|Kathy's CQI Heart DYB RR 2014 - embellished by Renee Y.|
|Kathy's CQI Heart DYB RR 2014 bare block|
In my experience, my pretty rayon flosses snag easily. Metallic flosses can fray while stitching. For those reasons, this block uses only cotton flosses and size 8 pearl cotton. (I have cross-stitched baby blankets with DMC cotton flosses and found they wash well. In my experience, they have been colorfast, too.) I did opt to add the pink flower trim. Each flower is securely tacked down. And, I did my best to stitch around the raw sections that were cut, in hopes they will not fray when washed.
Like Lisa, I was planning to avoid the use of beads. However, I do so love the shimmer beads provide. The light pink Mill Hill Petite Glass Beads in my stash are tiny enough, I felt dishes would be able to sit on them with ease. And, unless I am using one of the beaded stitches from TAST (Take A Stitch Tuesday), I always firmly secure each bead. (When I began crazy quilting, I found three stitches through each bead with a single strand of floss held them firmly in place and knotting the strand of floss three times on the back side of the fabric made the knot large enough that it would not pull through the fabric. By knotting after each bead, if one bead falls off, the others on the block should remain in place.) I will send some of these beads on with the block, so Kathy will have matching beads just in case any of the beads do fall off in the future.
This was such a fun block to embellish!
After all of the seams were embellished, I added the tiny butterflies. Two of them have hearts in their flight path to add to the heart theme.
Now two of Kathy's blocks are embellished. On Monday, I will mail them to Tahlia and she will be able to select one of the four remaining blocks to dress up for Kathy.
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