Block #20 Nature’s Walk

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Wow! Was that ever a lot of embroidery for someone who hadn’t done any embroidery in probably 35-40 years before I started the Splendid Sampler.  I found some iridescent skeins (otherwise known as fancy pants floss) yesterday when I bought more floss so I picked up the 3 colors that would be used in the flowers.

Once I started on one, there was no going back. I did think several times that I could just outline parts of it; even some of the designers did that so if it’s good enough for them, it would be good enough for me.  But then I would think, what are a few days out of the course of 20 years (that’s my go-to phrase to put things in perspective – will this matter in 20 years?).

2016-04-22 15.27.36Yes, this block took much longer than any previous block.  It took me the better part of 2 days and by that I mean I worked on it probably 4 hours each day.  But there are others that took an hour two, so it all evens out. I decided to mentally torture myself and take a picture of it in perspective of 20 blocks and no, it’s not the “wow” block up there – I personally think the paper pieced one is the one that catches my attention the most.  But this block does have a story of its own, every bit as much as the others.

I’m running out of room on my design wall with these projects!

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Thread crazy says:

    Very nice, I used to do hand embroidery many years ago also. Still do my needlepoint when I have time. Yes, guess it’s best to start on small things first!! Like your blocks, they blend together well.

  2. norma says:

    Well done with the embroidery. I guess a small block is the way to bring you back into it without pain.
    I love your block collection.

    1. Thank you! That is a great point. I don’t know that I would’ve jumped in if this was a larger block.

  3. Lisa E says:

    Looking great!! Just now got my traced on the background fabric.

    1. I’ll be interested to see yours when it’s completed. The funny thing was when I realized I still needed to add sashing and corner pieces after all that!

  4. Amanda G says:

    Too bad you don’t live closer! You could teach me to do embroidery. :p This is so beautiful it actually makes me want to do it the way it is designed.

    1. Thank you! I did think a time or two about taking shortcuts, but when it was done I was happy I followed through.

  5. Nice job on the embroidery!

    1. Thank you!

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