I did work a bit on my latest red & green applique block last Sunday, but then it dawned on me that I had more orange peels to applique for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge this month. About 2 weeks ago, my hands were really bothering me, between applique and trimming bushes outside. I thought to start to machine-applique the peels and save the hand work for flowers and stems and those sort of projects. I did two peels that way…with an overcast stitch…my first at machine applique.
Then I forgot all about it until a few days ago…I had six more peels to prep and sew, and I returned to hand applique for them.
I also finally got to the HST blocks…so there are 3 HST’s and 2 orange peel blocks to round out the rest of my September brown blocks for the RSC15 Challenge. I think the colors are a bit off on them….I might have had the flash on by mistake. As to the red & green, here’s where I am so far…I need to pick some more cherries….or maybe I can use crabapples from my tree :)
The red & green applique is a Benjamin Biggs quilt block and there are little rosebuds to go in each corner yet. I joined the Take 2 / Benjamin Biggs project and did the first three blocks and then quilted them into a table runner. Periodically I’d remember to download the latest ones at the beginning of each month, so I have a few to use in this quilt.
As to Slow Stitching on Sunday, I won’t be doing any applique. The next Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album quilt block will be announced, and there will be a bit of prep work to do, and since most of the blocks have a lot of leaves, that might take awhile. However I will be doing some hand quilting….I am a little burnt out on applique so focusing on the quilt will be just the right thing to do.
I quilted motifs down the centers, and then I marked a 2 inch crosshatch on one of the four large blocks. I may do a closer crosshatch down the line but I decided to start with the 2 inch because between that and outlining the applique and much of the applique needing quilting itself, such as this basket, I did not want to get confused. The blocks are quite big…2 inch might just be enough…
Certainly still in a Work In Progress stage here :)
Ready to move the hoop again…