Back to the border…

Once I had the second border of Sue Garman’s “Friend’s of Baltimore” traced, I was raring to go!  (I really don’t like tracing, so I will put it off as long as possible.)

When I am filling a vase with flowers, I like to prep the pieces and place them onto my paper pattern before I glue them to the bacground fabric.  That way I can tweek anything that looks out of place.


First, I added a few stems and buds.  But then I realized, I couldn’t go much further until the vase was in place.  (A few of the flowers and leaves overlapped the vase.)


So I started to build the vase.  The edges of this piece will be totally covered by more pieces…keep watching!


Then I added the base.


Next came the second layer of the vase.



…and finally, the very last piece of the vase!


Well, except for all those circles!  Sweet!


Some of you have asked me if the patterns for “To Everything There Is A Season” are available for download only or can I mail them out.  Yes, I can mail you a paper pattern instead of emailing you a link.  I have added this option to my website.  The cost is $10.00 and includes a color picture of the block and shipping anywhere in Canada or the U.S.  To have the patterns shipped to other countries, please contact me.

Til next time…



6 thoughts on “Back to the border…

  1. Oh my …. I love the colors you have choose for that vase, its so beautiful !!
    I always did needleturn applique, but now I’m trying it the way you do.
    The only thing which gives me a bit of trouble is when i have pieces with deeper inside curves. Seems I can’t get that seam iron properly LOL

  2. Wow! I always love seeing what you are working on, and reading your thought process. Everything is always so precise and beautiful. Love the colours.

  3. You are an inspiration to me. Love your colors and especially your tips on putting things together. I have learned a lot from your web site. My only trouble is choosing fabrics for pieces. Any tips on which fabrics and colors to have in my stash for applique? Thank you for all your tips and sharing with us.
    Martha in Tellico Plains, TN

  4. Wow what a perfect vase fabric that gold scroll fabric is. Just beautiful. I need to remember to just build those beautiful Baltimore blocks one step at a time. Usually I save the flowers for last as my reward for getting all the stems and leaves done, but your method is nice to make sure the overall “look” of the block will be right. Great pictures of your process!

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