July 1, 2012

Barbara's Palestrina Stitch and Project Check-in


I'm starting my July CQJP block with two versions of the palestrina stitch, the short-armed version in blue, and the longer version in yellow.  I'm considering the crocheted motif on the block, which I got in the treasure box some of the Tuesday Stitchers have been passing around.  I also took the little pot button out of my stash as the basis for a vine or maybe a tree.


I felt brave cutting the embroidered rose from a vintage but stained doily.



The six blocks I've made so far are roughly positioned around the central St. Francis image.  Again, I may re-print the central image onto another fabric, even though I like the blue flowers, because the image resolution isn't as sharp as I want it to be.  In the next six blocks I have to integrate more left-facing birds so that they're not all looking in the same direction.  I like the way the colors repeat across the blocks, and I'm going to try to maintain this balance.  Six blocks down, six to go.

15 comments:

Debra Spincic said...

Lovely so far!

My recommendation would be to move the Tree block to the lower left side so the branch and the bird would be pointing into the quilt instead of out of the quilt. It would also help balance the bright colors on the right with the more subdued colors on the left.

Carol Neale-Broughton said...

Lovely to see your blocks together and what a story they are telling, it's going to make a wonderful wallhanging and you've already started on July!

ladyhawthorne said...

Could you do some subtle embroidery on St Francis to bring him and the birds out more? Love how it's coming along and I haven't forgotten I promised to send you some goodies. I must find more time to take care of things!

Judy S. said...

This is going to be a beautiful wallhanging, Barbara. I just love it. Amd to think you've already started on July.....it promises to be another nice one!

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

I didn't think about what a nice edging this stitch makes, almost like a blanket stitch but better. Seeing it next to your white embroidered rose patch really brought it to my attention. I am really enjoying seeing the variety of uses for this stitch everyone is submitting.

It is fun seeing all of your blocks together. I agree with Debra concerning the Blue Jay block. Also the pops of blue in each block seems to tie them together nicely. This is going to be a wonderful hanging.

Cy said...

Oh fabulous. Love the way the blocks are looking. Just a little more juggling to get them right once you have the "other" six blocks completed, and this is going to be a very interesting quilt.
Excellent Palestrina Stitch variations. I like the wavy yellow one.

Suztats said...

I really like your orange palestrina wave. It really moves the eye around!
Great to see all the blocks together. No doubt you've already planned some stitching and embellishing for the St. Francis block, but seeing the embellished blocks around it makes it look a little thin and plain by comparison. Since your other blocks are so rich and colourful, the difference was what I first noticed. But perhaps this is part of your design element, to emphasize the life of poverty and simplicity he chose, compared to the richness of his youth.

Barbara C said...

These blocks are only provisionally placed. I'm definitely going to try to get all the birds looking into the center of the quilt, but as you can see, I've got most of them facing the same direction.

Barbara C said...

I am planning to balance the composition with embroidery on the center area. The white in the current center really stands out to me. No rush on your mailing: I'm going to be working on this for the rest of the year at least.

Barbara C said...

My blocks get so crowded, I like finding small seam treatments. The short arm palestrina works really well for a subtle accent.

Barbara C said...

Yes, it looks thin and plain to me too. I think I may be looking at another version of the central image, maybe on a colored background, or at least extensive embroidery in the center.

Debra Spincic said...

Give me a holler if you need some other printed birds. I have some yardage with birds and I can cut a few out for you.

Debra Spincic said...

Mathmatically speaking, it looks like your middle is going to need to be larger to accomodate the blocks. You might have an opportunity with borders/trim to add some additional richness.

cq4fun said...

I like the way they coordinate so well. The colors and the birds and flowers really make the theme of St. Francis work so well. I am eagerly anticipating what you do with the little button pot on July's block!

Peacock said...

I really like the way the blue flowers ring St. Francis. The birds work so beautifully alongside the flowers, and the whole composition is just gorgeous. I guess I'll have to trust your opinion about the image resolution-- yah, it's not as sharp as the printed fabrics throughout the rest of the quilt... but I think the softness of the image gives an added spiritual dimension too. Whatever you choose, I'm sure it will be lovely.
It's really great to see all your blocks together this way-- the colors are fabulous! I also really like the little cross-stitched rose on your newest block. What a precious reclamation of a stained doily.