My Sunday Afternoon Applique Group met yesterday and we were (once again!) delighted with some pretty awesome Show and Tell!
First, Kathy (with a K) showed her Kim McLean quilt that she started two years ago. Kathy chose to use solids for her backgrounds and a variety of black and whites for the appliques. Kathy brings new meaning to the word “creative”. So impressive!
Check out the sashing Kathy chose. It has colorful pins on a black background!
This is Helene’s version of Jo Morton’s “Prairie Flowers Encore”. Stunning!
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I love starting a new quilt! I really have no business starting something new, when I should be starting the last (yipee!) block of Friends of Baltimore, but it’s what I do! The more quilts I have one the go, the happier I am. I believe that a body in motion stays in motion and creativity breeds creativity! So, this is what I did today….I played!
This quilt is called Annabelle. It is based on a quilt made by Ann Daggs in New York and dated 1818. This is my focus fabric. I think of choosing fabrics for a quilt like choosing actors for a movie. Only one fabric (or actor) can play the leading role.
And, no movie is complete without a supporting cast!
So, once I chose most of my fabrics, I started cutting, prepping and audtioning. At this stage, I just lay everything out on the paper pattern and play!
Once I “say yes to the dress”, I start to glue pieces onto the background.
I like to give myself lots of options. I have chosen 3 different fabrics for the leaves. I love them all!
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The sun is shining, so I ran to get my camera so I could finally take a picture of “Circle of Tulips”. I find the handquilting shows up really nicely in the bright sun! The only time I hand-quilt is in the evening. I like to sit down around 9 o’clock with a pot of tea and stitch the night away and contemplate life in general! You can download the pattern for “Circle of Tulips” on my website. It’s free! You can also check out the new video for the second installment of “Peggy’s Puzzle”.
Finally finished stitching the fruit bowl from Sue Garman’s “Friends of Baltimore”. This could possibly be one of my favourite blocks! One more block left!!
I used Ultra-Suede for the little frilly green things on the strawberries and blueberries. Ultra-Suede is a life-saver for these tiny, tiny pieces. I also love the little bit of texture that it gives.
I was going to wait til I completely finished the fruit bowl before I started Ladies of the Sea, but I couldn’t help myself. Curiosity got the better of me. I just wanted to see what the colours would look like against the background. Dandy!
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Thanks, Gale, for the heads up!! Gale very kindly let me know that what I believed to be tomatoes are actually strawberries. Now that I think about it, I can’t remember the last time I saw tomatoes in a fruit basket! Onward and upward! I prepped the watermelon (pretty sure I nailed that one!) and the pineapple.
Next, I added a few pears and an apple.
Then, I filled in a few leaves.
Let me show you how I tackled those two-tone leaves. I love them because they are very effective! First, take a look at the pieces and determine which is the “bottom” piece and which is the “top” piece of the leaf. This photo is the “bottom” piece and it will be placed on the background first. Notice that the center is not prepped and how I angled the ends in toward the leaf.
The “top” piece is prepped all the way around the template.
So, now I place the “bottom” leaf on the background…
…and then the top.
This next area was particularly dicey, because there is so much green going on. I had to make sure that I used a variety of lights, mediums and darks, so that they did not all blend in together.
Next up! Some skinny stems…
…and some juicy strawberries. Spiffy!
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Piece by piece, I am filling the bowl with yummy fruit! First I added a pear, some grapes, an apple and what I believe is to be a tomato. Next I added some peaches (or apricots…your choice!) I absolutely love the fabric that the peaches are made from. It is one of those fabrics that go from light to dark across the width. These fabrics are perfect for shading flowers (or fruit!). Grab them when you see them!
I was a little worried that there was not enough contrast between the peaches and the pear, so I took the block to the window to see it in natural sunlight. I think its just fine. Bruin is still a little unsure.
Next, I added another leaf, a pear, another tomato, some stems and a few more grapes. Peachy!
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Now that I have finished Civil War Bride, I have some spare time on my hands. What will I do? Will I work on finishing some neglected UFO’s or start something totally brand new? Well…since I like to work on a number of projects at once, the answer is…both! I am going to work on finishing up Sue Garman’s “Friends of Baltimore” and I am going to start Sue Garman’s “Ladies of the Sea” tomorrow. I have been wanting to start this quilt for a while now. I showed the pattern to my son a couple of years ago and told him I would like to make it for him. He said “Sweet”. A couple of months ago, he actually asked me if I had started it yet. I said I hadn’t. Last week he asked me again if I had started it and I told him I was getting ready organizing my fabrics and I would start it soon. He said “Sweet. Make sure you make it long enough to cover me”.
(He is 6′ 5″.) I was torn between mortified and ecstatic. Mortified because he wants to use the quilt. Ecstatic because he wants to use the quilt!
I try to keep all of my unfinished projects organized in clear containers. That way, when I am ready to pick up where I left off, I know exactly where everything is. How is that for organized? This is “Friends of Baltimore”. I have just 2 blocks left, then I can start the borders. (Have you seen the borders? Yikes!)
So, the fern block is finished, but still needed a bath. You can read more about “Washing My Blocks” here.
While that block was soaking, I started the next block, the fruit bowl. First, I traced the pattern on to my background with a Clover water soluble marker. I used my light box to do all of my tracing.
I started with the base of the bowl. All I can think about is how nice it would be to go whale watching right about now!
Next, I added some circles.
Now I was ready to add some leaves. I have been thinking about leaves lately. Probably because we have been raking them up before the snow falls. Leaves come in more colours than just shades of green.
I have been keeping my eyes open for some really different leaf fabrics to add to my stash of applique fabrics. Check these out! I especially like the second one from the left and decided to use that one in this block.
Here it is….
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It was a busy weekend, but I made sure I took the time to add the final border to my Civil War Bride Quilt. Voila!! Of course, I am very excited to have finished this rather ambitious quilt. Also, a little sad to see the entire process come to an end. Looking back on my blog posts, I see I started stitching this quilt on July 1, 2012, and finished stitching it on Nov. 11, 2013. Time really does fly!!
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