Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Full quilt - new idea

Another thought is to do away with the center picture and do another cq block. Perhaps add some smaller photos.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

CQJP Blocks: Gimme some lovin' , please.

Here are two different versions of the center block. If I go with the bottom version, I'd do a lot of hand embroidery around the picture on the white linen. Do you like the roses on the first version? I'm not sure. 

Friday, September 14, 2012

CQ blocks - finished?

All the blocks together. Still not sure what to do about the center. 

Every time I look at it, I see something else I need to do.... :-)

It's been fun. But to complete the challenge, I need to do another small project.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

If you haven't seen North & South, based on the book by Elizabeth Gaskell, you've missed a classic.  Written by the author of Cranford, it's a much darker view of Victorian England but compelling and romantic. This was my first glimpse of Richard Armitage, a phenomenal actor and that assessment has nothing to do with the fact that he might be the most handsome man I've ever laid eyes on.

It's extremely well done as only the BBC can do, much attention to detail, beautiful costuming, and an excellent adaptation of the book. WATCH. IT.

You can also read the book (it's wonderful) but watch the series first so you can envision Richard Armitage for all 300+ pages as John Thornton. :-)

Then watch season 7,8, and 9 of MI-5 because RA plays Lukas North....for three seasons. Then you can watch Robin Hood (RA=Guy of Gisborne)..... and don't forget about The Hobbit which comes out in December (RA=Thorin Oakenshield...I may have to re-read that book...)

I've done my research!

August CQJP Block & the Big Picture

Almost there.

The August block is the middle one on the left. I still have a few spaces to filling.

My next project is the final block, the one in the middle which consists of the large picture of the Aunts at the quilt frame.

I tried using pieces of linens, but that really seemed to swallow up the picture. My thought has always been to use plain linen fabric and do some nice floral embroidery and applique around the photo.

I have a beautiful dresser scarf, something no one uses any more, that is either a really fine cotton or linen, I can't tell which. The embroidery is lovely but I don't want to use it here. There's a large enough piece in the middle that I can use to mount the photo on and use for the center block.

I was thinking of framing the picture in lace.  Another thought was to use some wider silk ribbon, secured with embroidered roses, perhaps.

Your ideas and comments are appreciated!