Saturday, September 21, 2013

Peahen in Crescent Wreath

I have completed Baltimore Album block one. This block was started last November in a class with Elly Sienkiewicz. The padded roses turned out so good. The dimension did not really show with the first layer, the red background of the rose, but when I added the pink top petals, they really puffed up. It was slow appliquéing, going thru the red rose and the batting underneath (see last post), but the end result was great.

I tried to do a lot of dimension work in this block. I don't know if the little yellow flowers have a name, but I made them starting with a 1.25 inch circle. I made a little mini yo yo then brought the gathering thread to the center front of the yo yo and back around to the back of the yoyo at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o clock. I sewed each one down with a red seed bead and just did a little tac stitch on each petal. There were a few more stems on the pattern, but I got carried away with the blossoms and did not put the stems down first. I decided most of those stems were covered with just bits showing thru and the flowers filled the wreath enough. I thought I would just embroider in those stems but I really don't think the block needs it.

The last addition was the peahen which I completed off block on lightweight interfacing that Elly referred to as gossamer in the class. I trimmed the interfacing to an eight inch. It was very easy to turn under the interfacing. I think the padded roses would probably be best done off block also.

I am looking through my appliqué patterns and deciding on what will be block two.

Happy Stitching All,




  1. I think this block looks amazing!! I love the little yellow flowers and your padded roses turned out beautifully. The peahen is also rather amazing - I can't wait to see what your next block is :0)

  2. Gorgeous work on this block---julierose

  3. Absolutely beautiful, Cheri!!! I particularly love the peahen! You make me want to do Baltimore again.......

  4. Wow that is beautiful! The peahen is so good especially those tail feathers.

  5. I love the little yellow flowers! Great work.

  6. Whoop! Whoop! Yay! Yay! Applauding loudly at your gloriously beautiful block!!

  7. What a beautiful block. I have never seen off block appliqué done this way. I take you appliqué the pieces to the interfacing and then appliqué the interfacing to the background, or do you stitch into the appliqué piece again? Beautiful work.