I must confess. I did not like the angel block in the Baltimore Christmas quilt pattern. Not that there was anything wrong with it, I just did not feel that it went with the rest of the quilt. Can you remember all the blocks I have posted up to this point? If not go here to my flickr account: they are all there.
Good, you are back. Now go here to P3 Designs and look at the angel block. Not only are we talking itty bitty pieces here but it is the one of two times that pink shows up. The dolly's dress is pink and I always wondered if the angels were dolls or was the dolly an angel? It is also the only religious seeming block while all the other are very secular.
I studied the blocks that I had finished and realized two items that are commonly associated with Christmas were missing. There were no candles or poinsettias.So I fixed my dilemma by designing my own block to replace the angel one. Not only did I include a poinsettia and candle, I pulled from the other blocks and used ornaments, stars and holly. The pine boughs are once again drawn onto the background.
I have already started on the 24"x24" square medallion center but it will take a bit longer than the 12" blocks.
Oh, and I finally figured out how I am going to shade the applique. I have problems with a heavy hand when I try to use paint, so all along I've been thinking of pencils or ink. After hours of online research, I found this tutorial: Colored Pencil w/ Applique. The colorless extender is in the mail. Problem solved.
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