What is this latest sewing project that I have just walked over, hoping to shed a few hairs on to it as well?
Well, I will get to that in a bit.
Around late spring or early summer I had pieced some half triangles.
Perhaps I’d do an hour glass quilt with them.
Then, thinking how I get bored easily, I was considering doing a row-along instead.
My inspiration was the little display left for me by some recent munchkins that were here…they left some of their toys in a neat little row on the piano. Since a row-along is a variation of a sampler quilt, and I enjoyed the three samplers that I made thus far, ( Over the course of about 20 years! :) I thought that it might be more suited to my limited attention span in the end than a quilt made of just one pattern.
( I see that the Tin Man and the Lion are missing…I will have to find them or Dorothy will get lonely )
I considered this for a few days but in the end, I think that I shall make a table runner for the sideboard with these blocks.
But as to the latest project that you just walked on, I used one of the same fabrics to start an applique project. I used it for the basket.
I came across an applique quilt over at Supergoof Quilts. At some point she mentioned that the pattern is by Susan Smith. After shopping around, it appeared that I would need to order the pattern and have it shipped from Australia, & it would be close to 50.00. I’d not make the entire pattern, anyway, it is too labor-intensive and extensive for me. ( see HERE ) I printed out a picture of the middle portion and thought that I would attempt to do a variation of that, and that alone will be quite a challenge for me! :)
Ingrid at Supergoof is a master ….if you are not familiar with her blog ( I was not ) and visit there and look around, you will be amazed at the quilts she has completed. The Google Translate Dutch to English leaves much to be desired, but I did manage to understand that she uses a fabric glue pen to prepare some of her applique pieces. I have only done basting or freezer paper + ironing applique prior to this so I thought to try the glue pen. The brand that she recommended was not available in my local JoAnn Fabrics but I purchased the Fons & Porter one and it worked just fine.
If you have never done applique before, for this basket I drew the shape as best I could. I pinned it to the fabric and cut the fabric out 1/4 inch or so larger around the paper. Then I glue basted the fabric to the paper, which was much less tedious than the aforementioned methods. Once the applique was hand sewn onto the background fabric, I cut away in the back and pulled out the paper.
I bought one yard of white Kona background fabric and that glue pen. I have enough fabrics in my ‘stash’ for flowers and leaves. I am referencing a black and white printout of the middle of that quilt for placement.
I have quilt magazines that I have purchased over the years with templates for flowers and leaves and such and I’ll probably use some of them as well as freehand draw. I have never made those little circles before…there will be a good deal of learning curve in this for me. Yet it should be fun to have a garden to work on during the winter months. I will most likely make many mistakes ( as always ) but I shall learn from them along the way :)
I am still plugging away on hand quilting the nine patch couch quilt for my son’s gift. Another block almost finished…
The quilt feels nice at this point…while yet still unfinished it feels like a comfortable soft quilt that one would like to take a nap under. I love working with the cotton batting. ( Warm and Natural )
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