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Appliqué is Sneaking In April 16, 2011

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I’m not sure what is going on.  Yes, that’s Roxanne’s Glue-Baste-It which is used in appliqué.  This afternoon I went out shopping specifically to buy the product.  Three or four weeks ago, I picked out some fabrics for Lillebet’s Garden, a gorgeous pattern by Beth Ferrier.

Then there’s the kit I bought in 2008 — Tulips for Beginners — another quilt with both piecing and applique.

Then of course there are those Dresden Plates I finally finished, not to mention all the letters for the Crossword Puzzle quilt I’m working on.  I thought my ‘mantra’ was “I don’t do appliqué”.  In fact I blogged about it in 2009.

If my own projects are enough, I found this in the mail when I got home from the retreat earlier this week:

It’s block #107 from Volume 2 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks.  Diane Harris made it and it’s called Paisley Punch.  Who knows what I’m going to do with this block. Whatever I do, it will push me outside of my comfort zone which is occasionally  good thing.


Option 1 or Option 2? February 22, 2011

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Option #1

Option #2


There will be 15 total plates. Since I’m quilting them in sections, I’ll potentially need to make up my mind before I get all 15 appliquéd (there’s that word again) to the background.

February UFO Challenge February 1, 2011

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Judy has drawn the UFO Challenge number for February.  The link to the January challenge finishes can be found here.

This month’s number is 10. That means I’ll be working on my bright Colorworks Dresden Plate Quilt-As-You-Go project…

…if I can find it.

The top picture is a relatively current picture. I took it this past December. That portion of the quilt is in my UFO crate on the shelves. The bottom picture was taken a while back. I’m not sure where those two finished blocks are – or for that matter the box of black batting I purchased for the project.

This project was started in 2006.   Most of the prints are from the  Colorworks collection which came out in the early 1990’s.  I  know this, because the fabric is from a  “broomstick”  skirt that my Mom made for me as ‘model garment’ at a now defunct chain fabric store shortly after I moved to Texas.  I am here to tell you that quilting cotton does not make an easy to care for broomstick skirt.  Which is not to say the skirt wasn’t cute.  Mom used the same fabric to make a skirt for my sister and sister-in-law — although I don’t think their skirts had as many tiers.

I loved the skirt.  Wore it for nearly 10 years (I’m obviously not a clothes horse) but tended to roll over the hem when getting up from my desk at work.  Since the skirt had an elastic waistband,  it made for some potentially awkward moments.  The last time it happened,  I decided I would make a quilt from the miles of fabric in the skirt and came home and tore the skirt apart. I managed to acquire the other two skirts and found some leftover fabric in Mom’s sewing room.

Of course as a project without a known destination, this quilt got set aside to languish unfinished as I worked on something else.  Since it was started, I’ve completely gutted my sewing room, so there is no telling where the missing blocks and batting are.  For a while, the missing batting (and maybe the missing blocks?) was in a crate sitting in the living room.  Then we cleaned up the living room and the crate got moved.  Our best guess is it’s in the basement – but everything in the basement got moved around not too long ago when we had the plumber out.  So, before I can really begin working on this project, I’ve got to work on the basement.  I wonder if Judy will let me count a cleaned basement as a finished UFO?

I’ll search for the missing batting and if I don’t find it in the next two weeks, I may have to swap out UFO #10 for something else on the list.

Shopping the Stash October 7, 2010

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I have a new project in the works which needs to be finished by next summer. Due to circumstances, there will be a mad rush to finish it.  Since it is going to require appliqué, I thought I’d start working on it sooner than later.  Tonight I remembered a length of light fabric I bought based on a tiny swatch. It’s perfect for my project.  Then I spotted some black fabric in one of my bins.  Turns out it a big hunk as well.  I need less than a yard for the appliqué, so if it turns out I need this fabric to set my Black & Bright Swap blocks I should still have plenty.

In addition to the fabric, I need freezer paper and fusible webbing.  It turns out I have both in my stash, along with a spool of black thread.  So, I think this quilt top will come completely from stash.  Check back with me next summer to see if the backing comes from stash.

SBS Block September 15, 2010

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J4 – Autumn Leaf

This month’s challenge for the SBS Offline Quilters list is Autumn Leaf as a welcome to fall and 4 blocks from the following list in remembrance of summer:

I’ve previously completed the last two on the list, so it appears that I’ll be doing a bit of hand work this month, as 3 of the 5 remaining blocks are appliqué.  And yes, I hand appliquéd the stem on the leaf.

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SBS Block August 22, 2010

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A4 – Posies ‘Round the Square

When the quilt is finished, I’ll try to remember to find tiny flat buttons to put in the center of circles.  I just don’t think I can appliqué something that small.  The first time I did this block, I didn’t even appliqué the leaves.

This block, along with the 4 others I did originally are in the orphan block box to be use in a future project.

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SBS Block Due 6/6 June 4, 2010

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B-1 Stamp Baskets

This has it all — that is all that I’m not fond of — weird measurements that can’t be cut large and trimmed down, triangles that have to be sewn as triangles and applique!

I persevered and got it made.

Dancing Flowers is a Top! May 4, 2010

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I finished the sashing this evening and have decided to leave that narrow black border — just enough to bind and call this a top. Now to cut the binding and see what I have that will make a good backing.

Dancing Flowers Cornerstones May 3, 2010

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I’ve had lots of comments on the layout I’m using for Dancing Flowers.

Thank you.

But I can’t claim all of the credit. EQ6 helped tremendously with the cornerstones. In EQ the cornerstone is called French Knot Corner. I’ve only used 2 colors and the background instead of 3, and I took out the fiddly diagonal seams and partial seaming, reducing the number of pieces to 24. Even so, the 4 cornerstones took me about 2 1/2 hours – not including the time spent on cutting the fabric. These are cute, but I’m so glad the ones on the quilt are going to be twice as large.

Way back when…even before I received the Black and Bright swap blocks, I thought I’d set the blocks in 4 strips and alternate the pieced strips with narrow strips with applique flowers. I got as far as cutting out the flowers for the quilt before deciding it would make the quilt too busy, not to mention “I don’t do applique”. Anyway Dancing Flowers was my test project and will become a wall hanging.

What’s on My Design Wall May 2, 2010

Posted by Pam in KC in applique, designwall, UFOs.
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I’ve been putzing around in my sewing room all weekend and finally got enough stuff put up, I was able to re-hang the design wall. Not only have I been cleaning, but I’ve been quilting and finally came up with the setting for my Dancing Flowers wall hanging. The picture above is from EQ. I imported pictures of my blocks and then set them into the quilt design.

So far all I have done is the inner sashing.

I settled on this layout since I’m making it to go with my Black and Bright Swap block quilt. Here’s an EQ rendering of the quilt. Perhaps by the end of the year this quilt will make it into the top 5 UFOs to finish.

To see if others are working on their UFOs or something new, check out the links at Patchwork Times.