4/19/2013

Things Remembered!

Over the years I have been in so many round robins and have sent literally hundreds of blocks to homes around the world..  It has been always a challenge and learning opportunity to create on someone else's colors and try to fill their concepts for their block...  There have been a few blocks that I was reluctant to put in an envelope and send off..  I would have been perfectly happy to keep them for myself.

I always think I'm going to do that motif (or seam etc.) again but seldom do.  So I went back through some old RRs and found some of my favorite bits I could reuse in this cottage series. The first being this stumpwork garden lady.  It was based on a logo I did for my nursery business about 25 years ago..  A version of it will be on my June CQJP2013 block.

On one of the blocks I want a rose arbor and two I've done in the past which I liked was a lace arbor and a twig arbor. The twig arbor was for Ati and  is on a piece of lace her grandmother made.The trick here was to have the arbor and cover as little of the lace as possible.






I've done countless stumpwork birds but one of my favorites was this nesting bluebird  for Cobi.  I especially liked how the nest came out.  Since I have already done a bluebird, I will do a robin on a nest. And actually bluebirds like to nest in houses and cavities but I took creative license with this bird.








And before the series is finished I want to include a pair of doves similar to these I did for Ati.  The yellow roses  by the birds were done with organza ribbons. Ati's blocks were always a dream to work on and we were in numerous round robins together.









6 comments:

Laurie said...

Those birds look so intricate -- gorgeous!

Amy in LA said...

Gerry: These are some of my favorites of your past motifs and I am so glad you will reprise them on blocks that will belong to you! I find that I love to do pretty motifs and work for others, but I wish I had a copy for myself to enjoy too! I can't wait to see them on your cottage blocks. Amy in LA

susiew said...

Hi Gerry .... what fabulous additions to your "cottage book". You were so smart to keep such good records with the photos. Think about adding a pocket in the back (like your Morris book) and keep copies of the inspiration blocks, the rr and who was in it. It would make a great keepsake and story! Just love watching it all unfold .....
SusieW
PS Better build a bigger coffin as this book will probably have to go along too! hehehe

margaret said...

what a delight to see things you have made prior to me being a blogger, some real beauties here

Marilyn said...

Your garden lady makes me giggle, the arbors make me sigh and the birds just make me realize how much more I have to learn.

Suztats said...

I loved reading and seeing your "Things Remembered"!

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