Just when I thought I was almost finished the first border of Sue Garman’s “Friends of Baltimore”, I realized I still had some circles to do and a bit of embroidery. A couple of years ago, I took a class from Pearl Pereira, and I learned this nifty way of making circles is that class.
First, I ironed 3 sheets of freezer paper together. Next, I used a 1/2″ punch used for scrapbooking.
I cut out out a bunch of perfectly shaped circles in no time! Then, I prepped them just like I would prep any other piece.
So, once I stitched all the circles in place, I embroidered the stems using 2 strands of embroidery floss. Sweet!
I finally worked up enough courage to do the inking on the goose. This is the block I worked on in Rita’s class at TESAA. One of the many skills that Rita teaches is how to ink fine details with a Micron pen and then smudge the lines with a Clover eraser pen. Here is a pic of the goose before inking…
Til next time….
Finally! I have finished hand-quilting all 12 blocks of Sue Garman’s “Bouquet For A New Day”.
Now I can start the border! I had my stencil picked out for the outer border and I was raring to go. I must admit, the half-square triangles had me a bit stumped. I know I could just quilt in the ditch, but I know myself well enough to know that boredom would quickly set in! So I decided on circles. Lots of circles!
The stencil I chose for the outer border did not fit the border exactly so here is what I did to make it fit. The stencil does have a nicely turned corner so I didn’t have to figure that out! First, I drew a line at the centre point of the border.
Next, I started tracing the stencil at the corner, and continued until I reached the centre mark.
Then, I flipped the stencil over and continued tracing.
And this is the nifty little design I ended up with at the centre of the border! Spiffy!
And guess what? When I got to the next corner, it fit perfectly!!
Til next time…