Monday, November 30, 2009

Baltimore Album Blocks - month 6 - Cornucopia

Here is my month 6 block, a cornucopia.  Our instructor gave us several cornucopia bases to choose from and we were to fill them with items of our choice.  I decided on doing some Fall things - a white pumpkin, an apple, a pear, and some blackberries.  I wasn't real happy with the red color I chose for the apple but liked the highlight shading on the fabric. I decided to tea stain the apple so the red would blend better with my other blocks.  That wasn't quite dark enough yet so I used coffee to stain it darker.  I also decided to put some shading on the pear with the tea bag and for good measure did a little bit on the pumpkin too.  Ahh, much better. 

I don't know if you can tell, but the lip of the cornucopia is braided.  This was the first time I'd tried doing that.  I made a bias strip and sewed it into a tube, then braided it, and sewed it down.  Something didn't look quite right - the braid was way too loose and chunky.  I asked my instructor, and sure enough, the seam I sewed in it made it bulky - I could have just folded in the edges.  I decided to take it apart and cut out the seam.  That reduced the bulk and I was able to make the braid tighter.  I'm much happier with it this way.

My second cornucopia is in process.  It has silk ribbon roses on it - another first for me.  And my third cornucopia is traced and ready to go.  Guess I have some catching up to do.  I'll have to applique like crazy to get back on track.  Being sick sure can slow a person down.


Kim D. said...

Great effort on your block it looks wonderful.

Greg said...

It looks good to me. As long as you're happy with it thats all that matters right?