I'm on a roll! This afternoon, I finished my February entry for the Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2014!
The silk ribbon embroidery blossom was inspired by the silkie on this block.
I haven't worked with 13mm ribbon much, but it was perfect for this blossom!
Around the base I used a tiny ribbon trim to cover the stitching holding the top and bottom together.
In my stash, I found some perfect vintage rick rack and some fun flower beads!
There was also a piece of lace which I had dyed ever so long ago that was just right.
Perfectly romantic for the month of February!
Once again, I added my signature on the back along with the month.
The block was part of a Christmas Cracker exchange that I received a couple of years ago. I had no idea what I would do with it when it came. That orange/red patch was a bit "off" for the rest of the block as was an eye-popping fuchsia piece that got trimmed off when I made the block round. They almost put me off the block for good, but I'm glad I persevered!
In my laundry area, the miniature African violets are blooming like crazy! One itty-bitty plant has grown into several! When they stop blooming, I'll repot and separate a few more off! When we had our house fire in 1999, I lost several pots of violets and streptocarpus. This little violet was the first house plant I purchased afterwords. It's been going strong for 14 years!
Love those fuzzy stems and buds!
The orchid we received as a house-warming gift is going strong too and sending out new roots and shoots!
Edited to add: The above photo made it into Flickr's "Explore" on 11Feb2014! It's had over 4000 views since then and 45 favorites! Thanks to all of you who have "fav"-ed it!