Prepping and prepping…..

I have been spending most of my spare time prepping the second border of Sue Garman’s “Friends of Baltimore”.  I must admit, it is a little tedious, however, I am sticking with it!!   It isn’t long before this…


…and this…


….becomes this!  For those people who have asked how I prep my pieces, you can see more here.


Once the pieces are prepped, I use a dab of glue and attach them to the paper pattern.  I do this for a  few reasons…one is so I can make sure I prep all of the pieces and don’t forget any.  The second reason is so I do not lose any pieces (been there, done that!).  And I can preview my fabrics, which is especially useful when doing multi-couloured flowers.


Once I get a section prepped, I am eager to glue it to the background and then I stitch it in place.  I find it easier to break the process down into smaller chunks rather than to try to do the prepping all at once, then all of the stitching at once.  That is just the way I work!


Yes, I have been hexi-ing!  I have a special project in mind!


And finally, I am in the process of turning the last(!) corner of Circle of Tulips.  So exciting!


Speaking of excitement…my Civil War Bride Quilt received a ribbon at the Plowing Match Quilt Competition!  All quilts that received a ribbon will be exhibited in the Lifestyles Area at the 2014 Simcoe County International Plowing Match and Rural Expo September 16-20, 2014.  Sweet!


Til next time….




16 thoughts on “Prepping and prepping…..

  1. Congratulations on your Blue Ribbon Award!!!! You do such beautiful work, very motivating for me. And your tips are wonderful. They have helped me very much.
    Martha from Tellico Plains, TN

  2. Kudos for the Blue Ribbon Award. I’m glad you reviewed your prep routine, it is helpful for someone like me who never tried this method. I watched your tube video and need to ask if you can explain how you go about stitching the pieces once you have them glued down. Do you follow the number sequence, e.g. 1-6 or do you start with 6 and go backwards?
    Thank you for all your wonderful advice!

    • Hi Lily: Thanks or visiting my blog! I think I understand your question…so if I glue pieces in place and start with 1 then 2 then 3, I start stitching with 3 then 2 then 1. Hopefully this asnwers your question!

      • Congratulations on the ribbon. You are truly blessed with the wonderful way you use color. In reply to the question of the order you stitch, if 1 is overlapped by 2, then 3 is over 2 are you saying you begin with 3?

  3. Perfect sense. I have always done it by doing it 1,2,3 etc. What an eye opener!!! Can’t wait to try it on my next block. However, I often do it “off the block” if I can. Thanks so much. I’m learning a lot from you.

  4. I like how you show your process on your projects. I find it fascinating and inspiring. Congrats on your ribbon on the CWBQ!

  5. Congrats on your ribbon! And the border is looking sumptuous. Love that green. And your hexies are so carefree and light in color – love those, too. I invite you to link to Hexie Weekend (closes tonight midnight) What eye candy you share!

  6. Congrats on the ribbon! Very exciting for you! I agree that prepping can be tedious, and I don’t even do complicated work like you do! A very necessary evil.:)

  7. Excellent hand work you do Kerri, lovely quilting and just gorgeous applique! thanks for sharing congrats on your ribbon looking forward to seeing it in person at the plowing match

  8. Kerry, congratulations on your blue ribbon! After all the work you did, it’s well deserved. I love seeing how you work; how many layers of freezer paper do you use as your templates?

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