Sunday, 28 April 2013

Another Baltimore Album block and other updates

Baltimore Album block 22 is done - a bold and wonky block. I feel I have to announce this every time for those that quite like wonky - and an apology to those who don't!


Carolina Lily quilt update:
 In my last post I moaned about my difficulty with curving the half inch bias for the stems (ugly bunching happening - am not going there).
The back basting applique is working very well for me as an alternative. Here's how I've been doing it...hope it doesn't bore you silly but I love seeing how other people do things - and the more pictures the better.
Marking the back of block and pinning fabric underneath - sorry bit dark

Basting the applique fabric to block background - from the back

Needleturn applique as basting removed - on the front

Rest of applique pieces pinned ready to sew down too
I can't believe how quickly these centre blocks are coming together now (they are rather large at nearly 12 inches across) but that's fine - won't get bored.  

Am still going on the Star Bouquet quilt (version of Mary Leggett's)  - much smaller pieces there but it is growing!



A few new stars added
                   

24 comments:

  1. Great demonstration of the bias stem. I always have that bunchy look at the deep curves too. Good to know another method.:)

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  2. You would have to be happy with those curves....lovely work. Your star quilt is so good, amazing fussy cutting.

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  3. Thanks for the tutorial. Never been much of an appliqué girl but after Di's class and seeing how easy you both seem to make it look I might finish the piece I have started with Di.

    Great fussy cutting on your stars too.

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  4. love the fussy cutting on those stars.
    oh I love your BA block!!!!
    ok great tutorial I would just make a template of that shape I need and applique it that way
    I agree too much bending of bias strip to keep it smooth
    great tutorial, I haven't tried back basting yet, I know so many people love it.
    Kathie
    check out my latest project you may like it :)

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  5. I really appreciate your tips about your methods, thanks for such a great explanation. All your projects are looking wonderful as always! I'm particularly in love with your stars!!

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  6. The applique block does not look one bit wonky to me. Well done.

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  7. You have such lovely and interesting projects. I think your " wonky" applique block looks beautiful! I've never tried back basting. Your pictures were very interesting and your resulting stems are so smooth - I really should try it! I alway enjoy seeing your fussy cut stars :0)

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  8. I love the print block too. I would not of thought of english paper piecing, thanks for sharing.

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  9. I like the back basting method. It takes a little more time sometimes but it is so much more accurate and it works for little fiddly pieces that are too small to hold on to. Your brown background stars quilt is coming along beautifully.

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  10. Each project brings its own challenges. Thanks for sharing another option.

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  11. Your work is so beautiful. I lose patience with applique but perhaps if I followed your techniques I might be happier with the results. How gorgeous are those hexies!

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  12. so pretty, thanks for sharing how you tackled the bias stems, I love seeing how everyone else works too.

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  13. Hi Hilda! I love that applique technique because the block turns out perfectly every time! It's a little more work but well worth the effort. And I agree with you that it is helpful to see how others do things and it is fun to share. I love your little stars and am eager to see your progress on this one!

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  14. Hilda, It is great fun to see all the "in-progress" steps for your work and each development along the way on your lovely work! Thanks for the time spent in photographing and sharing! I think those Carolina Lilies are going to be wonderful. Good for you, finding what is the most effective way for you to create the block! I am crazy about those Baltimore blocks, too!!!
    Happy Quilting!

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  15. I love your "wonky" block! I just found you and look forward to reading backwards about some of your beautiful projects. I've always been curious about back-basting...

    In stitches,
    Teresa :o)

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  16. I've done a little back basting and I think it's a really good method. Now I have another post to refer back to when I want to do it again. Thanks! Love how the stars are coming along. I really should start sewing my hexagon flowers together instead of waiting until they are all done. ; c )

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  17. So many people are using the back basting method and I've never tried it!! You make it look so doable.
    Love your wonky block:) You are so funny!!

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  18. I had the same problem when I made my stems. I wish I had thought of your solution. I took the easy way out, I guess, and created a tuck to turn the corner. I worried about the bulk there, but once quilted and finished it turned out. But I do love that gentle curve, yours is going to be spectacular.

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  19. Found your blog via Cupcakes 'n Daisies. I could spend all day drooling over your beautiful quilts, but have to get busy here. Your work is just amazing! I am in awe!

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  20. Thanks for visiting my blog!!

    I love your "wonky" block!

    Greetings from Holland,..

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  21. Thanks for visiting my blog.
    Last weekend there was a bog exhibition in the Netherlands in Veldhoven, that's near Eindhoven.

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  22. Your lilies are getting exciting! So are the stars - lovely way of using fabrics! And of course I love your BA block!

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