The block I stitched this month (June) is actually my April block. The birthstone is Diamond, so I have happily added some sparkle (but not real diamonds).
This is its humble beginnings. The center of the block is silver and white and I placed it in the 'diamond' angle and not square. The image of the house is from a watercolor painting I did. I had also used this same painting for a blue and white heart pillow I made for my mother one Christmas. She grew up in this house. My grandmother loved this home and also loved yellow roses. She had parakeets that she talked to daily as well as many stray outdoor cats and a dog she cherished.
My first version (below) had a silver butterfly. but then I found the diamond/rhinestone quill broken brooch which I really admired and wanted to use.
The butterfly was a large earring and I'm sure I will find another use for it. I just love the sparkle from the quill.
The April flower is the Daisy, so I added a few in the corner using silk ribbon for petals and French knots in the center using embroidery floss.
A rhinestone button was added along with a sweet key to a jewelry box. This home is a jewel in my mind, so this key is appropriate. You will remember I used the actual key to this house on last months block.
I stitched a diamond shape in the middle using silver metallic thread. Sorry, no diamond ribbon. The colors for the month of April ar pink and purple, so that helped decide the ribbon color and small lavender flowers were also added for color.
I have the original receipt for supplies purchased to build this home by my great grandfather. I doubt he had any idea how much someone down the line in his family tree would value such a receipt.
I have so many fond memories from times spent in this house and it will always have a special place in my heart. Do you have memories from your childhood of a special place full of love? This house still stands, but it has been modernized inside from what I understand. You can't go back.