It's not football season so I'm not watching a lot of TV and that means that there's been precious little progress on the applique quilt so far this year.
We also have metered internet so we can't stream much. But last week was the cycle date on our internet and because our internet was down for 10 days earlier we had lots of data to use up. So we started binge watching a series on Amazon Prime.
I got 2 more blossoms done!
I have 4 blossoms on the first border done. One more and I'll be half finished with the first border. That means that I am now 9% done with the borders.Maybe I'll be able to do more on some upcoming trips but real progress won't happen until football season starts again in September.
I didn't get my quilt basted last night because I was having too much fun sewing at my friend's house.I took my applique project and got one more blossom stitched so now my borders are 4.5% complete!
Today and tomorrow are sewing days with Country School quilters. I will get the leftover blocks Rainbow blocks sewn together for a top for a lap quilt. Maybe tonight I will get the quilt basted and I'll fire up the kiln again.
because the border vines and blossoms are all glue basted!
I got these finished last night! There are no duplicate fabrics in the blocks in the center of the quilt and no duplicates in these 4 borders. The woman who made these had an incredible fabric collection. Once I clean up the cutting table this morning I will start making the dots for the centers. All those little solid square are the centers for each flower. I'm quite excited to have gotten this far and see wrapping up all the prep work this weekend.
But there are leftovers and you won't believe how many!
I have 10 embroidered blocks that might go into a small quilt so that I can practice some quilting ideas. Or not.
There are still 30 basted flower blossoms, some partial blossoms and HUNDREDS of basted petals.
But that's still not all!
There are FIFTY FIVE basted blossoms in blue and not one duplicate fabric in the bunch. Amazing. What in the world was this lady planning with all of these?
But I can't think about these right now. The will be packed away for another time. I'm going to focus on the project at hand and hope that I don't leave it as a UFO for someone else some day.
Yesterday was dyeing day and usually I'm too tired to do much else after that. But I was listening to a good book and that was enough to keep me company in the sewing room for a few hours.
I got 3 half borders done! I know this looks silly. Why would you prepare half a border? Well,, my template is half a border and to do the other half I have to flip it over and realign everything. I decided it would be easier to do this half on all 3 border and then flip everything to do the other half.
I was right, it is easier.
Just in case you think I'm being uncharacteristically carefree about the blossom colors, fear not. I printed out a photo of the quilt top and have the border sides labeled. I use this photo as a guide to pick the blossom and center colors. I mostly want to avoid reds and yellows next to each other since they stand out the most.
I'm even picking the corner blossoms as I go. Although I might move this one to corner 4. I'll see when I have all of the borders glue basted.
Today a friend is coming over to help me with some veterans quilts and while she is quilting I might get to work on my wall. I have my idea for the last block.
Before I left for Birds of a Feather I got one if my borders prepped for applique.
This is pretty much how I left my cutting table.
The ironing table is not much better. I need to get the other 3 borders prepped so I can get this project out of the way and start something else. I figure it's going to take a couple of years to do all of the hand stitching but I want it all ready to go so I don't have to think about this project again until it's read to sew on the borders and applique the corners.
I started by getting the rest of the vines cut.
The Clover bias tape maker is a miraculous little tool and turned those strips into vines in no time.
I have a paper mock up of the half a border on my cutting table and I start by marking the center and bottom with basting lines. I drew the curved border with a pencil since that's a cutting line. I use this to position my applique pieces.
I have another mock up of the layout on fabric and I use that one to steam press my vines into shape. Once it's shaped I move it to the border and use the paper guide to position it.
Next I glue baste the vines with tiny dots of glue. The glue is watered down Elmer's Washable School Glue. My friend, Becky, turned me on to it. She says it works just as well as Roxanne's. I have to dilute mine a bit because my glue dispenser is extra fine. As soon as this one is empty I'll switch to the new one I got at Bird. After I glue bast the vines I glue on the petals and pick fabrics for the centers. You can see the current border that I'm working on in the top photo.
I'm also picking the corner blossoms and centers for those too.
Each border has 10 long vines, 2 short vines, 10 blossoms and 11 centers. Then there are 4 corner blossoms with 4 centers.
I have 1.5 borders glue basted. Once those are done I will clean up this mess and work on making the centers - 48 of them if I did the math right. I'd like to have all of this done by the end of the weekend but I'm not sure if that's going to happen. I'll try.
Meanwhile, this is all of the stitching that's done. That top curve smooth. It looks wonky because the way the fabric is laying. If I measure my completion by blossoms I'm 2% done with the borders.
Maybe I won't track progress that way.
But today is dyeing day, not applique day so I'll be in the basement if anyone is looking for me.
The blocks for this quilt have been spread out on the living room floor for over a month. Yesterday just before kickoff I got the last green border on it. I'm going to admire it in the wall for a few days and then I'll put it away until the last appliqued vine border is done....a long time from now.
Now I'm working on drafting the applique for the last border. I'd like to get one prepared so I can take it with me to Birds of Feather to work on during the slow periods and at night when I'm hanging out with my brother and SIL. I was lucky, the blossoms space out almost exactly the same as the inner border.
The only difference is that my center motif will face in a different direction than it does in the inner border. But there's no way to get around that without making the outer border look totally different. It's going to be fine and I'm excited to get started on it.
Yesterday I got the dreaded task of doing my year-end business accounting tasks and setting up 2017 so I rewarded myself with some sewing time. I have to spend most of my weekend getting everything ready for my Bird classes but I'm hoping to get the center of this quilt put together so that I can work on the applique borders when I get back. Last night I got the green border added to the medallion and started putting one quadrant of rows together. I need to cut the setting triangles next and that didn't seem to be a smart thing to do at 11:00. So I went to bed.
Today is mammogram day. yippee. Then I can come back and work on this a bit or do some quilting on a veterans quilt. So many options of things to play with!
Thanks to a killer cold I'm actually not getting much done today. Mom is here and we loaded her quilt this morning and she's quilting away in the playroom. Meanwhile, I'm playing a little on the living room floor.
Seriously, I wasn't sure this day would come! The applique on the center is done and I'm ready to start piecing the rest of the blocks. I have 10 extra blocks so I'll play with this for a couple of days to make sure I'm happy with it and that I have all of my favorite blocks included and then start putting it all together.
I didn't expect to be this far along. If I focus I can probably have the outer borders ready to start appliqueing by the Super Bowl!
My applique project took a back seat since Thanskgiving while I addressed postcards and did my Christmas decorating. I'm done with Christmas preps now even though my tree will not light. For a while we could get light for 10 minutes but it's totally dead now. After Christmas I'll take it down and return it to the store....they've already agreed to take it back even though I bought it last year.
Meanwhile, I'm saving electricity and am back to my applique.
Remember that this is the center of the quilt and it will be on point. I have 3 of 4 corners done! I'll start the 4th corner tonight and plan to finish it Thrusday night. I hope to start sewing the rest of the blocks to the center the week after Christmas.
This is the Cowboys Bucs block that I finished last night.
This is the block that I'll start tonight. As I look at this photo I think I need to make another orange circle tonight. This one is way too lumpy.
I thought I'd get more done on this last week than I did but I think I took the word "vacation" literally last week and I really mostly relaxed.
Before I left for the river I got the 4 corners basted in place so I was ready to stitch.....when the mood struck.
As you look at this remember that this is the center and it will be on point. Once I get the 4 corners done I'll be able to add the rest of the blocks.
I finished one corner...
...and started another. Maybe I'll make more progress this coming weekend.
I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.
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