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Monday, October 17, 2011

Beaded flowers and a graceful butterfly


have now been added to the small crazy quilt I have just started. I have had these beads for a very long time...............handed over to me by my husband's grandmother..........a long time ago. As you can see, I still have basting thread running through...........I am still not quite finished with this section.

I am still in the process of embroidering the butterfly............it seems the more I work on this quilt, the more ideas begin to unfold and to reveal themselves.


In researching "the craziness of crazy quilts" I have found some to be  heavily embroidered and embellished............and so pretty. This small quilt is a representation of sorts of .............
my life.
I don't have that much "craziness" in my life.............as of yet.In fact, I try to avoid a lot of" craziness"
My life is  more simple, yet filled with (what I think to be) beauty of many forms. Along the journey of incorporating that into my quilt............I am not sure how heavily it will be embellished. But I have really been enjoying the path of this "crazy journey"...........and I find myself anticipating to get it finished. I am hoping that by the time I have finished, I will have a quilt that is full of stitches, embellishment, yet still has a simple charm to it.
How about you?
Is your life like a crazy quilt,............ bold and full of sparkles from life?...............or do you have a more quiet path to walk along?
I would love to hear!



15 comments:

staci said...

Stunning! Love that close up picture of the vines and beaded flowers, just lovely!

Betty Lou said...

You do such wonderful embroidery.

lil red hen said...

Oh this is so pretty!! You're going to have an absolute work of art when it's finished. The butterfly looks like a bought applique piece it's so perfect.

I think my life must be like a string quilt; just a little of this and that pieced together with no rhyme or reason. ;)

Elmsley Rose said...

That block is gorgeous! Love the vine with bead flowers and the butterfly! You've given me the new idea of using buttonhole stitch in a butterfly.
And thankyou for the lovely comment on my blog :-)

T's Daily Treasures said...

I much prefer a quiet, peaceful existence but sometimes you just can't avoid crazy! :) Your crazy quilt is coming along beautifully. But then, I wouldn't expect any less from you. Wishing you a wonderful day. Tammy

ina said...

I love the butterfly-Ina

Karen said...

Kathleen, those beads make really pretty flowers and the butterfly is gorgeous! Thanks so much for the sweet comment on my blog!

Cora from Hidden Riches said...

Crazy quilts have always been my favorite, and I still wish I had the courage to try to make one. I'm not sure my life is full of craziness --- some might think that the things I've ventured are risky and crazy. But I have never felt that my life was cut straight, matched at the corners, and uniform. I follow no schedules or order of things, so the seemingly mismatched way fit's well into the crazy quilt scheme. LOVE the beads, the butterfly and the embroidery. You never seem to amaze me, girl!

Sharon said...

Beautiful!

GardenofDaisies said...

It's looking more and more beautiful!! The stitched butterfly is gorgeous!

Thoughts from my Page said...

Your work is so beautiful. I wish you could offer an email subscription so I could quickly see when you post a new item .

Elmsley Rose said...

Congrats on your mention in Needlepoint News!

papel1 said...

Crazy quilts are great...the beads are lovely
Judy

Joanne said...

The beaded flowers are just so perfect!
Crazy quilt is probably a good depiction of my life- not so much in the way of lots of drama but more in the way of lots of random pieces that I try to piece together and make some kind of cohesive whole. With a liberal smattering of pretty things to embellish the whole.
:)

Mini said...

Never heard of a crazy quilt before until I read about it here! It looks lovely. And the beaded flowers are beautiful too:)