Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Janet's Garden Block

Hello All

Now I know some of you may have seen this on the Yahoo groups I am in , but I really like how this turned out and wanted to share more about it.

The idea of this RR was to have 1 focus fabric, then the owner would make a block as a sample of what they had in mind. We were then each to use the focus fabric to make a block ourselves. Janet's fabric was the black one you see with the flowers on it.She told me to do it my way and go crazy, so I did.

Here it is at the nekkid stage. There are "NO RULES" in CQ ( that's why I like it so much). But there do seem to be few that people tend to stick to and I broke a cardinal one here.Supposedly you are not to use too many prints, especially next to each other. Well technically every piece of fabric in here is a print. And I like it this way. Plain fabrics bore me and I like to use fabrics with pictures in/on them. I think it helps to tell the story. All my best blocks are themed. I don't know if it is laziness or creative, ( Definitely NOT crafty) to let the fabrics help with the theme. Maybe a little of each

Now here is the block after the laces, appliques and most seam treatments are done. A huge change already
Now here is the finished project. It took me 4 days to sew on all those beads and buttons. I have been gathering and hoarding for this project for almost a year.

Janet likes creepy crawlie things and has a major thing for spiders and frogs. I have a thing for fairies and butterflies, so we go together perfect huh?

IF I remember correctly there are: 7 spiders, 9 ladybugs, 23 butterflies,1 humming bird, 6 fairies, 4 frogs, 1 inchworm, 8 bees, 8 dragonflies, 1 snail and 1 hidden Mickey. See if you can find them all.

Close up of the beaded Fairy

And of course Janet's big Hairy Spider I just had to include

I have 4 of my 5 Create Your Own Theme blocks back and will post on them in a few days.

Off to work on more stuff



Jon and Wendy said...

Wow! What a delightfully, whimsical place. I would love to go to wherever this block is from. LOL It looks so wonderful, like you could dive in and actually meet all the fairies. Great job.

Maddie Can Fly said...

I think this is my favorite block of all time. I never get tired of looking at it! Thanks so much for the close ups. This is such excellent work -- I don't know how you can part with it!

Susan said...

That's a block Janet is sure to love! When you put that much on the block, it's hard to tell what the fabrics were anyway, so why not use the prints together! I can see why it took 4 hours to do all that last step! Beautiful job.

Charlene said...

Beautiful work! Great spidy!

Judy S. said...

Hi Lauri

What a fabulously fun block! There are so many details, you could spend a long time just looking. I like the way you've incorporated the prints....even a chickadee! What do you think Janet will do to "finish" it? I know she'll treasure it!

Gerry said...

Very, very cool! Love the spider.