The Sun is Shining!

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”.

DSCN4915

DSCN4917

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!!DSCN4918

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.DSCN4919

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!

DSCN4924

Til next time…

Kerry

Advertisements

Strawberries…who knew?!

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.

watermelon 1

Next, I added a few pears and an apple.

pears and apples 2

Then, I filled in a few leaves.

fill in leaves 3

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.

leaf 1

The “top” piece is prepped all the way around the template.

leaf 2

So, now I place the “bottom”  leaf on the background…

leaf 3

…and then the top.

leaf 4

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.

DSCN4902

Next up!  Some skinny stems…

DSCN4909

…and some juicy strawberries.  Spiffy!

DSCN4910

Til next time….

Kerry

Filling the Fruit Bowl

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!DSCN4867

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.

DSCN4873

Next, I added another leaf, a pear, another tomato, some stems and a few more grapes.  Peachy!

DSCN4886

DSCN4885

Til next time…

Kerry

OK…where was I?

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!)

DSCN4857

So, the fern block is finished, but still needed a bath.  You can read more about “Washing My Blocks”   here.

DSCN4828

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.

DSCN4831

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!

DSCN4834

DSCN4835

Next, I added some circles.

DSCN4839

DSCN4840

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.

DSCN4413

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.

DSCN4853

Here it is….DSCN4848

DSCN4842

Til next time…

Kerry

Finished!!

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!!

DSCN4820

DSCN4824

DSCN4825

DSCN4822

Til next time…

Kerry

Points….and a new label for an old quilt!

Have you ever wondered how I tackle those pesky points that stick out of my prepped pieces?  Well, go make a cup of tea or coffee because there are lots (I mean lots!) of photos.  Hopefully you can stay awake!  Oh!  Before, I forget, almost all of the products I use are available for purchase on my website!

I am going to start right at the beginning.  I use two layers of freezer paper to make my templates.  I iron the template on to the wrong side of the fabric and cut the template out, leaving 1/4″ seam allowance.  Next, I use starch and a paintbrush to apply starch to the seam allowance.

1

Then I use my Petite Press Mini Iron and my Stiletto and press the seam allowance over  the freezer paper.  Once the whole shape is prepped, I pop the freezer paper out.

2

5

5a

These are the pesky points I am talking about!

6

Next, I use just a few dots of Roxanne’s Glue and place the prepped piece on the background that I have marked with a Clover Water Soluble Marker.  Sometimes, I place all the pieces on the background and then start stitching.  Other times I just place a few and stitch.  If it is a really complicated design with lots of layered pieces, I just do a few at a time.

7

I thread my applique needle with matching thread.  I use 60 weight Mettler thread.  It is the one with the green lettering on the spool.

8

Still awake? Good!   Ok, next I scrunch the background in my left hand and start stitching.  The very first stitch I take is in the very tip of the point.  Notice the pesky point is at the bottom, and I am stitching on top of the piece.

12

I start stitching, from right to left, until I get to the other point.  I take my last stitch in the very tip of that point.

13

So now we are going to trim that point a little.  I hold my scissors parallel to the folded edge and trim off just a tiny bit.  Keep your thread out of the way!

14

15

Then I turn the angle of my scissors and trim off that other little point.  The tip of the scissors should be underneath the piece.

16

It should look something like this!

17

Next, I take my Perfect Scissors and tuck the trimmed point under the piece.  These scissors work perfectly for this because they are blunt at the end.

18

So, I just continue on my merry way, until I get to the point at the other end.

19

I trim the point and tuck the point under in the same way as before.

23

Finally, I just stitch to the end.  Voila!

DSCN4801

Today is my daughters 27th birthday.  Yikes!  Where did the time go?  I made this quilt for her and gave it to her on her 10th birthday.  The inspiration for the appliqued circles on the border came from the opening credits of my favorite TV show, “3rd Rock from the Sun”!

a

For some reason, I still have the quilt, but I think it’s time to give it back to her.   I noticed the writing on the old label has faded over time.

c

So, I had a new label made for the back of the quilt. Happy Birthday, Kelly!

DSCN4811

Til next time…

Kerry

Prepare to be Dazzled!

Last Sunday, our Sunday Afternoon Applique Group met (and once again!) Lynn dazzled and inspired us with her Aunt Millie’s Garden.  Ruth Quinn from Stitching Impressions did an awesome job of machine quilting this masterpiece.  You can see more of Lynn’s quilt here. Take a look!

download

I have been hand-quilting “Circle of Tulips” in my frame and beginning to get the hang of it.  I am using two different stencils for the wreaths.

DSCN4733

I am using the smaller stencil in the centre of the wreath of tulips……

DSCN4732

..and the larger stencil where the secondary design magically appears.

DSCN4731

Don’t know if you noticed, but I tilted the larger stencil on a 45 degree angle.  I did this so I would not have to stitch parallel to the seam lines.  So far I am liking it!

DSCN4730

This is the stencil I have chosen for the outer border.  I have my heart set on this quilt having a scalloped border.  I may have to do a little bit of math to get the stencil to work out.  I will worry about that when the time comes!

DSCN4734

I love when stuff like this happens.  Makes me feel really humble!  I was stitching along and noticed the bias strip look a little….well…..weird.  I glued it in the right place, just upside down!  Oops!

DSCN4725

Once I stopped giggling, I took it off…..

DSCN4726

flipped it over….and now we are good!!

DSCN4727

Til next time….

Kerry