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Thursday, September 04, 2014

As promised....

As I promised you yesterday, here are some closeups of the crazy quilted block I did for Pam Kellogg's calendar (which is available HERE). 

This is the lower left area.  It's the first time I have tried to bead a 'cabachon' (in this case, an oval shisha mirror).  It took me hours to do, but I like the effect I got.  

The lower right.  The wee house in the woods is cross stitched using waste canvas.  You can see the little crocheted snowflake that is beneath a sparkly button on the mid-left.  Web stitches with beads added for extra sparkle. A seam treatment using silver sequins for additional sparkle.  There's a seam covered in tatting, and also some pearls added.  All meant to give the effect of snow.  

On the upper left - the trees are a button and there's more beads added to stitching motifs reminiscent (I hope anyway!) of snow flurries.
Seam treatments done with the use of waste canvas.  

On the upper right - more seams done using waste canvas and more snow 'flurries'.  I tried, with a limited degree of success, to make the pine branch  dimensional.  I think, if I were to do that again, I would use much thicker threads.  In real life the 'snow' is quite sparkly - it's done with a nylon ribbon sold for Christmas decorating.  More beads for sparkle here and there, and some snowflakes that were originally sold for scrapbooking purposes.

If you click on any of the pictures, they should embiggen so you can see more of the details.

Today's quote is from Thich Nhat Hanh.... "People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle, but I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth.  Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize:  a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black curious eyes of a child, our own two eyes.  All is a miracle"


  1. Oh, I enlarged and saw two little snowmen I hadn't noticed! great fun, this whole piece. And very nice work, too. Is this January in the calendar? very appropriate. Also right now when the weather is in the high 80s it's nice to just look at snow..

  2. Your CQ block is truly gorgeous, I especially love what I think looks like a "Ice Pond"..with snow banks. The cabin is also beautiful.. Your stitching is truly awesome. Hugs Judy

  3. Well done MA, I bet you are proud of yourself.

  4. Thanks for the close-ups. I love, love, love the blue and white along with all the details!

  5. This block is beautiful, but I gotta tell you that I absolutely FELL HARD for that tiny cabin scene. So perfect adding so much character to the block. Your beaded mirror turned out beautifully.

    What ch gonna do with the block?
    xx, Carol

  6. Beautiful snow scene, MA! Love the beaded cab. Stole your quote to post on my FB page....thanks!

  7. Stunning!! Adorable and the beading round the shisha mirror looks beautiful!

  8. I am shivering just looking at it! Where is my coat? MA, you did a beautiful job so many tiny details that add up to perfection!

  9. truly stunning Mary Anne...

  10. Your block is absolutely beautiful!


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