2/06/2013

99% finished.....cover for CQJP2013


































This  is going to be the cover for the collection of cottage blocks I'm doing for CQJP 2013...  I have a few fiddly things I want to do but since I don't need it until December I can let it rest a bit... You can see how I solved the problem of the ink scribbles lower right.  I am sooooo glad to have this out of my UFO basket.

 I started it in 2010 and  had a few problems with the design so buried it deeply in my UFO basket... Thought you would like to see the beginning... This block is quite small... on 6" x 6" but even still it took forever to do all the knots..

First I used a permanent fine line pen and sketched the cottage on silk... It would be easy to trace a cottage on silk also. You can see I had the angle on the chimney from the very beginning and didn't catch it until much later... The dormer proved to be a problem in the lace so it was abandoned.










Then I did a light color wash with alcohol inks.













Then I added the lace..  The lace on the cottage walls is a very old precious piece from Cathy Kizerian.


Then I  started the french knot flower garden and got the path done and then quit...  When I actually assemble it for the cottage book I will add a crazy quilt border and LOTS of lace...

16 comments:

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

I just love it! All the textures and the soft colors are beautiful. This is going to be one fabulous journal. I will have to try sketching on silk one of these days. I like the look.

gocrazywithme said...

It looks beautiful, Gerry. How big is it? I love how you fixed the ink scribble area outside the fence: escaping flowers! A cottage garden just shouldn't be toooo perfect. Mother Nature has got to have her way.

Светлана said...

Потрясающая работа! Сад мечты!

Marilyn said...

I think Cathy's precious piece of lace will be very happy living on your cottage block. It is such a happy, cheerful block and when it is made into a cover for your book will invite everyone (who has clean hands) to look through it. You must be very good at French knots :)

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Stunning! This actually took my breath away.
xo
Donna

Createology said...

This is so lovely and should be in the Smithsonian of hand-stitched masterpieces. Breathtaking cottage and floral gardens. Stitching Bliss...

Peggy Jones said...

Over from Laurie's blog. Wow this is unbelievably beautiful, What a talent. I am just scrolling through with mouth wide open.
QMM

FredaB said...


Gerry this is just gorgeous. It will be one spectacular book. Can't wait for the next one.

Hope all is well with you now.

Hugs

FredaB

Diane said...

Oh, it's wonderful! I just love the thatching on the roof, and everything else of course.

Suztats said...

Oh, wow! This is stunning and will make a fabulous cover for your CQJP 2013 cottage blocks!

margaret said...

what a delightful cottage, worth all the hours you put into it to create such a lovely book cover

Marjolein said...

I think I said it before....I want to live in that cottage.
It is so romantic and cute and cozy!

Wilma said...

Awesome Gerry! What a beautiful cover this will be!

Susan Elliott said...

OH my dear girl!!! It's one of my absolute favorite blocks you've ever done. It absolutely deserves to be the Cover Cottage!

Debbie S. said...

Your block is fantastic! So beautiful! I can hardly wait to see your stitching as the months progress.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

WOWEE! What a fantastic block! I just saw this on pinterest and followed it here and what an exquisite and lovely piece this is. Amazing!

FlowerLady

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