February Naked Block
In my attempt to make a heart-like shape in the center, I ended up with a couple of tricky spots. In two spots, I decided to fold under a quarter inch seam and then sew close to the edge of the fabric. I plan to cover those visible stitches with my embellishments.
Originally, I planned to cross-stitch a rose on black fabric to use as the center piece for this block. However, I decided to use the rose for another project entirely.
The Yahoo group Crazy Quilting International has round robins. I signed up to participate in a novice round robin that will begin next month. In a round robin, five people sign up and we each make a block. Each block is then embellished by the other four members of the round robin. I need to have my block ready to mail out by July 15th.
I decided to use my rose as the center piece of the block I make for the round robin. I began the rose a few weeks ago. I basted waste canvas onto a sturdy black cotton and used a pattern from the Leisure Arts "A Regal Rose and a Distinctive Floral Alphabet" leaflet. (The pattern gives you the opportunity to make the flowers in red, gold, rose, or shell pink. I made this one using the rose colored flosses. I listed it under my favorites from Amazon.com. Although, Amazon does not show a photo of the leaflet, it is listed a few times on eBay with the photo included. I cross-stitched an afghan for my sister years ago on a Swiss linen using the red flosses. It turned out lovely.)
Cross-stitched rose on black fabric
As anxious as I am to see how this will look without the waste canvas, I ran out of my back-stitch floss with only 2 strands left to go! And, I simply cannot talk myself into paying for forty-minutes worth of gas to buy a thirty-five cent skein of embroidery floss. So, I am waiting until Monday. There is a place that sells DMC floss just a few blocks from my son's orthodontist's office.