Christmas in February?

Iris, originally uploaded by ivoryblushroses.

The basket of iris burst into bloom a couple of days ago and I've been enjoying the exuberant blooms! On our grey snowy days, they lift the spirits and keep the hope of spring alive!

For Rose Anne
Though the coming holiday is Valentine's Day, I've been stitching on another of the Winter/Christmas round robin blocks, this time for Rose Anne. I am the third person to work on her blocks and was challenged by the two blocks that were left. One was white with yellow and the other was white and red with a touch of orange, which is the block that I ended up choosing. So often, I find that stepping out of my comfort zone results in some of my best work and I'm so pleased with the way this block turned out! First, I added a bit of lace over the orangey fabric to tone it down. I love doing embroidered seams with sequins in them and was happy to be able to add a couple to this block. The red satin rose came from a swap as did the little jeweled piece.

detail wreath
Rose Anne asked for Angels and wreaths among other things, so I stitched a wreath with silk ribbon, loosely using a vintage embroidery pattern for inspiration. A little angel was created using beads from my stash.

joint block after Lisa
For the joint block, I added some sage green lace embellished lightly with beads and added a silk ribbon rose cluster. Now the blocks head to Margreet in the Netherlands for the finishing touches before heading home to Rose Anne!


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