Saturday, October 31, 2015

Old Voices New Impressions


I haven’t posted an update on my Old Voices New Impressions blocks since July and I am not really sure how many blocks we are supposed to have stitched so I thought I would just post pictures of the ones I have so far.
The blocks stitch up quickly since I have them already prepped .





I  never really cared much for birds in applique until I stitched these but they are so cute who wouldn’t like them.



I am happy with my decision to use batiks for this quilt.  The blocks are turning out so bright and cheery.


All my blocks so far.



Until the next time,
Nancy

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Virginia Quilt Museum's Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album Quilt

It's the 15th of October and time to post my first blocks for the Virginia Quilt Museum's Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album Quilt Sew Along.



This month we were to stitch the Pineapple block.
I am making the 16 inch block because most of my fabrics have large prints and will show better on larger applique pieces.





There are three pineapple blocks in the quilt.  I have chosen to make my quilt using Kaffe Fassett fabrics since I have a nice collection of them.
My background is a Moda Bella soft butter color.
I still haven't decided if I will ink the names of the blocks on my background.

 




 As far as what technique I will use well, I am a starch and turn girl so I will stick with this method.
There are so many different ways to do appliqué and we must pick the one that works the best for us.
In my opinion there is no right or wrong way just what works for you.


























We have two very talented ladies leading this Sew Along :

Dawn from Collector with a Needle http://collectorwithaneedle.blogspot.com
Doreen from Aunt Reen's Place  http://auntreensplace.blogspot.com

The sales from this lovely pattern are to  benefit the VA Quilt Museum  http://svbotanicalquilt.blogspot.com

There is also a Facebook group you can follow  https://www.facebook.com/shenvalleybotanicalquiltsewalong

It's never too late to join the fun.
Nancy


Friday, October 9, 2015

Log Cabin First




A few months back I sewed a bunch of wonky log cabin blocks to make this quilt.  Not being sure what to do for borders I asked here and got several good suggestions one of which was to add a white border.  So I did, but it still looked like it needed something more so I fused a bunch of free form flowers and leaves here and there.


Not wanting to take the time or effort it would involve to zig zag around them on my sewing machine I decided to just finish the edges with my long arm while I was doing the quilting.


After all the other quilting was finished I went back and sewed the edges of the flowers until I thought they were secure.


I wasn't sure how this would turn out so I washed the quilt a couple of times.  Nothing fell off  and there is only a little fraying around the flowers.


Now don’t look too closely at those feathers because this was my real first attempt at stitching  so many and they are far from perfect. I also needed to stitch them out into the border someway.  Funny how you don’t notice  things until you take a photograph .
I am linking up with A Quilting Readers Garden Wips -be- Gone 
Until the next time,
Nancy