It is 3 months behind schedule, but I finally completed my April block for CQJP 2013!
You may recall that I originally labeled this bare block as Block 5. At that time, it looked like this:
|CQJP 2013 Block 5 before embellishing|
I am still working on Block 4 - the one with the lightning fabric. My "brilliant" idea definitely slowed me down. On the bright side, I no longer want to toss the block and begin again. The needle painting might just work out after all. But, back to the April block...
This may look familiar! I had so much fun working on the snowball I made for Donna in MT, that I decided to add some of those features to this block.
The swan pattern is from DMC Collection: Mini Motif Designs: Exclusive Creation by Mary Bartley Stockett.
The cattails and lily pads were made using directions from Joan Gordon's Silk Ribbon Embroidery Bible. (Although I used floss instead of ribbon, the sheep were made by referring to the same book.)
However, the block was certainly bottom-heavy at this point. Luckily, I found a few tree buttons hidden in my stash. They helped even things out a bit.
Now, I am off to finally complete my Daring Bakers' June Challenge that should have been posted on my second blog, He Might Like It, on June 27th... After that, I hope to complete my chores in time to work on my CQJP 2013 Block 4 and to begin piecing 6 blocks for my first Do Your Block Round Robin (it has a winter/Christmas theme and is with some amazing stitchers, so I can barely wait for it to begin!)
|CQJP 2013 Block 4 - Before Embellishing|
For those of you in the USA, I hope you have an amazing 4th of July. Do you have special traditions for the 4th, or will you be making any fun red, white & blue treats? If so, I'd love to hear about them! (I made red, white & blue pancakes this weekend - they were dairy-free and sweetened with honey - the recipe will be posted at hemightlikeit.blogspot.com within the next day or two.)