In my last post, I showed you how I made the roses in The Rose Kaleidoscope. In this post I will show you how I made the skinny stems. First, I traced the block onto the background with a Clover Water Soluble Marker. I constructed the roses “off-block” which means I put the roses together on a sheet of freezer paper (shiny side up). For that reason, I did not trace any of the inside detail of the roses, just the outside edge.
Next, I prepped all of my stem pieces and the thorns. Normally, I use a 1/4″ bias maker for my stems, but these stems are a little skinnier.
Once I have prepped the pieces, I removed all of the freezer paper. This is a question I am frequently asked…Yes, I remove all freezer paper before I glue the piece onto the background.
The first pieces on the background never look that exciting. But keep watching!
I just realized I didn’t take any pictures of how I prepped the leaves. But there they are!
Now I am ready to place the roses onto the background. I haven’t stitched the leaves or stems in place yet. I might go and do that now before I place the roses. I’ll keep you posted:) This pattern is available on my website. It is one of the blocks in “To Everything There Is A Season”. You can purchase the complete paper pattern set, or each pattern individually. I am going to be stitching each block again and I’ll keep you updated on my progress.
I have been merrily stitching away (on my machine!). I started out just making a few of these Monkey Wrench blocks and I got a little addicted! Now I am putting my sections together. I made 81 blocks, so I made 9 sections of 9 blocks. I tried very hard to arrange the fabrics so that like fabrics didn’t end up together. I numbered each piece so I wouldn’t get confused…that is an important step!
I prefer to put quilts like this together in sections, rather than rows. It just seems like less work! I have yet to figure out a border for this quilt and I must confess, it is keeping me up at night. I am thinking swags (as usual)!
The orange cornerstone fabric is the same fabric I used for the flange on my granddaughters hexie quilt. Funny how a piece of fabric can take you back in time:)
Speaking of hexies, I am still hand-quilting my hexie quilt. The cooler nights lend themselves to being wrapped up in a quilt. Speaking of weather, my thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who is experiencing extreme weather conditions.
Til next time….