I like Tyvek bags but as the blocks get embellished you may need to add a layer of bubble wrap to protect the glass beads. I also used padded envelopes but I rarely use boxes...too expensive. Just my opinion. You can do whatever you want.
I used the tyvek when I sent mine because the large plastic bag fit nice and my block was flat. I guess I should have sent along a layer of bubble wrap but didn't think of it. Sometimes folding the block can't happen because of the embellishments being right where you need to fold it. Guess we'll just do our best to send them when the blocks come to us.
Glad you got it....anything goes, my granddaughter is learning on this block. She will be asking a million questions on how to copy this & that! She's been waiting a year for me to start it. I needed this push to get back into hand sewing again.
Alexemmarose, your block arrived today! You mentioned you wanted everything gray scheme. So I'm thinking clear beads with silver/gray threads is not what you have in mind right? You prefer silver or gray beads right?
Fishing, it's just muslin. I first tried it on silk but too much ink and the edges ran. The word love was not on it. I looked on the net for "love words", ironed freezer paper on the muslin and printed out some words.
Just want to say to the new to CQing ladies: If you are having trouble with this it is not just you! I keep wanting to add colors. Sticking with one color is really harder then I thought it would be.This message has been edited. Last edited by: holee,
I'm just starting my "thinking process" for the first block. This one is Mary's and it's a blueish, greenish, yellowish kind of block. Not a true monochromatic...a single color, or various shades of a single color.
The hints of cream, yellow, blue, and green make it easier to mix other things in...but still require that the overall "look" remain that blueish/greenish colorway.
I've pulled in the threads that I have to match the block fabrics...and since Mary asked for "a beachy style"...I've also pulled some nautical things. The sailboat, starfish, sand dollar, and surf board are not to the scale I'll need to use...but are just ideas at this stage. Some of these things will not be part of my final work...and others things might be added instead or inclusion of. We'll just have to see how the block develops.
Being the first to work on this block is important...as what I decide to create will set the tone of the block for the ladies following me. So, I will pay close attention to staying with the beach theme Mary asked for...and not venture out too far from shore!
Just sneaking in here to see your progress...these blocks are going to be so gorgeous! I've promised myself to actually try and "use" some of the CQ stuff I've collected after I retire. I might try this monochromatic look, I really like it.
So far - beautiful things to see...I'll stop back in a couple of weeks, if that's ok?
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Bluesnail...lovely work! This will be a gorgeous block.
Just a reminder to everyone...monochromatic means one color. You will see that Bluesnail used green for the leaves in her purple motif...this is because califgal used a block that was actually a tertiary color scheme with three colors involved. califgal had asked me before we mailed our blocks out if this would be alright. I told her it was not a traditional monochromatic color scheme but it was her block and she could use what she wished. I suggested to her that she give specific instructions to her group on what colors they should use on the block as they wouldn't know which monochromatic color scheme she was interested in. She decided they could do as they wished and use any of the colors in the block. This is perfectly fine and is her decision for her block.
I just wanted to point out that if you are using a true monochromatic scheme you would keep to the one main colorway of the block.
Its all good...we are all learning with this challenge!This message has been edited. Last edited by: alexemmarose,
Kayla, your work on this block is just beautiful! You are SO right when you say it is a challenge just using one color...several times I caught myself thinking in terms of what "color" to use next. This is a creative challenge for sure!
Patsy, you will do just great! It is all a learning experience for all of us. I have seen your work and you do lovely and creative stitching! Hang in there, girl!
Just do whatever you feel comfortable with. My first several RRs I had a couple of basic stitches that I used and reused on every block that came my way. Eventually you begin to add a little different twist on them with beads and embroidered scrolls or French knots or any number of things and suddenly you have done some new work. If you feel that you can only do basic stuff, that is A-OK. Usually when an RR is over and my block comes home I assess it and usually add stuff that I like right on to other people's stitching. I have even been known to move stuff around on the block if I don't like the placement. What I am trying to say is, I think we all have doubts and just know that you are interested and trying your best. I think we all appreciate so much that everyone is putting their own hands and work on our blocks and are just grateful for the friendship that goes into it all.
We are thrilled to have you and all newbies joining in the fun. We were all newbies once, too, you know!
What a wonderful surprize. I love it! Thank you so much. you some great Ideas. I started on Kathy's again yesterday. I did not like the way the silk flower looked so I pulled it and redid it. I still do not like the way it looks but the silk ribbon kept rolling on me. My pinky finger was numb this morning. I was not sure if it was related to the stitching but I rested it this morning. I plan to work on it a little tonight.
It is hard being the one to work on a block first. If I had a clue what others will be doing it would help. Maybe?!? This is not a very good picture but it is some of the items I picked for Kathy's block.
Great colors for Kathy's block. I've found that silk ribbon flowers are very forgiving. After you get a few on next to each other and some beads or stitching they fall into place and look good. You just have to remember that no real flower petals are the same, some are twisted naturally, while others may be larger or smaller. Sometimes if you lift the ribbon and make it puffy it changes it's look. You'll do fine with the choices you've made.
Happy Erme, the bits and pieces you have pulled to work on Kathy's block are yummy! She will be so pleased!
holee, thanks for your reassurances about SRE...you are so right that it tends to be forgiving once you get a few more things placed...I never like the flowers I make and shy away from making them because I don't think they are good enough but truly, once you add the bling and leaves and whatevers, it usually turns out okay.
califgal, your work will be just fine. Don't you worry about disappointing...the fact that you are participating is what it is all about. We all have different tastes and I ALWAYS worry that my additions won't be good enough. Sounds like you fit right in!
I am finished with my portion of bjeannes pink block...I surprised myself and worked in just one area...normally like to spread it out over the whole block but it just seemed the thing to do...
bjeannes asked for "bling and butterflies". Once I stitched my first row with the pink pearl trim and herringbone stitching, the velveteen didn't want to lay nicely so I decided to "quilt" that part with little sparkly beads...I rather like how it pulled it back. Had a lot of fun working on this lovely block!