Thursday, September 10, 2009

Still working away on the Midsummer CQ

Although I've been quiet on this little blog, I have been working away on the Midsummer CQ project. I've decided that 2.5 years is long enough and it WILL be finished by the end of the year!

So, without further ado, here's what I have been up to. When last we left Titania she was wingless and indecisive. Due to popular opinion, including my own, I went with the plain purple wings and here's where we stand today (click to embiggen, then go to all sizes):

Titania with hair embroidered
I fused her wings to the block and then couched some lovely purple sparkly braid around the outer edges to help with the fraying. I also stitched some tiny metallic thread to emphasize the shape of the wing as well has help hold the fabric down (it didn't fuse very well because of the wrinkles). Then, I backstitched with teeny tiny stitches all the way around her dress and hair as well as the tree. Her hair is also backstitched throughout to try and give the impression of lots of curls (we are rather fond of curls in my family!). Getting this far has helped me get a good feel for how everything in the center portion will work but I won't do any more until she is brought together with all the other center blocks.

And, speaking of center blocks, here are the three bottom blocks of the center portion. I set them up so you can see how they will fit together:

Center to left bottom blocksCenter to right bottom blocks
I used Allie's curved piecing method to give some flow to the picture. Of course I haven't seen her do it in person but once I got going it fell into place pretty quickly. At least it did for the left and center blocks... I waited a couple of weeks before I did the right hand block and had to completely re-learn how to do it! I think once I have lots of foliage and flowers and sprinkles and fairies and all that lovely stuff added it will look pretty good. At least I sure hope so! The vines curling around the long seams are running stitch and I plan on adding some leaves and flowers to them. In my mind's eye I see those vines curling through the grasses and ferns on the edges of the glade, rather like bindweed. I just started working on the ferns this week and am really enjoying figuring out how to add depth and life to them. They are done with fern stitch and lazy daisy stitches. I'm so looking forward to exploring this forest glade!

I've also nearly completed the beading of all the seams of the outer blocks. I've been taking each section to work and beading during my lunch hour. Everybody oohs and aahs over it, then says I'm crazy! Yup, that would be me, crazy for crazy quilting... LOL!!

Yesterday I hit Bead World here in Phoenix to pick up some leaf and flower beads. That place really makes me drool! I barely managed to control myself but I still spent too much, as always! Ah, well, they will be lovely on the quilt!

OK, that's about it for tonight. Take care, lovely ladies, and hope to "see" you soon!!


Plays with Needles said...

I was just wondering about Tatiana the other day and I can see she is doing VERY well. I loved that you backstitched all around her...makes her "pop"...and your piecing gives her a beautiful meadow in which to rest. That looks like it will be so much fun to embellish...can't wait to see what you do. And the beading, well, good for you, I say, taking it to work and everything! I'm so glad you posted...don't keep us in the dark too much...we like in progress pics...xo Susan

Jo in NZ said...

It's stunning Marty. The middle blocks are just amazing.
Even if you don't add words to your blog, please post pics!!

Allison Ann Aller said...

The semi circle formed beneath Tatania sets her off so well! It is very powerful...and evokes the moon in a subtle way....Love the botanical things happening there, too...
This is just glorious, Marty. WOW!!!! Cheers!!!

Threadspider said...

It's so been worth the wait Marty-this is an amazing piece.Congrats on progress so far and now the end is nearer than the beginning...

Rian said...

Hiya Marty, good to see you working and blogging again! Tatiana is looking great!