|CQI Heart DYB Round Robin - Tahlia's block embellished by Renee|
Schools of fish in two variegated shades of DMC floss created a bit more movement within the block. A small jellyfish and some coral - created with French knots in a third shade of variegated DMC floss - completed the motifs within the heart. The seams were created with a buttonhole stitch on one side and a feather stitch on the other. Mill Hill Petite Glass Beads dressed up the seams.
The heart was framed using light blue size 10/0 seed beads, a size 26 tapestry needle, and size 8 blue perle cotton for a beaded linked chain stitch.
Tahlia mentioned her blocks would be used in a friendship quilt and she would love a signature block. I tried to stitch my name in black along the bottom, but it simply did not show up at all - even in great lighting. So, I tore that out and started over. I decided to try to make a snail trail along the ocean floor with my name and the city I live in. (The snail was inspired by directions in Diana Lampe's book, Embroidery for All Seasons.)
I added more coral (using the 2 shades of floss used for the fish in the heart), a sandy ocean floor and a variety of starfish to complete the block. I contemplated adding more fish on the black fabric for a more encrusted look, and adding waves along the top section, but I feared it would detract too much from the central heart.
I do hope Tahlia likes her block! I truly enjoyed working on it.
It is so hard to believe this is the last rotation of our round robin. The next set of blocks I will receive will be my blocks returning home. Tomorrow, these are the lovely blocks I will be mailing home to Tahlia.