Today I thought I'd share the progress on my Folk Art Album blocks. This is a quilt design by the oh-so-talented Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings. I finished this little sweetie last night ...
|Block #8 - Folk Art Album|
This block took a while to stitch, with all those little leaves and quite a bit more stitching around the flowers than you would think until you get around to actually doing it.....
It was well worth the time though, 'cause I'm absolutely in love with the way the stitching seems to lift up the top layer of the flowers to give them a beautifully textured 3-dimensional look!
This little bunny is so adorable! We trimmed him down considerably - he is a chubby little fellow in the pattern. He will get a little black bead eye and a fluffy cottontail after the project is quilted.
I had a hard time choosing a fabric for him. I'm not a "primitive" style quilter, although I truly enjoy many designs in that style - Lisa Bongean's in particular! So although I use black a lot in my quilts, I don't at all care for the primitive style of using solid black for animals. It totally erases all of their wonderful personality - and it just seems so dreary and gothic to me. (Black crows in particular give me the creeps!!!) The rabbits in my backyard are a rough gray color, but going with gray wasn't working for me either. Solid gray was too flat, and prints looked cartoonish. I did a very impromptu happy dance when I happened upon this smoky gray/brown batik piece buried deep in my stash - I think it's perfect!
|Block #9 - Folk Art Album|
|Block #10 - Folk Art Album|
Block #10 is one of my favorites. Just look at those wonderful colors playing so happily together! If you are familiar with this pattern, you may notice that I've pretty much used Lisa's color scheme in my blocks; they're just on a brighter scale - doing them My Way! And the beautiful aqua batik for the dragonfly wings gave me exactly the look I was going for. Ethereal blue, reflections of water ♥ I love it when a plan comes together ;-)
Although I have 10 blocks fused, only three are completed with the stitching - the Bunny (#8) and these two .....
|Block #1 - Folk Art Album|
(Previous blog post HERE if you're interested)
|Block #7 - Folk Art Album|
(Previous blog post HERE)
I'll share the others as I begin to stitch them down. One of them will be chosen to do some Slow Sunday Stitching today during the Carolina Panthers game. They've totally shocked us with their 8-0 start this year - we were expecting something more in the line of 0-8! I'm' sharing at Freshly Pieced - WIP Wednesday! Are you hand stitching anything today? Share your lovely work with Kathy's Quilts!
Hugs & Blessings!