Thursday, April 26, 2007

The (not so) Ugly Bug Ball

Well my buzzy bee has been joined by some more entomologist's delights - a little blue butterfly and a ladybird. The butterfly might well be joined by a couple more - we'll see. This is such fun and all for a humble table runner to cover those dark and brooding granite table mats. Maybe I keep adding little bits of applique so I can put off the dreaded sandwiching moment :o)
I think it was either Jane or Fiona who asked if I'd used a pigma pen to add the stripes to the bee - yes indeed, you've sussed me - it also made a reasonable job on the ladybird's spots and the butterfly's body. However I did embroider the bee's pathway
I was browsing round the various blogs and spotted that Joyce has been making some Leukaemia blocks to send off to Clare. I realised I've not made any for a while and my recent charity shop haul had included some red checks so, as I'm particularly partial to appliqueing hearts, I thought I'd rustle up a block or two for that very worthy cause
This is the first (ignore the ratty edges I've not trimmed it to size yet as I can't actually see my cutting and stitching table under everything my family has deposited on it - and that's my excuse for stalling on Spencer's Stars)
Another block is part done - that's tonight's job along with those extra butterflies

12 comments:

May Britt said...

I think I have to add some ladybirds to my tuliprunner too. It is so pretty on yours.

Screen Door said...

Your applique is beautiful. You do grteat work.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

You've really made this table runner even more fun and happy with the clever applique bits. It looks completely wonderful! (Yes, I would say ladyBUG, but ladybird seems to elevate the insect to a loftier, more deserving status!)

joyce said...

The tablerunner is so cute and I love your additions. The hearts are so appropriate for the blocks for Clare.

Ruth's Place said...

Love the insects on the table runner, it's very pretty.

Knot Garden said...

I like your appliqued insects, and the embroidered bee's trail is a lovely touch! Beautiful piecing as well. Thanks for your comments on my blog,
Caroline

Carolyn said...

I just love this tablerunner, it's adorable! You are too clever!

Kim said...

You're runner is so cute!

Libby said...

The latest additions are just right *s*

atet said...

Your additions may be an excuse to avoide sandwiching -- but if so, it's a GOOD excuse! Love the insect additions and can't wait to see what other creatures stop in.

YankeeQuilter said...

One of my sister's is an Entomologist out in New Mexico...I'm always on the lookout for buggy ideas!

Tazzie said...

Your little bugs and bees are just darling, they really add something special to your piece.
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)