It seems I can't get enough of couching around lace motifs to add to crazy quilt blocks...
I have been searching for shapes and forms that reflect the flora and fauna found on the beach to use as inspiration for the embellishment of this shell block.
This is the second block in a row where I cannot fall back on the use of flowers to decorate seams etc.
Even though I do miss the flowers, the challenge has been fun for me. My search took me to the library where I found this book of illustrations by Ernst Haeckel, a German biologist and naturalist who lived and worked in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
This guy contributed greatly to biology and plant physiology by discovering, identifying and naming thousands of species. I had no idea. I was just looking for some block inspiration...
Well, I found it.
Haeckel was also an illustrator and this book is full of his drawings of microscopic life forms, similar to the amoeba, called radiolarians. Radiolarians are free-swimming protozoa that live in all of the earth's oceans.
And even though they are too tiny to see with the naked eye, their forms and structures seem to map some of the larger sea forms we can see in the ocean such as sea stars, urchins, etc.
I was infatuated and have been using it to inspire some of the seam treatments on my block.
I bought this hole-y trim a while back not knowing what I would use it for...
And today it came out of the box and into action. It's called Spider Web Ribbon and you can find it at Flights of Fancy boutique. I think it remotely resembles the hole-y and spiky quality of some of the shapes on the beach.
Today, I'm trying to finish up the base seam treatments for the block so I should be able to share a full- block update next post.
See you then.