Tuesday, June 02, 2009

"After the Ball" is on it's way!

Made it! I squeaked under the wire and got my entry into the Alliance for Quilts "Crazy for Quilts" contest.
I kept the smaller embellishments to a minimum in order to emphasize the main design elements. The ones I did use I kept close to the color of the background. Supplies used on this piece include vintage linens, lace, pearls, crystals, buttons, sequins and gloves. Soie d'alger silk floss and perle cotton, along with a few beads made up the seam treatments. I had a couple of problems with the finishing but I'm hoping it will be accepted. If it's not, that's OK too! I learned so much in the finishing alone that it was worth doing.

Here's a close-up of the Lady herself.
Lady corner
There's a bit more buckling here than there should be but all in all, I like it! As always, click the pictures to get to a larger size. If you want to see even more detail, use the "All sizes" feature on flickr to go to a giant size.

All in all, I learned so very much doing this piece. It has also kick-started my creative self and that's a good thing! Keep your fingers crossed that it's accepted into the contest!

Later, ladies...


pinsneedles said...


Absolutely stunning.
I sure do have my fingers crossed for you.

Plays with Needles said...

Breathtakingly, romantically, wonderfully, beautiful to look at and experience. All the small details you added at the end were PERFECT! Congratulations Marty, you're already a winner in my eyes!!

Allison Ann Aller said...

This is perfection, Marty!
It is IN the contest...now it will join the others for the online casting of ballots (you have to be an Alliance member to vote, which is easy, just join up with a small donation!)


The viewers choose the winners, and I truly believe yours will be one... ;-)

Beautiful, beautiful work, Marty, and I am so glad it kick started your creativity, too!

Threadspider said...

What a charming piece of artistic creation Marty. I wish you luck with your entry, but whatever happens, it is a winner for me. And thank you for always leaving such sweet comments on my blog. They are highly valued.

rianammerman said...

Such a lovely piece and a very unique idea. I'm glad you got it into the competition, and I hope you win a prize. I am sure you will.

Candi said...

Absolutely beautiful! You done a marvelous job on it. Thanks for sharing

Lisa said...

Lovely block Marty! So feminine and delicate! Just gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

I must say this block is stunnung. It took my breath away..I too have always wanted to incorporate a pair of gloves into a block..How did you attatch the gloves? This is a gorgeous block! Debbie (Maine)