This is one of the two Christmas blocks I recently created. I wanted to do a fairly traditional Christmas themed block in non-traditional colors. The inspiration came from the vintage postcard (of course). I loved the colors and the scene. I also had the snowflakes shown on the upper right light lavender block. They are actually for paper crafting, but they are real beads, so why not? I then started pulling fabrics from my stash.
The bird images are also from vintage postcards I have and I loved the coloring and the sentiment. I added copper threads to the flying bird to give her some sparkle too. The green ribbon flowers were from someone very special and were posted on my blog several months ago. I added a sheer lime green ribbon around the outer edge of each to brighten them and shape them a bit more like roses. The snowflake directly above them is a snowflake I won from a blog friend (Marie @ sredeluxe.blogspot.com) and I was thrilled to be able to use it. I loved the non-traditional violets on the postcard and extended them beyond the edge of the postcard. I also stitched up several of my own versions of snowflakes throughout the block to fill in spaces.
I had a tough time photographing this block to show off all the sparkle. If any of you have tips for this I would love to hear from you! There are tons of sequins on this block and it really does reflect. I had some buttons and clear/rhinestone beads (shown along the branch on the green patch to the right of the postcard) that really worked into my design nicely.