In my opinion, the block is absolutely lovely. Crystal, Hazel and Mardeen did beautiful work on this gorgeous jewel toned block. This is how it looked when it reached my home. (Click on the photo to view a larger image.)
|Shannon's block after Crystal, Hazel and Mardeen|
I began working in the lower green corner. Originally, I planned to put in a seam of flowers, but they would have been upside down. So, I opted to put in a gold spider web. I purchased the perfect blue faceted beads to make the spider. Unfortunately, he did not show up on the green fabric, so I took him out and used orange beads (similar in color to the orange in the upper printed section.)
Then I moved on to the center section and couched gold metallic floss around the golden edges on the blue flower. This took some time, but I loved the end result!
|Center Flower (The pretty beads were here when I received the block.)|
Imitating the center flower, in the dark part of the lower printed fabric, I added a blue bullion flower with bright pink beads in the center and green leaves.
It took me quite a while to figure out how to finish framing the center section of the block. In the end, I used a fly stitch to create seams along the top section. On the printed fabric, I made pink flowers (matching the shade of fabric in the lower-left corner of the block) with colonial knots and straight stitches. In the pink section, I used purple floss. The flowers on the shorter stems were the same as the pink flowers below. For the taller flowers, I used lazy daisy stitches in place of the straight stitches, but still used a colonial knot for the center of each flower. Leaves were added to the stems of the taller flowers.
To the right of the center piece, I made my first feathered chain stitch with a green rayon floss. This created a vine of leaves. Using a pink rayon floss and lazy daisy stitches, I added flowers between the leaves on the black fabric.
|Shannon's block after Crystal, Hazel, Mardeen and Renee.|
I wish you all a wonderful day!