I got my Indonesian Batik trees fused last night so I'm ready to start quilting. I cut tons of circles in 5 different sizes. I also decided to cut out the tree trunks instead of painting them. Why did I choose an applique tree over a stenciled tree? It was cold in the basement and I didn't want to go down there to play with paint. I could cut out tree trunks from the comfort of my recliner while watching a football game. That's it, that's how I made that design decision.
So these photos show how I built the tree starting with the biggest circles to the smallest. Hopefully I'll get to start quilting this evening.
I'll look at them again today before I load them on the longarm to see if I need to add more to any of them. I'm determined to do some fast quilting on these.
The great thing about having a lot of projects going is that you can usually work on something no matter your mood. My mood the past week has been pretty darned lazy.
I had a long to-do list this weekend which really meany Sunday because I was gone all day Saturday. We didn't get home from the game in Blacksburg (that we lost) until after midnight so I was lethargic yesterday. It was a perfect day to sit in the recliner (after exercising in the morning), watch football and stitch. By the end of the Patriots-Packers game last night I had finished the last of this set of flowers.
The little bright centers really make a huge difference. I didn't like that block in the lower left corner until I added the center. Now it's perfectly cute, just like all the others.
Here are the 20 that are done already. I really love the effect of the alternating pink and yellow blocks. Given my total disdain of all things pink, this is a miracle. I have 38 blocks left to make so I don't have to even think about setting and quilting for at least a year.
In between this rabbit hole of the cat postcards, there have been some football games so I've been steadily making progress on my applique blocks. I seem to have a routine where I alternate 4 flower blocks and 4 moon blocks. That seems to keep both projects moving along and keeps the boredom down. Last night while watching my Hokies choke, I finished the 4th of the latest Loony Moony blocks.
It will be a long time before I get bored with this project.
This is my favorite fabric of this group. I just love how the gray-blue weaves across the middle of the moon. If you want to do a moon project yourself, I've added tons of new Shibori fabrics in the shop, including a Stash Pack of fat eighths.
I just had to lay out the blocks that I've finished so far. This is about a third of the total number of blocks that I have prepared.
Footballs season this year is only going OK for my teams so far but as it's also applique season, that part is going great!
Here are the 4 most recent flowers that I finished. Look at the 2 on the right. Didn't the lady who made these do a great job of fussy cutting petals? I hope she is happy somewhere that I'm doing something with all of her love petals.They sure do make me happy when I'm stitching them.
Tonight is another session of applique and I've switched over to moons for a bit. I hope I'll have another update soon.
Yay, it's Country School sewing weekend! Today and tomorrow I'll be sewing with my friends and working on my Indonesian Batik quilt. I might even have the top together by Monday.
I also hope to get my Antelope Canyon quilt loaded and basted and read for some easy overall quilting.
Meanwhile, I've made more Loony Moony blocks! These are so much fun to stitch.
My cold is clearing up and I plan to have a fun weekend. I hope you have a great weekend too!
I'm still rolling my eyes at myself for starting TWO hand applique projects. Part of me wonders what I was thinking. But the other part of me is happy to have some variety. I tend to do 2 or 3 vintage flowers and then switch and do 2 or 3 moons. Here's where I am on the moons.
Here are the 4 most recent ones.
I finally have enough of them done that you can get an idea of how they will looks with a gradient background effect.
I'm in love! Lots more to do.
It's football season so you know that I'm spending more time in front of the TV so my handwork projects might see some significant progress. I had 2 of these done before vacation, finished one on vacation and finished the other during football Sunday night.
I have 12 blocks finished so far. Look at all that quilting space that I'm going to have in this quilt.
But I'm no where near quilting time on this one.
Just like with the moons, I work on the flowers in groups of 4. I've been able to do a little stitching almost every evening and these are the 4 newest blocks.
Without sashing I'm going to have some good space for quilting whenever these get done. I think this is 8 out of about 52 total blocks.
As I mentioned yesterday my stitching time these days is mostly limited to an hour or so in the evenings while we watch TV. My two new hand stitching projects have been great to have around. I usually alternate between them: a flower block, a moon block, flower block, moon block......
For June I have 4 flower blocks to show for my efforts. I didn't want to prepare any other blocks until I saw how these would look with the 2 background colors and blue thread. I'm really pleased! I plan to piece then in checkerboard fashion like this. Quilting will make it even more subtle and it looks like I'll actually have some quilting space on this quilt.
Here's a close up of the stitching. I love the blue floss and I think the red, yellow and green are going to work fine for the centers too.
This week my goal is to get the rest of the blocks fused (with Mistyfuse) to the backgrounds.
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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