And here is Teagan's block rendered in fabric, floss, and thread.
The butterfly is a stained-glass applique technique in which the black "leading" part of the butterfly has been cut from whole cloth, and then fused to the colorful background. You can see more detail of that process in yesterday's post.
This one was hard, but I've been studying the next one for weeks trying to figure out how best to do it.
Of course, the black words are simple enough. Those are hand embroidered. The larger "Rainbow Words" at the top, done in so many different colors, can also be hand-embroidered, but I'll need a larger needle and several different colors of floss. Another block was completed that way, and it worked out pretty well.
Where I've been stuck is the rainbow and how best to recreate it. I've considered printing it on fabric and then appliqueing it, but that seems a little like cheating. Even more like cheating would be to recreate it in crayon. I've tried limiting crayon usage only to enhance a design, not to create it from scratch. Using different colors of fabric for applique didn't seem to be a good option for the outer portion of the rainbow. I considered yarn, but I'm not a knitter, and so my yarn stash is limited to only a few colors. Finally, this morning, I think I hit on the solution. I'll just let you stew about that until I get to work on it. Besides, I want to see if it will work first. What ideas do you have about it? I'm open to changing my mind.
Since I have some new followers (Welcome!), I'll explain that the "Live, Love, Teach" quilt is a retirement quilt I'm making for a friend who retired from 25+ years of teaching elementary school this past May. Her former students, friends, and colleagues created quilt blocks, and there are 56 blocks altogether. I've been recreating them one by one to be sewn into a quilt when they are complete. Teagan's block is Block #31. There is an entire album of all the blocks posted on Facebook. The album is public, and if you click on that link, I think you can see it even if you don't have a Facebook account.
It was a pretty sunrise this morning. Add the sound of a rooster's cock-a-doodle-doo and the scene will be completed for you.
Aside from one little housekeeping chore, it's going to be a sewing day. The buttons are all sewn onto the Dream Machines quilt now. I'll just be adding the label today, and then it will be off to Florida to its new home.
Next up will be quilting the veggie patch quilt. I was thinking of getting started on the Blushing Aspens table runner, but you can see that it's in use right now. Maybe another time.