Friday, April 17, 2015

CQI Under the Sea Round Robin - Kathy's Completed Block

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Today, I finished embellishing Kathy's gorgeous block! Adding lace elements is a bit out of my comfort zone, and I feel like I need to keep working on balancing out the design. However, I do love this lace seaweed! It was hand dyed by Nicki Lee of Raviolee Dreams.

Below is a picture of the bare block. You may click on any picture for a larger image.


I have wanted to try making a clown fish for a long time; however, I was not sure I could pull it off. I finally decided to sketch one and give it a go. Not too far along, I was certain I would need to tear the whole thing out. I was so convinced it would not work, I took a picture of it in progress - just so you could see why, in the unlikely event it did work. (The outline was penciled in on the muslin backing.)


It went from the photo above, to the photo below. It is not a perfect clown fish, but I was delighted with how it turned out. (I felt like doing a happy dance!)


I also wanted to add a seahorse, but I did not want it to be the same as the one I have stitched in the past. I thought about just changing the color, but opted to make a completely new sketch.


He was a lot of fun to stitch!


Above is a picture of the beautiful block Nicki Lee embellished for Kathy in March. Below is a picture of our two blocks together.


I do hope Kathy likes her blocks!

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Renee

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13 comments:

SuperMomNoCape said...

I love your clown fish and sea horse... oh... I just love everything you've done.

The two blocks look great together!

Christine Barnsley said...

Hello Renee! Your block is stunning! I love your clown fish and all those teeny tiny little fish and your seahorse is beautiful! I am sure Kathy will be delighted with her block. How does this RR work? Do you each make a number of blank blocks and then send them to be embellished by the other members of the group, with your original blocks coming back to you all finished? Have a lovely weekend! :) s

Juli said...

You did a fantastic job! The cute little fish are so fun!

desertskyquilts said...

The seahorse is great, perfect, in fact. The clown fish, though ... that is amazing! And the time to make all those little fish? Whew! You did a wonderful job and she just HAS to like this. Love the seaweed and the beady angelfish, too. The whole thing is just amazing.

Queeniepatch said...

Kathy and Renee, between you you have created an amazing block. Kathy's piecework make see the shadow of a head of a large fish, and Renee, your various creatures are so charming. Great work on the clown fish, and the sea horse is so charming.

KimM said...

Renee - this is just simply - stunning. I love the sea horse, especially. You continue to amaze….
hugs
xxx

~ Dixie said...

How gorgeous!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I'm sure Kathy will be thrilled with the block. I love the wee clown fish!

crazyQstitcher said...

Awesome work by both you and Kathy.
I love everything too.

Annet said...

Love what you did in this block! You're so good at translating your ideas to thread. The 2 finished blocks are a great match.

Shell - Little Orphan Stitch said...

Awesome! Love the seahorse. He's so cute! The block looks wonderful.

shez said...

Hi Renee this is so beautiful well done xx

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Love to see your process.