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    04 May 2007

    Spring Fling Block

    This block is for the Spring Fling swap with the CQN group.

    (click on any of the photos for an enlarged view)

    Naked block: The idea behind this swap was to create a block with the look and feel of spring. So, appropriately I added fabric in bright colors with butterflies, flowers and bumble bees. The finished size is 8" square (with unfinished edges). And we are allowed to embellish however we choose.

    Center: In the center I added a garden themed siggie which you might recognize from the top of my blog. I copied the photo onto fabric, trimmed around the subject and attached it with ribbon and beads. Don't you think the bow and beads looks like a butterfly? Well, it's supposed to...

    At the top of the block I added some ferns (at least they're supposed to be) and some french knots for flower buds.

    Corner 1: This piece of lace came from DD. A few months ago I swapped some fabrics for some antique and vintage lace. Isn't this a beautiful piece? At the top of the motif I placed a smiling sun charm. Then glass beads around the center and a purple flower in the center. In keeping with the theme, I added flower charms along the seam above it and a butterfly off to the side.

    Corner 2: I chose to add "Spring" to the block. Just for the heck of it. I've been practicing lately with lettering, so I was once again given the opportunity with this block. The bee is supposed to be the dot for the "i" and I was just in the mood for a pink spider. So, there you are!

    Corner 3: This was actually a bit of an experiment in seam treatments. I had my Treasury of Crazy Quilt Stitches by Carole Samples in my lap and I just couldn't resist. I also chose to throw in some black. I think it adds a nice contrast with the white beads. Oh, and of course there is a dragonfly.

    Corner 4: And finally, a button and bead trail with a bonnet, rose, ladybug, beads, and of course buttons. Below the lace I added a flip-flop charm.

    And here is the finished block. Our co-list mama Lesa is hostessing this swap. And it will go out to her on Monday.

    Happy Needling!

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    Blogger Charlene said...

    Oh, so pretty...Great looking block, Gerry!

    May 4, 2007 at 4:07 PM  
    Blogger Melissa said...

    Beautiful Block Gerry! It looks very "Spring"!

    May 4, 2007 at 5:14 PM  
    Blogger WIPPYSPLACE said...

    wonderful craftsmenship! I think you should do another! :o) *~*CAROLE*~*

    May 4, 2007 at 7:28 PM  
    Blogger NormaH said...

    Gorgeous, Gerry! How about another one or two?

    May 5, 2007 at 8:48 AM  
    Blogger Gerry said...

    Thank you ladies for the nice compliment and also for stopping by. And I just might have to do another block (or 2)!

    May 5, 2007 at 1:10 PM  
    Blogger JK said...

    Okay, my address is:

    Beautiful work darlin, and I love all the colors! Remember my address is:

    May 7, 2007 at 8:05 PM  
    Blogger Maddie Can Fly said...

    Finally got here to look at your blocks and all I can say is WOW, WOW and WOW! Fabulous job Gerri! I can't wait to see them in person.

    May 10, 2007 at 9:38 AM  

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