Focused and Organized

After a week of procrastinating, I have finally started the first border of Sue Garman’s “Friends of Baltimore” on Saturday.  I traced the whole pattern onto my background, which did not take nearly as long as I anticipated.  I like to use a Clover water-soluble marker when I trace my backgrounds.  The markers come in two sizes…thick tip and thin tip.  I always use the thick tip.  The line is thicker (of course!) and much easier to see!


Next, I made a whole pile of leaves.  Lots and lots of leaves.  The leaves get stitched in place first, and then the bias stem is placed on top of the leaves, so I need to make all of the leaves first .  I am trying my darndest to stay focused and organized all at the same time.



As you can see, each leaf has it’s own number.  And they are actually backwards because when I print my patterns onto the freezer paper, I reverse the pattern.  So…I take each leaf and match it up with the corresponding leaf on the paper pattern.  A little time consuming, so when I have enough leaves to complete a vine, I yell “Bingo!”  It helps to pass the time.


Once the first set of leaves was complete, I  started working on the center vase.  First, I did the cute little curly-cues.  And then the rest of the vase.



Annabelle is coming along quite nicely.  The hexies are mighty small and I am fussy cutting the fabric, so it is taking a bit of time!  I love how the hexies gives just a burst of something a little different!


Til next time….



Just Play!

I love starting a new quilt!  I really have no business starting something  new, when I should be starting the last (yipee!) block of  Friends of Baltimore, but it’s what I do!  The more quilts I have one the go, the happier I am.  I believe that a body in motion stays in motion and creativity breeds creativity!  So, this is what I did today….I played!

This quilt is called Annabelle.  It is based on a quilt made by Ann Daggs in New York and dated 1818.   This is my focus fabric.  I think of choosing fabrics for a quilt like choosing actors for a movie.  Only one fabric (or actor) can play the leading role.


And, no movie is complete without a supporting cast!


So, once I chose most of my fabrics, I started cutting, prepping and audtioning.  At this stage, I just lay everything out on the paper pattern and play!


Once I “say yes to the dress”, I start to glue pieces onto the background.


I like to give myself lots of options.  I have chosen 3 different fabrics for the leaves.  I love them all!




Til next time…