In between plugging along on the ornament I'm also plugging along on the applique.
My last update was a couple of weeks ago and I've surprised myself with the progress I've made since then. I'm on the second border and each has 10 blossoms. I start in the middle. After the last update I finished the last blossom on one side.
Then back to the center to start the other side with this red one.
Then two more!
Only 2 more left to do on this border.
There are 10 on each border and one larger blossom for each corner once I sew the borders on the quilt. I've finished 18 so I'm 40% done!
I think it's been over a month since I stitched on this but football season started this past weekend and that's my excuse to sit and stitch for hours. The are the 2 most recent blossoms completed.
I start in the middle and work my way to each end. I only have one more blossom to do on this half and then I'll start back on the other side. I've completed 15 of 44 blossoms so my borders are 34% complete. That actually sounds pretty impressive.
I'm just checking in for a quick post today to share an applique update. I've gotten started on the second border. I like to start them in the center so I can get that center dot in place. I've got a special fondness for the center dot for some reason. But that's not the headline.
The headline is that I'm 27% done! I'm over 1/4 done with the borders! I think that if football season is good that I might get all 4 borders stitched before the Super Bowl.
Tomorrow I finally have a finish to share!
Thanks to some extra internet data from our ISP, Chris and I have been watching a bit of Netflix the past couple of months so I haven't had to wait for football season to make progress on the applique borders. Thanks to some Longmire episodes last week I finished the first border for my applique quilt!
Each border has 10 blossoms and once the borders are done there will be 4 corner blossoms to do. Here are the last 2 blossoms. I'm now 22% done with the borders!
Here are a few more of the blossoms from this border. I have the second border out and ready to start on this week, hopefully.
After I posted my UFO update yesterday I realized that I had not given an applique update in a while and I've actually made a bit of progress on this. We've been watching a few series on Amazon Prime so I've had a bit of hand sewing time.
I started in the middle and am working my way to each end. I think the last update included the red blossom. The Gold and blue ones finished out half of the first border!
After I finished that side I came back to the center, stitched the peach floral blossom and added the center dot.
Now I have 6 of 44 blossoms of the border done and that means I'm 13.6% done. I've made it into double digits!
It might be time for a celebration drink!
I even have the vine for the next blossom done so I'm moving right along.
This is how I fold up the border on each side of the blossom that I'm stitching. It helps to keep the long border under control. Don't look too closely at my stitching on the back. My only concern is that I don't have any loose ends showing under the white.
I'm getting so close to finishing the first border that I have some extra motivation....once I get over the cold that my dearest husband gave me.
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.
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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