Thursday, May 08, 2008

Take It Further Challenge - March

March TIF Palette posted by Sharon B

Just today I finished the embellishment of my Take It Further Challenge block for March. I will now move on to embellishing the April block which is already pieced. I have my fabrics pulled for my May block, but I haven't pieced the block yet.

On this block, as the previous ones, I have embroidered thename of the month and there's a web & spider in the center. I tried using a heavier thread for the web and I really don't like it as much as I like using the metallic threads. The spider is made with one strand of DMC cotton floss.

I did the clover for St. Patrick's Day and put the date of this year's Easter under the basket of eggs and flowers. I did that because this is the first year that Easter has been this close to G's birthday which is March 24th. 68 years ago in 1940 he was born on Easter Sunday.
The Easter eggs are 2 hole oval buttons stitched on with colored pearl thread and the cross is one of a bunch of mother-of-pearl that I won in an eBay auction years ago.

The gold piece on the upper right is a piece of an old earring with a rhinestone in the center. I thought it was rather like the sun shining down on this block. March is when flowers began to respond to the erratic bouts of sunshine we have here in No. California.

The Judith Baker Montano fabrics in this block are the ones at upper left and lower right. Every month there seems to be a lot of her fabric line that goes well in my blocks. It would pretty easy to even build the whole block around them.

So, now it's on to some work on the last block of a round robin that I have been participating in and then I'll be embellishing the April block. I have added 3 close up pictures of the March block below. First is the Easter basket area, 2nd is the earring medallion and the last one is of the center spider and his clunky web:

Stitch On!


The Sick Chick said...

I'm always impressed with your level of detail. I don't know that I'd have the patience for it myself!

Allison Ann Aller said...

These are going together into a quilt at the end of the year? That will be a treasure...
I must say I sure love that white spider in the last picture. It looks so incredibly real!
Can't wait to see pics of your new sewing space...