Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Second Roseville Block

Finally finished my second block, after doing a bit of unstitching.  (I left off the center stem, which I didn't realize until near the end, of course.)  One change I made on the block is on the turquoise flower at the top.  My center seemed to disappear, so I added another slightly larger orange circle behind it.

I'm enjoying working on the Roseville blocks so much (dare I say addicted), that I'm struggling to face the fact that Christmas, Thanksgiving, and my family are all coming soon. And looking around my house at what needs to be done, this is likely the last real stitching progress I'll make for awhile. I have selected fabrics for 2 more blocks, with the hope that I can squeeze in a few stitches...

16 comments:

  1. Nice job on the block!! Are you hand appliqueing the pieces down or machine stitching it .I just started to do some hand applique and I am so darn slow....

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  2. Oh that is beautiful. I love the bright colours. I always have problems deciding on the right background fabric for applique. I mainly choose solids but would love to use prints just unsure how to choose the best ones. Any tips you can give me?

    Thanks.

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  3. WOW! Your fabric selection is wonderful.

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  4. Beautiful! Love the purple and yellow flowers, they really pop.

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  5. Congratulations on another beautiful block. I love the way you used the bead fabric for the top of the urn and the colours are wonderfully chosen.

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  6. Lovely choice of fabrics. What fabric are you using for the background? Is it Kaffe's spots in the Sky color?

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  7. I love your color combinations here, Donna, and I agree with Janet that the bead fabric is a stroke of genius!

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  8. Just wonderful, Donna. I love those purple flowers next to the turquoise-very complementary. It's a beautiful block. I know what you mean about the looming holidays-I hope you get some time to sit and sew the blocks you cut out!

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  9. Thanks for your encouraging comments! I am SLOWLY stitching them by hand, after preparing the pieces in different ways all starting with freezer paper, usually by gluing the edges under, sometimes by basting, but I prefer to glue as afterward I can peel the freezer paper off, and see the fabric (and change it if need be) before stitching it down. As far as backgrounds, this is the Kaffe Spot in Sky. I personally struggle with background decisions--it seems like such a monumental choice to make that a person is "stuck" with. I chose mine by trying some fabrics I liked on different potential backgrounds, but sometimes I think this background is a bit too busy for me and that next I will choose a softer or quieter one, maybe more color and less white, or all white--just can't decide! This Sky reads darker than the Kaffe spot in Mint or Magnolia, which might have been better choices for me. Guess I'm not much help with backgrounds! And Whoops--last night I realized I left off one circle (on the center stem)--guess it's not finished afterall!

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  10. Donna, this block is really gorgeous, love all the fussy cutting you've done! What fabric is that, the purple you've used for the two flowers?
    I love it, it goes really well with the orange and the centre circle is wonderful too! Kim McL

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  11. Love Love this one..That Orange really Zings..Great Job on fabrics..
    cheers

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  12. Donna some people are just naturals. Wonderful fussy cutting your block is gorgeous you really do have a talent

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  13. totally love your fussy cutting!

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  14. Your block is absolutely beautiful! I love your fabric choices. Fabulous fussy cuts.
    I missed that pesky stem when I drew out my block too. It lands right on the center mark. :)

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  15. I love everything about your block, from the back ground fabric to your fussy cutting. I would love to know what fabric you used for your purple flowers.

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  16. SPECTACULAR!!! Your colors, fabric choices, fussy cuts - the WHOLE block is REALLY sPeCtAcUlAr, Donna. I just love it!!! : )

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