There seems to be a lot of blue and white in my life these days. They are the colors my daughter has chosen for her wedding, and the colors of Judy D's lovely fan blocks! I'm so pleased with how this block turned out!
These are Judy's blocks as they arrived in the mail. So lovely! It was hard to choose one to work on.
This is the block I chose.
I nearly stopped working on it at this point, loving the simplicity of leaving the dark blue fan blades blank. But I kept on working! At first, I was going to do a different embroidery on each fan blade, but found I liked them to have some symmetry.
I'm not a fan of spiders or spider webs, though I can see the beauty in them. Spiders just give me the heebie jeebies! As a result, I have rarely stitched a spider web, and even rarer, a spider. But Judy asked for a spiderweb and spider on each of her blocks. In my little box of freshwater pearls, I found the perfect double pearl and stitched a tiny white spider on a web in the corner of the block. It's about as friendly a spider as I could make it!
I'm much happier stitching butterflies! I wish I could remember where I found a similarly stitched butterfly, but when I sketched one in my little stitch book, I failed to note where this one was from. Hope that whoever it is doesn't mind that I've adapted it for this block!
This shows how Gerry K's block and mine balance together. You can see how the stitching on her two outer patterned fan blades inspired the stitching on the two outer blades that I did. I also pulled the coral and peach colors through and the little fargo ribbon roses. I loved that in my stash of lace bits, I had some ivory lace that blended perfectly with what Gerry had used! I had to look a little further afield when it came to silver accents though. I had almost nothing silver at all and had to purchase some silver beads and then my daughter shared some of her silver trims with me in order to complete the block!
It was a delightful block to stitch and I hope that Judy is pleased with it!