That's ten 12 inch blocks done now, and time to lay them out for a 'play'. I won't stitch them together yet just in case I want to change something later .
This is the latest one finished - Block 10 - rather an unusual one I think...not quite sure what these four elements depict but I stitched it anyway! They look a bit like candle sticks but maybe they are a simplified stem and flower. I checked in Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Applique but there's nothing quite like it, though in outline it could resemble four fleur-de-lis. Any thoughts?
Civil War Bride - for my second block I jumped across to Block 11 (the numbering in the Threadbear pattern) .
Four block applique quilt: Last post I mentioned that I want to improve my hand quilting technique. I used to hand quilt by stitching forwards (I was taught 20 odd years ago and that was it) - and then got a lot of hand/ wrist pain. I am now teaching myself the rocking motion and quilting towards myself - and feel so lucky to have loads of YouTube video tutorials and blogs to study.
Anyway...I want to dive in with a smallish test quilting project. There is a pile of completed Baltimore Album blocks
which have been abandoned living in a cupboard here (you know how it is...not happy with the standard of my older work). But I thought I'd pick out four of the better ones and make a small wall quilt - instant hand quilting practice!
First trimming the blocks with my Karen Buckley adjustable square (love this tool) - and they really needed adjustment I can tell you.
Blocks sewn together:
Then I needle-turn appliqued a saw tooth border to finish it off (lucky I still had plenty of the red fabric left) :
Basting the layers together ready to hand quilt - it measures about 1 metre ( 39 inches) square:
And I'm off...quilting around all the applique pieces:
I'm pretty slow, the stitches are far from perfect, but am feeling more confident all the time, and loving it. One thing I wanted to avoid was holding up the layers with a hand hoop - used to give me such a wrist pain - but I don't want to invest in a floor stand or frame at this stage. So I bought a hands free 'sit-upon' rotating quilt hoop from Thimblelady - seemed a good start and reasonably economical. I'm finding it comfortable to use sitting on the lounge and the hands are pain free so far.
I've got a lot of applique going on as you can see above - and that doesn't include my secret sewing of Auntie Green. But there are more temptations out there. Have a look at Wendy's new free applique BOM - just lovely!
And what's going on here? ... In Sydney with my daughter and her fiance when she was admitted as a solicitor this month.
|some happy tomfoolery there...|
We celebrated after the ceremony with a champagne silver service High Tea in the Queen Victoria Building - such a treat.
There's been a touch of Summer in the weather. Too early for me (what happened to Spring?) but some things in the garden are loving it.