Saturday, January 29, 2011

This CQ is For the Birds!

Actually, this CQ is for Nicki Lee, as it’s her block I stitched on.   The theme of this round robin is For the Birds, and it was absolutely delightful to stitch on this block!   Nicki Lee had already pieced this 6” block with the charming silkie print of a pair of birds on a branch of apple blossoms. I couldn’t resist!

First I framed the print with some of the rayon venice lace that I dye with potassium permanganate.   I added beads to the lace swirls, then echoed the swirls in the upper left floral motif.   In addition, I felt we needed a nest of babies waiting for food, so it next up was recreating another tree branch with flowers, leaves and a fiber nest of three chirping baby birds.

The colors on this block are so happy, and I am sure I was smiling along with every stitch!

BTW, watch for new listings of dyed lace in my Etsy shop over the few days!  Have a great weekend!
Cathy maroon


  1. Love those baby birds! How very cute!

  2. Very nice, Cathy! I love the nest and baby birds.

  3. I LOVE this! The little birds in the nest just POPPED right out to me!!

    It was so interesting to read about how you dye the lace!! I dye (age) the fabrics I use to create my items, but I use RIT. I've never heard of what you use...but it ends with a terrific color!! Hope you sell all of it...I know you will!

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend! dana

  4. Awwww, that is just the cutest. Love the nest and baby birdies. - Cathy L

  5. WOW I love this so much the baby bird nest is my FAVORITE part of the whole block!

  6. Cathy - I'll say it again - I love what you did to my block! The little birdies are just the cutest and your work so beautiful! Thank you so much!


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