Thursday, March 17, 2016

CQI UTS RR #2 - Sandy's Completed Block

This morning, I completed my work on Sandy Black's block.  I do hope she likes it!

Before this round robin began, I purchased a set of Stitcher's Revolution Iron-On Transfers SR10 Sailor's Delight. (I am not affiliated with the shop or product.)

Some of you were guessing which block I would choose. If you thought I was going to choose the other block, you would have been correct. However, I could not bring myself to cover the swordfish fabric print with this octopus. And I really wanted to add the octopus! Rather than ironing the transfer on, I used a chalk pencil and traced it onto the block. Then, I outlined the octopus with split stitches (so I would not accidentally rub the chalk markings off) before embellishing the seams.

When selecting colors to use on a block in a round robin, I look at the work the other ladies completed. The mermaid block Annette embellished had a fair amount of pink. The other blocks did not. Adding pink to my block would help make the blocks more cohesive as a group; so, I used pink DMC flosses (#3689 & #3354) and needle painted the octopus. Mill Hill Petite Glass Beads #42018 were added as the little suction cups on the tentacles. (This motif took roughly 10 hours to complete.) This fellow is far from perfect, but for my first octopus, I am not complaining!

Two shades of green Mill Hill Petite Glass Seed Beads were used to make this little beaded feather stitched coral.

I also added a couple of Take a Stitch Tuesday (TAST) stitches. So you may see this photo again in next Tuesday's post sharing examples of Fancy Bobbing Edging and the Pekinese Stitch.)

I traced a couple of the vine shapes from Sharon B.'s Crazy Quilt Template Set 2 for the seam with the sequin flowers. (I am not affiliated with the templates, but I did receive a set to review and love working with them!)

I also added two pieces of lace I received from Raviolee Dreams (I am not affiliated with the shop.) To help cover the raw edges where I clipped the lace, I added bullion stitched sea stars.

And I just love this little seahorse bead! I purchased it and the little sequin flowers from Thearica through the Crazy Quilting and Other Supplies Facebook Group. (Again, I am not affiliated with the shop.)

Here are all of Sandy's blocks together. The photos do not do them justice. Sandy, I do hope you like them! They will begin their journey home tomorrow morning.

Thank you all for stopping by!

Renee

14 comments:

Laurie said...

Wow, Renee! There is such intricate details. Beautiful work!

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Wow those are gorgeous. Love what you did to the octopus.

KimM said...

Gorgeous octopus and that seahorse button is spectacular!
xxx

Christine Barnsley said...

Your block is fabulous Renee! I LOVE the octopus! He is just gorgeous! The blocks look great together too! Christine x

MaryAnn Chick Whiteside said...
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MaryAnn Chick Whiteside said...

Beautiful. I also appreciate your how I did it notes and links

Gina said...

Another stunning block. I do love the octopus

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

OOPS, I was wrong. This is the block I silently selected for you. Your design is so perfect. The Octopus looks pretty darned great! So brave of you to stitch directly to the block. I like how you incorporate the tast stitches into the block you are currently working on. Gosh, I can't get enough of those tiny fish!
xx, Carol

Katie said...

Wow. Yet again I love your work. The octopus is just adorable!!

Tiffstitch said...

Fantastic block and I love, love, love the octopus! All the details and stitching is gorgeous and I must resist the urge to try crazy quilting. Must resist....

Magpie's Mumblings said...

A pink octupus - how perfect, and how right you were to use pink to balance the other blocks. Great choice! I also love the wee seahorse bead - accompanied by your sweet little fishes.

desertskyquilts said...

That's actually the block I thought you might choose - I would have - both because of the swordfish, and because it was such an interesting background. I love what you did with the Octopus and the way you used the beads to actually be things, like the coral. Those tiny little fish are wonderful, too! I love the way you did the Pekingese stitch. You so often manage to make these stitches look more interesting!

Brigitte said...

Oh my, Renee, your block is fantastic. I love the pink octopus a lotted I think the pink is a great colour on the blue sea background fabrics. And all the other details you added are just gorgeous.

Heather said...

Your octopus is fantastic! The bead tenticles are perfect!