I LOVE talking about blocks, studying blocks, and playing with them in Photoshop... I am always on a quest for great blocks and trying to figure out what makes them so great ... So I started this companion blog that will be devoted to this quest. But also check out my regular blog at http://olderrose.blogspot.com

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

This is how roses should look on CQ

Well after I ranted on machine-made roses Cheryl posted this picture of a tone-on-tone RR block she just finished doing for Ritva on CQI.  This is how roses should be done on CQ  She lavished handmade roses on this block and it is absolutely stunning....   There's rolled ribbon roses, spider roses and all the tiny fargo  ones (sometimes called farago) at the top of the heart....

So sure you can now buy cheap ribbon roses to glue or tack  on, but nothing looks as good as the real thing. A genuine, handmade rose has far more detail and texture

I really like the textured effect she put under the key. The entire block is classy and elegant and I liked everything about this block except at first I was sorta on the fence about the daisies...  They grew on me...

Although the block looks just as great without them they do add a spark of light and life to the block.   But there is one thing I would recommend.... it's repetition in some way of the fan shape upper right... and if it were me I'd use it on a seam treatment lower right...

Cheryl did a little block modification with her larger clump of roses.. as you can see in the naked block it is covering some design in the fabric...

All in all this is a block well done and will surely be treasured by Ritva...

I'm having no trouble at all finding great work  for this blog but I am having trouble finding time to get them all posted...

2 comments:

  1. The "thistle" flower to the right of the heart is beautiful.
    Deb

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  2. I love the way Cheryl used roses to define areas of the heart - haven't seen this done before and it looks just great.

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