When I bought this pattern back in August of 2010 I don't think I knew what I was getting myself into. Last night I appliqued the last flower bud on and the top is done! I'm itching to get quilting it but I will stay focused and finish my current handquilting project - my Lily quilt.
This first picture is under the fluorescent lights in my basement.
What a fantastic time I have had working on this. I know my applique skills were challenged and I grew as a quilter.
It's very large for a wallhanging - I have no idea where I will hang it once it is quilted. My daughters were hassling me last night because the border squirrels and birds could use a stitch or 2 of embroidery - eyes... Technically its not done :0) But close enough for me! It has unfortunaltely already gone into the ufo bin to await quilting. Hopefully it doesn't have to stay there too long.
And now - what next?!!
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Thursday, April 7, 2016
I was sure glad to stitch the last set in seam for this quilt. The pattern is Circle Game - (somewhat modified) by Jen Kingwell. The blocks are done, pressed and trimmed - they are all ready to sew together. Now to puzzle out the best arrangement for them - lol!
It was fun to play with the block patterns this way :0)
My friend that I've been sewing this quilt along with has her top together. You can see how different hers looks in progress here. It's been such a great learning experience! We haven't picked out our next project to do together yet ... but we will!
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
March has been a busy month! I don't have a lot to show for myself but I have been sewing - a little bit every day.
I've been trying to focus on this last border for my Bird of Paradise quilt. It's almost finished. I was very pleased to applique the last of the squirrel/bird feet! I'm going to stay clear of projects with feet like this in the future :0)
I've been sewing along with the Thimblecreek mystery quilt this year. The blocks today are so much fun - little beach balls :0) Three more to go.
I hope to have something more exciting to show for myself next time. Until then -
Thursday, March 10, 2016
The annual outdoor quilt show is coming up in May and when thought about what to put in it this year... I came up blank. I haven't finished anything this year except small stuff. I've made great progress on a number of projects but nothing finished to show.
Humble Quilts in 2012. She called hers Mountain Trails.
This is the little project my daughter got started on. A friend of mine had gifted her with a lot of these little bits cut off from a couple of charm packs - and then washed. They were narrow - less than 1 1/4 inch wide and frayed on both sides.
All that remains is to finish the block surrounds and put it all together. Then we get to choose a new challenging project to work on - I can't wait!
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
I've been working on my Circle game quilt some more. I drew another block this week and it was kind of exciting to see it progress from paper to fabric. I'm trying to make blocks that fit in with the rest from the pattern without being too similar. When I planned this block I intended to make the star centre red. As I rummaged in my template bags I found this beige centre that is the perfect size. I was surprised at how much I like it.
But no - I still like them both :0) I'm sure I'll decide soon and just sew one of them on. 2 more blocks to go! I found the perfect border fabric in the sale room at a nearby quilt shop. I'm excited this will be a completed top.
I also made the Clue #2 of the Thimblecreek Mystery. I even managed to cut into some of my Dutch chintz fabric. The first cut has to be the hardest right?
Thursday, February 18, 2016
I should be working on my Bird of Paradise border. I'm so close to finishing it- over 5 years I've been working on it but instead I have been working on is this. Audrey posted on her blog Quilty Folk about the magic intersection of time and inclination for working on things. Clearly there has been time what is lacking is the inclination.
I got back to working on my Circle Game quilt. I decided to make 4 more blocks and make a rectangular quilt that someone in the family can use on a bed. I drew this fairly simple block on freezer paper, made templates and sewed it last week. Now I only have 3 more to come up with.
Thimblecreek mystery quilt last year I could not resist joining in on the mystery for this year. These are the first 4 blocks. What is it about 6 inch blocks - so irresistible :0)
Thursday, February 4, 2016
We've been away - without internet even for a whole 7 days and we survived! So, there was time to sew :0)
I wanted an easy prep applique project to bring along and remembered my intension to get back to this project. I started it at retreat in March of 2014. It is a Kim Diehl pattern from the 2014 April issue of Fons and Porter magazine. I posted about it here. Anyway I started the project in Kim's machine applique method but now have switched to hand applique which I love. This is my newly appliqued block.
While we were away I also managed to make a Star-a-day block everyday :0) I'm up to these 15 blocks now and I am considering aiming for 365.