Saturday, December 21, 2013

Just Takes 2 – The Benjamin Biggs Quilt


Honestly, I think someone needs to do an intervention over here.  Maybe Sharon from Grass Roots Quilting and I can get a group rate.

This is the new block of the month being offered by  Sentimental Stitches called Benjamin Biggs.  Now it’s not like I don’t have three new block of the month quilts starting this year but they were not free and who can pass up a beautiful free one.
It reminds me somewhat of Beyond the Cherry Trees from a couple of years ago which still isn’t quilted.  I may choose to do this one in something other than red and green not sure yet.
So if you are an appliqué  addict like me hop over to Sentimental Stitches and sign up.
Merry Christmas to you all.
Nancy

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Robert’s Floral Garden


Back in September I started prepping the blocks for Roberts Floral Garden.
I have had this pattern in my stash for several years.  In fact I bought it long before I ever thought I wanted to or could do hand appliqué.  So one day last September I decided to start working on the blocks.


  I had purchased the fabric Bread & Butter by Kaye England to make a different quilt and it’s been sitting on my table staring up at me for months when all of sudden I thought it might work for 
Floral Garden.

 So far I think it’s going pretty well.


I really enjoy prepping blocks for appliqué.  I think it’s a hang over from my child hood when I spent so may hours cutting out paper dolls.  It’s like putting together a puzzle and once the picture is made I am in no hurry to do the stitching.


Floral Garden has 13 blocks eleven are appliquéd and two are pieced.  Most of the appliqué blocks have some stem stitching.


 I have five more blocks to prep and I am just about out of the dark green fabric I have been using for the leaves.  It’s not from the Bread & Butter line.  What to do.  I doubt it’s still available since I have had it so long.


So I have come to a halt until I find some more green.
Happy Stitching,
Nancy

I am linking this post to Applique Tuesday on A Quilting Reader’s Garden.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Block 13 Alice Criswell


Block 13 Alice Criswell

This is a large block it is the centre medallion of the quit. The finished size is 24 inches and it brought me to a complete stop with this quilt.  I really can’t explain why I just didn’t want to do it.
 I finally got the pattern made and the piece prepped and glued to the background.  Then I put it up on the wall to take a photo and noticed I had left part of it undone.  
I knew 13 was unlucky.


This is a picture of Sharon’s block.  Isn’t it beautiful? You can see the four little horseshoe shapes I forgot to add.
I guess I will have to needle turn these -  aargh!
I can’t believe how far behind I am on this quilt and it’s all because of my procrastinating on this block.
Not too happily stitching,
Nancy

Friday, December 6, 2013

Calico Paradise


Last night I finished the last stitches on the center of my Calico Paradise quilt.  I am well pleased with how it has turned out. So bright and cheerful.


I changed the pattern a little to make mine more balanced.  I just couldn’t bring myself to make it as folksy as the original.  I guess it's that touch of OCD jumping out.


Just the small pink borders left to do.
  
When I first purchased this pattern from Dawn at Collector With A Needle I seriously thought I would never actually make it.  I just loved the picture on the pattern.  



But here  I am almost finished.  Just proves what a little stitching everyday can accomplish.
So keep stitching,
Nancy