Saturday, January 29, 2011

Two More Lollypop's

I finally got back to working on my Lollypop Trees after the holidays.  I think this is the easiest applique'  I have ever done.  All the pieces are large and have gentle curves and large points.  Great quilt for  someone new to applique'. 
I have four of the large blocks left to do and then all the small one's.  This has been a fun quilt.

I also am working on the Beyond the Cherry Trees quilt and am finding it much more difficult after being spoiled by this one.  The pieces are much smaller and it takes a lot more time.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Beyond the Cherry Trees!

I believe the hardest part of any project is just starting. 
I finally got around to starting my Cherry Tree Quilt. It's called Beyond the Cherry Trees  by Sentimental Stitches.  
I have been collecting the patterns since the very beginning and really love this quilt.

I spent way too  much time trying to decide on a background fabric and then the other day I found this white fabric in my stash.  I bought it on clearance a few years back because it had a few spots on it.  I had so much of it I was able to cut around the spots----but 
once I started stitching on this background I didn't like it because it had too many little white leaves on top of the fabric and since this is a large quilt I decided to change.
I ordered some Kona cotton and really like it a lot better.

This is the first block.

There is also a Beyond the Cherry Tree blog where you can see all the great work everyone is doing on this quilt.
Looking back I am glad I did not check out the individual blocks too closely before starting.  I mostly just looked at the whole quilt and really liked it.  I think some of these blocks are going to prove to be a little difficult for me......I don't mind circles and there are lots of circles.....but all those little fingers and tiny outer curves in some of the blocks are going to prove to be a problem and I see lots of them.
Do any of you have any tips?

Friday, January 14, 2011

Florabunda Final Three

At last I have finished the final three blocks of the Florabunda Quilt.  There is still a large center block to do but I am putting it aside for the moment to work on other projects.
Erin at One Piece at a Time is starting another BOM.  If you like applique you should check it out.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Quilt Woes

I previously posted about this quilt and it's problems a while back.
Well, this is a sad enough by itself but the real problem is I just remembered I made my Liberated Amish quilt from the same black fabric.

I believe this fabric might have been from the 80s.  I had a whole bolt of it. Needless to say the rest of the bolt went in the trash.
One thing for sure I will  give black fabric a real good test before I use any of it again.
I think I will see if I can quilt NO WORDS and just use it as a wall hanging once in a while.  With a big label on the back to never ever wash it.
I wouldn't bother but this is the first Challenge I ever entered and my first Liberated Quilt.  I hate to lose it.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Bah Humbug!

I joined in on the fun over at UnRuly QuiltingA group blog for working on UnRuly Quilting projects and most especially UnRuly Letters started by Tonya Ricucci .  
She posted a challenge to make the letters Bah Humbug.  They will be for a Christmas quilt she is going to put together.
Well, I gave it a go.  I am not too sure about all this black.  
I was very limited on bug fabric but was able to  find a couple of  5" squares with ladybugs I could use. 
I wish someone would tell me why you don't see mistakes while you are sewing --  only when you step back and take a picture.
My last two letters are from the same fabric.  Did not really want to do that.
I love all the creative letters some of the girls are making.  Haven't figured out how to do those yet.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Happy New Year!

I received this from someone and laughed so much I just had to pass it on.

                            IT'S BEEN A ROUGH YEAR, BUT I MADE IT!

Wishing You and Yours a healthy and happy 2011!