A New Hoop and Other Fun Stuff!

Earlier this year, I treated myself to a new quilt hoop.  I have always hand quilted using a hoop, and I thought it was time to graduate to the kind of hoop with a base that tucks under my legs, which leaves my hands free to quilt.  I love it!!  No more aching shoulders and neck, because the quilt is supported with the hoop and not my arms.

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Today, we discovered that my hoop also can be used as the perfect hiding spot.  “Gee..has anyone seen the cat?”

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“Here he is!”  Sneaky!

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Last year I taught a Beginner Applique Class to a great group of ladies.  They wanted to continue to improve their  skills, so I am teaching them how to make a Baltimore quilt.  Pretty ambitious, I know!  But I have faith in them!  Yesterday was our first day.  We will meet once a month and work on various blocks while learning new techniques.  These are the fabrics I will be using for my blocks.

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Here is first block.  It is a variation of the Rose of Sharon block.

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First I started with the buds.  The buds actually are made of two layers of fabrics.

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…and some more leaves and some bias stems.

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Next, it was time to stitch the flowers.  The flowers are also two layers, so I wanted to reduce the bulk before I stitched them onto the background.  First I prepped both layers.

Then I stitched the top layer onto the bottom layer.

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Next, I carefully trimmed the bottom layer of fabric away, cutting a 1/4″ away from the stitching.

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And finally, I added the flowers to the block.

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I am still working away on the third border of Sue Garman’s “Friends of Baltimore” quilt.  I have finished the right side of the vase and now I am working on the left side.

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Til next time…

Kerry