Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Work in Progress Wednesday 05/13/2015 - Camera Block is Done!


This week, I finished the camera block I was making for a dear friend of mine. She is one of three amazing photographers I am blessed to have in my life. Our community is lucky to have her. She makes a point of attending our high school events to take her amazing photographs. She's also one of the sweetest people I know.

(This will be another photo heavy post. Feel free to click on any image for a larger view!)


I must admit, when she said she would like a black and white camera theme for her block, I knew I would be stepping out of my comfort zone and trying something new. I don't know about you, but when I think of having my picture taken I can almost here someone saying, "Smile," or "Say cheese!"  So, I thought it would be fun to include the word "Smile".


Searching on-line, I discovered a Vintage Camera Yardage fabric at Panda Sewing Boutique on Etsy. I fussy cut a camera for the center of the block and surrounded it with black fabrics from my stash. After I pieced the block, I learned my friend also liked royal blue. Getting the blue to show up on the black was a bit tricky. I do hope she likes the way it turned out!


Then, I found a set of 5 Blue Moon Beads Metal Camera Charms. (I believe I bought them at JoAnn Fabric.) The colors of the two above matched the colors of the block.


The center was framed with a royal blue size 8 perle cotton and blue Toho size 11/0 seed beads using the beaded linked chain stitch. The seams were embellished with white perle cotton in sizes 5, 8 and 12. Several were accented with Mill Hill Petite Glass Seed Beads in Royal Blue #40020 and in Ice #42010. A Swarovski crystal butterfly (purchased in a package at JoAnn Fabric) also adorns the top.


Using 2 sizes of these faceted blue beads purchased on strands from JoAnn Fabric, I created the body of a dragonfly. The silk ribbon wings I planned to create did not work out. I did not have a royal blue ribbon and the lighter shade of blue did not go well on the block. So, these wings were created with a single strand of metallic white DMC floss couched around the edges and filled with tiny fly stitches.

I really hope my friend likes her block! It was a new adventure for me and I enjoyed making it with her in mind.


Last Friday night, I saw how close page 2 was to being complete on my Freebie Santa and the Mouse chart (now retired) from Heaven and Earth Designs and felt compelled to finish it up. I was so excited, I had to share this picture on Monday for the Stitchery Link Party at Super Mom - No Cape! With my goal of 250 stitches per week, Santa and the Mouse was on track to be completed by October 27, 2015. Now, it should be done by October 13th. I hope to finish it sooner. 

Last week, this project was 66% complete. Now it is 70% done.


Last Week's Goals:
1. Complete 250 x-stitches on the HAED Santa & the Mouse chart (which is no longer available, but it is a part of this chart at Heaven and Earth Designs.) Over 580 stitches were added! Photos seen above.
2. Complete the block requested in exchange for my son's senior pictures. Done - see photos above
3. Work on my Beginner's block from Kathy Shaw's FREE Crazy Quilt Basic Class. I added a few more beads along one seam. It's a bit too overcast to get a decent picture to share though. Next week...
4. Link up with the Monday Stitchery Link Party at Super Mom No Cape on May 11th. Done! If you missed the post, it is here.
5. Put together a raised bed for our garden with my husband. Done! We have one more to make, but this was finished on Saturday. Inspired by this pin on Pinterest, we used cinder blocks and spray painted them blue (to match our house.)


This Week's Goals:
1. Complete 250 x-stitches on the HAED Santa & the Mouse chart (which is no longer available, but it is a part of this chart at Heaven and Earth Designs.) 
2. Complete Sandra's Under the Sea block for the CQI Round Robin.
3. Work on my Beginner's block from Kathy Shaw's FREE Crazy Quilt Basic Class.
4. Link up with the Monday Stitchery Link Party at Super Mom No Cape on May 18th. (If you missed the party on the 11th, you may check it out here!)
5. Put together a 2nd raised bed for our garden with my husband.

10 comments:

Pamela said...

Your photo block is gorgeous! Your friend will love it. Great progress on all of your goals.

Christine Barnsley said...

Hell Renee! Your camera block is beautiful... I love all the little details you have added and I am sure your friend will love it!! Congratulations on making so much progress on your Santa project.... I saw that earlier in the week and I hope you get some more done this coming week too. Really enjoyed reading your goals for this week! Good luck! :) x

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Your camera block is fabulous.

Katie said...

I love the camera block you did. How perfect. I can't think anything other than the person receiving it would have to love it. Love your HAED project. Great job on meeting your goals. I'm new to your blog so nice to meet you.

Createology said...

This CQ block with the camera theme is brilliant in black and white with touches of blue! Your stitchings really bring it to life. You really are checking off your to do list and kudos to you! Creative Bliss...

Queeniepatch said...

You have made such a lovely camera block!
So you actually DID work in the garden!
Great progress, as always.

SuperMomNoCape said...

Oh Renee... your camera block is fantastic! All the little details you added... from the camera charms to the stitching to the beads... and I love that dragonfly! After I get my underwater scene done, I may have to see about creating a garden scene so that I can make that dragonfly!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I really love your camera block!! How appropriate that it should be predominately black and white too. The camera fabric and the little charms are perfect for it. I hope you had a little celebration when you completed page two of the Santa project!!

Annet said...

Such a gorgous block, I'm sure your friend likes it! Thanks for sharing so many detail photo's, love the heart in the butterfly trail!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

LOVE that block. Very unique and creative. There is so much detail and is really fantastic to study.
xx, Carol