|Mardeen's Block when it arrived.|
Mardeen requested a woodland theme for her block. I spent a couple of days wondering what to add and where to add it, as well as wishing I knew how to stitch animals. As mentioned in my last post, I was finally inspired by Diana Lampe's Embroidery for all Seasons.
|Mardeen's Block after my work.|
|Snail and Silver Birch|
|After adding the flowers and spider...|
A small black spider hung from the tree, descending to the flowers below. I really wanted to add a web for him in the tree; however, I had to take it out. The branches were so subtle on the purple fabric and the web stood out so much that it simply did not look right at all. In the end, I also changed this light gray strand of web to a more subtle strand of silver metallic thread.
|Bird, nest, & butterfly seam treatment|
After that, I felt this area was complete. I added a very subtle butterfly seam treatment (an idea from An Encyclopedia of Crazy Quilt Stitches and Motifs by Linda Causee.) I did not want the seam treatment to detract from the scene below, or to limit the ideas for the block above.
|This section completed!|
|Upper-right corner - bee and tree line.|
I had a lot of fun working on this block. By facing my fears of tackling the birch tree, followed by my fear of giving it leaves, I concluded my work on the block with a bit more confidence and ready to take on another challenge. I hope Mardeen likes it!
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