I’ve got not quite a quarter of the honeycomb blocks done for the background on Lorr’s quilt. In this picture I have only about half the finished fog on the wall.
It’s gone a bit slowly because I’ve been testing ironing seams this way, that way, pressed open . . . I think I’ve got what I want now. I’m happy, happy, happy.
The colors, the variety, the textures. Yup, I’m happy. If all goes as planned, this will be a stunning quilt.
Now that the picture is up, can you see what’s wrong? This is why pictures are so important! In the very center of the picture, see the blue sky showing through the leaves? Oops. Can’t see the sky through the trunk. I’ll have to replace that with a non-sky piece. It’s the little things . . .
I started a new project last night. I haven’t been able to appliqué for a couple years so I’m really excited about this.
I’ve wanted to try some new stuff. A friend supplied the material and will get the resulting coat. I’ve made tests of the coat pattern (A Little Something), made the necessary adjustments and I’m ready to go!
This is a three color coat. The left side of the jacket is purple batik. The right is green batik and the accent is ink navy. The sleeve bottom and coat bottom will be bordered in Oriental Dance blocks.
This bit of the project is all hand appliqué. The horse head pattern is on a piece of paper on the back. I sew the three layers together (paper, background and foreground) using a sewing machine and staying on the pattern lines. From the front I carefully cut the foreground material away and, as I unpick the stitching, I turn the edge under on the stitching line and appliqué the foreground down to the background being careful not to catching the paper in the stitching. This technique gives me accurate and flat appliqué. It always looks like the appliqué was just ironed flat. So far, so good! I think it’s looking awesome!
I’m not sure how it’s going to be quilted. I may give Karen the background and batting and have her pin the coat pieces to it and quilt them. So far I’ve got the pattern pieces cut extra big so there’s room around the outside to stitch it down to the backing before it’s mounted on the quilting machine. That might work. You can tell I’m still pondering this part.
I’ve got the majority of the body put together. I need to cut blocks to fill in the edges. I need to get baby quilt (non-flammable) rayon batting and some pretty pink and green or purple and green flannel for the back. I won’t add borders. This is supposed to be a drag around quilt as she gets older so there’s no point in getting fancy or “heirloomy”.
I’ve gotten a good start on the tree top for Lorr’s quilt. I think it’s going to be lovely. The quilt isn’t as complex as the sunset quilt so, when I have time to work on it, it’s going together pretty fast. I still need dark browns, charcoal/ink navy/midnight green fabric for the border and silvery pale blues for the background behind the tree.
This is going to be a simple yet striking quilt that Lorr and Patty should be able to use without fear of ruining something of heirloom quality.
I sorted fabric two days ago and started cutting the treetop yesterday. I mumbled something to Wadly about scaffolding so I could walk back and forth while applying color to the top of my design wall. I think he’s a bit aghast at the concept of having more construction like stuff in the house. I have a step stool to use for now . . . wholly inadequate but it’s what I’ve got.
Maybe I should give him a choice . . . 8 foot step ladder or scaffolding . . . <evil grin>
My next big quilt is going to be for my son and his SO. He and Patty both like fall colors, so I’m doing a tree in glorious fall oranges and reds using the watercolor technique I used for the sunset.
This time I want to use a variety of blocks and not set them in columns and rows. I want the application of the color to be less organized so I’ll set some of the parts askew and join the blocks of like colors in a running bond pattern where I can.
I have designed four different types of the pinwheel blocks. One produces a triangular block which, when assembled produces six pointed nested pinwheels when the color is organized. The pinwheel element is the sharpest of the blocks and I’ll use this one as grass.
I have a blunt pinwheel block that I’ll use for the tree trunk and a rounded pinwheel I’ll use for the leaves.
I’ll use the square dance block (same as the sunset quilt) for the backgound.
I’m having trouble finding pale silvery blues for the background. I’ve got lots of yellow/orange/red/burgundy for the leaves and lots of green for the grass but I could use more dark grayish brownish for the tree trunk and more charcoal darks for the 8″ border.