To me, applique is about the journey, not about the destination. With the kind of applique I do, there are 2 parts to the journey. First, there is the prep work, which consists of ironing the seam allowance over a freezer paper template. You can see how I prep my pieces in this blog post. If I had my way, I would prep all day long…literally! I think it has something to do with “instant gratification”. When I prep, I can see the design coming alive before my very eyes. Very rewarding!
The second part of the applique journey is the stitching, which is my least favourite part. I must confess, I find it terribly boring, so thank goodness for audio books!
So, my usual way of working is to prep a bit, then stitch a bit, just to keep the momentum going. But, I didn’t do that when I started working on the left side of the third border on Sue Garman’s “Friends of Baltimore”. I prepped the entire left side without stopping to stitch anything in place. Remind me never to do that again!
After a weekend marathon of stitching (and listining to “The Deep Blue Good-by, written by John D. MacDonald) I am almost finished stitching the border. I just need to add the red berries, just like I did on the right hand side.
Also, I am almost finished hand-quilting my Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt. Sweet!
Of course, I had a bit of time to start a new-ish project! This is the beginning of the centre medallion of my block-of-the -month “To Everything There Is A Season”. So far, so good! (Note to Self….stitch everything in place before you prep one more piece!)
Til next time…
4 thoughts on “Almost Finished is Good!”
I have to know how you did your baptist fan. I am new to hand quilting and have always liked that pattern. Love your applique
I love John D. McDonald’s books and your stitching!
What a gorgeous border! I smiled when you mentioned that you find the stitching boring :0) I’m the opposite – I hate the prep and can’t wait until I can sit down and happily stitch. Exciting to be close with your handquilting!
I like both steps, but my problem is life gets in the way. However, I know there will be time up ahead where I’ll be able to prep and stitch to my heart’s content. Love your projects.