3/10/2010

Rita's encrusted block...

Since this block has to get all the way to Finland I was anxious to get it into the mail on Friday and I'm going to make it... I saved the bunny for last and put it into an art nouveau thicket. I had planned to try a couple new leaf treatments but the space was just too small... The stumpwork bunny was worked on felt like I do my birds... and his bum was padded a bit... But this bluebird was stitched directly on the block as it was an very smooth open space...

I also changed the color of the ribbon the bird was holding.. I just couldn't get the crystal rain drops to sparkle for the camera...
I have an aversion to long, strong seams that cut across a block from side to side as they just draw the eye across the block and off the other side... I always try to break the seam into sections visually and move the eye back into the block... I hope you can see the difference in the long seam treatment on the left and then on the right after I added the butterfly and button to break up the seam...


I used a lot of strong directional elements in this block to keep the eye moving around the block.. Even the daisies are arranged in a diagonal triangular shape to move the eye up through that patch....

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just adorable, Love the bunny! I appreciate the lessons, they sure help me to figure out some of the things I have done wrong on my blocks. Thanks so much for sharing. Suzie in Idaho

Tammy Freiborg said...

Gorgeous! And great tips!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the lesson, very interesting! Block is adorable cannot wait until it is in my hands here in Finland!

Ritva

Ati. said...

Fantastic block Gerry. I am sure Ritva will be very pleased!

Lisa said...

Beautiful block Gerry! Love the bunny! I cherish the bunnies you made for me and I'm sure Rita will be delighted with hers as well!

LouAnne said...

This block is AWESOME. I have a question about what breeder you are getting your new pup from. Is "she" local to your area? We are having trouble finding a breeder to work with.

Marty52 said...

Beautiful, Gerry! Love how you used the painted button to stop the eye. Your bunnies are so cute... one of these days I'm gonna try that!

Plays with Needles said...

My eyes were moving, my mind was inspired and your bunny is a delight for all who see it!

Gerry Krueger said...

system check

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