Thursday, August 18, 2011

Appliqué Update Thursday



I've been working on all sorts of appliqué stuff lately.  This block is part of a "receiver's choice" block swap and the recipient of this block wanted botanicals.  I took a picture of one of my daylilies and played around with it in PhotoShop until I was satisfied.  Then I printed it out and used it to make this fused, machine-stitched version with some of my hand-dyed fabric.  I hand embroidered the filiments and used a strand of fuzzy thread with a strand of regular thread to make the stamens.



I had a tough time with this one -- the receiver wanted "sweets" and I immediately thought, "chocolate!"  But I couldn't figure out how to make a 9 inch block with the little candies on the fabric.  Then someone (probably me) mentioned "wine" and the idea took off.  This is a bottle of sweet wine along with the chocolates.








And in return, I received this adorable owl.



And this delightful turtle.  I love the fabrics in both of these blocks!
And there is progress on the CWBQ block.  I thought I would have had all the leaves sewn by now, but there are still a few that need to be stitched down.  I have saved the flowers for after the leaves as a sort of reward for finishing all those leaves!

To see other appliqué projects click here for Angie's blog.

6 comments:

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Wow....all your applique work is wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

Beth said...

Amris block looks great! And CTs looks good too. You must be almost all caught up!!!

All you happy animals must be making quite the menagerie...

Trish said...

Hey! Which one is Amri's? And they all look wonderful!

ANudge said...

That is a beautiful lily, Karen! I like all the ones you made and the ones you recieved. A great swap.
I'm so glad you shared your applique with me!

Robbie said...

Good to see you're busy!! love the exchange pieces! What fun!! Now to see your leaves 'blooming' with flowers..very nice applique work. Those 'mature' ladies sure know how to teach don't they!

Lynne said...

Lovely blocks! That tortoise is extra-specially cute with that fabric!