Looking for something else this morning in my picture files (as usual) I found this I had forgotten about - as I remember, my friend Nina in N.C. sent it last year. She knows I love morning glories. Anyway, my beautiful 7mm silk ribbon from River Silks arrived several days ago - beautiful texture and color it has! I decided, along with Allie's new pictures of the current crazy quilt project, to go ahead and do morning glories first. This is how it begins: (with her permission and encouragement, of course). I printed out images from her blog and have studied them closely for color and embellishment - the colors are so right for the May TIF Challenge! Also, I look at the fabrics used, as part of the enjoyment for me is "replicating" the look of the fabrics in needlepoint - quite a challenge in itself. The next step was to dump out the fibers - and silk ribbon. I know better now than to pre-think what to use on each patch, as I always change my mind - it really works better in this genre to just kind of build it as I go with a basic color scheme in mind, of course. I forgot to show also the little vial of beads I pulled out - they look like pearls. (Sundance, as always). Somehow they just seemed right for these colors and threads. I drew on canvas two sizes of heart shapes on 18 mesh, and now will fool around with patches and shapes on tracing paper to see what happens. I have been determined to continue with the "heart shaped thing" with the crazy quilts in needlepoint, but I keep going back to one section of the quilt, and just don't think I can pull it off as a heart - we'll see! Anyway, it will be a most enjoyable and creative activity for me - and the motivation for finishing the morning glories will be wanting to start on the "Evening Primrose" version. I will have to play around with the 7mm ribbon, as the morning glory shape isn't going to be easy to do in silk ribbon - and I'm not quite sure of the scale yet. But it wouldn't be fun if it were totally easy and without challenge!! I won't put morning glories on this block, but aren't the colors and embroidered embellishments wonderful?!! I already know what I will do with that little pink and purple patch in the upper right corner.