finally took the plunge and made my first stitch. It’s funny, but that first stitch felt almost scary. The block is not mine and is precious to someone else. It was unembellished; crisp; unsullied. I don’t want to be “the one” to mess it up.
Here’s Hollie’s lovely block…naked and untouched:
I’m not certain I am finished with my part, but for the moment I’m at a standstill and am waiting for inspiration before making more changes. There’s no hurry, because it can stay with me the remainder of April. Hopefully I’ll get a bright idea for embellishing the empty spaces within the seams I stitched.
Here is the embellishing work I’ve done on Hollie’s block so far. Please keep in mind I am still learning…learning is what this Round Robin is all about…the word “novice” is a comfortable umbrella to me at this point in my crazy quilting journey.
Overall block…overall views are so forgiving. :)
This view shows the petite roses and detached chain leaves made with silk ribbon adorning the feather stitch along the seam on the left side. Seed beads have been added to the center of each rose.
One of Hollie’s “likes” is mother of pearl buttons. I just happened to have a few in my button stash. Each button is embellished with pink, glass, seed beads. Looking at the picture, I see a couple more of the tiny pink beads need to be added around the buttons.
The second seam is embellished with daisy trim. Each daisy is embellished with a lavender seed bead…a color pulled from the ever-so-romantic, calico fabric. Along the left side of the trim I’ve added a row of tiny “flowers” using a fern stitch and more lavender seed beads.
This shot shows the silk ribbon spider roses and pierced roses within the calico fabric to the right of the daisy trim. Each rose has seed bead centers. I’ve spotted a couple of roses that need an additional seed bead or two added. They look just a little wonky.
To the right of the roses is part of the seam embellished with two rows of the Chevron stitch forming diamonds.
(They are a “girl’s best friend so such a romantic flavoured block needs diamonds.) Along the left side of the Chevron stitch diamonds are “little flowers” made using the fern stitch and french knots.
The final shot shows the sweet, lace motif butterfly and concludes the work I’ve completed on Hollie’s beautiful block. I hope (and pray) she likes it…it has been a pleasure to work on…and such a learning experience. Before sending it on its way to the next stitcher in our group (Mikki from Iowa), I’ll take more pictures and post again.
Until next time…
So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. Romans 14:12