3/18/2013

4 done, 5 to go!

I finished the seams and bead work on this block today... It is at "ready to assemble stage".  Over the several years I've been working on this I've acquired lots of  incredible antique metal and black glass buttons.  I don't intend to add the  buttons until all 9 block are sewn together.  I hope to use the button trails as transitions on the blocks... That's the plan anyway...

They look a bit unbalanced seen individually because the layout and color placement are  based on the piece as a whole.

My British readers will probably recognize Emmeline Pankhurst on this block... leader of the British suffrage movement and an inspiration for all to follow her lead.  To read more about her, try this site.  Except for Emmeline all the other women on this project are ordinary women of the time...

Doing the black floral motifs was a last minute inspiration and I couldn't be happier with them..  I   intend  to place each on a piece of black lace.











Here is a close-up photo... I had originally planned to do the roses with black velvet but like the organza  better... Remember a week ago when I bought the organza blouse and some satin lounging pants at the thrift store..?















This is the next block... The five remaining blocks are all at this stage..  All trims are in place and images are framed..  Only seams and beading are left to be done.. And march these ladies did!!! I just love the images and never tire looking at them and feeling proud and grateful.

3 comments:

margaret said...

these blocks are going to be wonderful when assembled together, can`t wait to see them finished. Love the black rose

Marilyn said...

I do like the colours in these blocks. Copper and black is one of my favourite combinations. And I like the little touches of the peachy colour in the first block. And the black flowers are so in keeping with the times, I think. Women all wore hats with lots of decorations.

Allison Aller said...

It's going to be smashing, Gerry, and very powerful. A perfect subject for this genre...

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