I'm working hard to get caught up on my CQJP 2015 blocks! This is the block for April, finished at last!
This is one of my favorite parts of this block. I love the round leaves and the effect the beads add to the flower heads! For the rick-rack seam, I used beads and French knots to hold it in place.
This seam is a mix of detached chain stitch, straight stitch and tiny Fargo roses made using 4 mm silk ribbon.
The central motif is based off one I saw on Pinterest. I often sketch things I find that I like in hopes of modifying them to meet my needs. When I'm stumped, it's great to go to my stitch book for inspiration! Nearly always, anything I stitch ends up modified enough that it really doesn't look at all like the original.
Here I used two different feather stitched seams. I love the way that they don't look anything like each other! That's the beauty of Feather Stitch - it has so many possibilities! On the left, there is a crossed buttonhole stitch with detached chain stitch leaves.
Oyster stitch is becoming another favorite stitch of mine. Here I stitched the pink flowers with a doubled thread to make them fatter. The base stitch is a barred chain stitch - one that was new to me. Thanks go to Sharon Boggen's TAST stitch archives for this one!
For the lower left corner, I used a tacked herringbone stitch with lazy daisy (detached chain) stitch leaves and straight stitch sprays.
On this patch, I filled it with a variety of flowers. I can see from the photo that I need to go back and tack down the cast on stitching in the bullion flower wheels.
I'm working on making my bullion stitches more consistent. I've still got a ways to go, but I'm getting happier with my results!
On an open spot that needed filled, I added the pink daisy like flower spray on the left. This block was in need of a bit of blue stitching, so I added the sheaf stitched seam accented with beads. For me, this is one of those stitches that I must mark as they come out askew otherwise.
Here are all four blocks so far! Starting to look like a crazy quilt!