Monday, June 28, 2010

Block #7

I love looking at peacocks so I really enjoyed making this block. The ones I made, using civil war fabrics, aren't quite as brightly hued as a real peacock but I'm pleased with how they turned out. I embroidered the feet and was much happier doing them this way rather than appliqueing them out of fabric. I'm discovering that the details in a block are what captivate my attention and excite me. This block was one that got me pretty excited because there were lots of details to play around with........couldn't wait to see what the little guys would look like when they were finished.  I just love seeing how a block evolves itself (anyway it seems like it takes on a life of it's own and creates itself the way it wants to be sometimes, if you know what I mean. I don't really know how to explain it but I just love that part.)

Next I think I'll try making the peahen, block #14.


  1. Wow Linda...those are AMAZING birds!! I love the fabrics and the embroidery embellishment. Their eyes look so real (that's where I always get into trouble...).

    Can't wait to see the next one!

    In stitches,
    Teresa :o)

  2. Linda, these guys are wonderful. I love the way you handled their eyes and feet. Very nice!
    Kay H

  3. Your peacocks are wonderful! The green fabric with the circles is perfect in the tail :0) The eyes look really great too.

  4. dear linda,the eyes are spectacular,how did you do them?and lovely fabrics you used,happy stitching,susi

  5. Great birds Linda and I love the embroidery, it's lovely..

  6. They are so beautiful! Excellent eyes.

  7. Your Birds are gorgeous.

  8. Linda,

    Love these little guys! The eyes look great and the embroidery on the leaves give such wonderful texture. The civil war fabric are very nice. Nicely done!


  9. Linda your birds are beautiful, with the embroidery on the leaves and the eyes so real. Wow - the block is absolutely drop-dead gorgeous :)

    happy stitching

  10. Beautifully elegant! Congratulations, Linda!
    Look forward to seeing your next block.

  11. Thank you for your nice comments everyone.

    Susi, you asked how I did the eyes. Well, I have to admit that for awhile I wasn't too sure the eyes were going to work. They looked pretty bad there for awhile until I finally figured out where I had gone wrong.

    I started with an arc shaped piece of white fabric, added a black circle with permanent marker at the bottom of that piece and appliqued it on. Then I put a separate piece of colored fabric under the eye. Well, the poor little guys ended up just looking starteled/freightened or something with those beady eyes. I pondered for quite some time over what I could do. I decided to try making the black circle bigger, then I tried adding a white dot of acrylic paint in the center of it. It was starting to get a little better but they still looked somewhat starteled. So I thought some white under the black circle might do the trick. I didn't want to applique more white fabric in that little space and it dawned on me that maybe I could use some white embroidery thread under the black circle. Thankfully that helped and the eyes finally looked better. It's a trial and error process sometimes, isn't it?

  12. The tail feathers are very effective and the whole block is lovely. Well done!


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