Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Fruit blocks

This is the last one of the fruit appliqué blocks I'm doing. There are nine in all plus the strawberry border. The picture above is of the block before it's been stitched. I used fabric pens to colour and add to the leaves and grapes. The tendrils of the vine are coloured in with pencil and I will overstitch with straight stitch.This is one of my favourite blocks; the others that I like particularly being oranges and plums. Eventually I will turn them all into a wall hanging. I have had great fun doing these and will feel a gap when they are finally finished.
I am doing some lessons on designing over the next few weeks and will start off dealing with colour and line. I am looking forward to these lessons and will stress the importance of proportion as it is so easy to have a good idea and yet never have it reach it's best because of poor proportion of elements in the design. I shall spend the next week of two making samples to underline what I am saying and I'm looking forward to this. I'm thinking of running a series of work as I go on the blog as it would be a good record of what I have done to look at in years to come. It is amazing to think that I have been blogging since early May 2005. I have lost the first few posts that I made as I changed my format and didn't realise that this would lose what I had written to date. But even going back to the first post that remains on the blog it is still very interesting and informative. I have to say that I was more involved in the beginning than I am now. Sometimes I have to make myself write and I know that my interest in blogging isn't as great as it was. I have to ask myself - do I blog for myself or to be read by others? The lack of comments makes blogging for others more of a chore so I suppose really I blog for myself. The fact that over 56,000 hits have been recorded means somebody somewhere is reading it but isn't sufficiently interested to comment; either positively or negatively. And I notice that lots of blogs that I read in the early days have bitten the dust and are long gone. I wonder if they felt the same! It's a bit like putting a letter in a bottle and casting it out to sea. Wondering if anyone will find it and reply!


  1. It's not that we're not interested!! Never think that, Val.. I love your blog but I don't often comment cos I thought my comments were redundant or whatever.. and usually I read your blog thru a reader that doesn't have a place for comments. So please, don't give up.. (and I should follow my own advice, methinks)
    Your design classes sound wonderful, and I am looking forward to seeing the samples.

  2. Valeri, your grapes are beautiful. I love the way you tinted the leaves. I can't wait to see the rest of the blocks.

  3. Wish I lived closer to come and live at your house, I mean attend your classes! the design in particular sounds really scrummy!!
    I wonder the same about readers of blogs, but then again I don't often comment myself!
    Keep up the good work, yours is one of the blogs I definitely look for an update on my reader!!