Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wednesday July 27

Wow, it's Wednesday again.  Here are some pics from this week's work.  The center of Hearts Desire is finished, two of the borders are finished.  I have to spend some time today making some more of those tiny circles for the borders and cutting out a few more leaves.  I haven't worked on the border corners yet.  I didn't trust myself to do it Esther's way and assemble the border and then insert the  center blocks.  I will put my borders onto the quilt, then miter the corners and then do the flower pot appliques.
The tote bag was an afterthought, had some pretty fabrics in fat quarters and an embroidery design that I wanted to use.  Picture doesn't show the embroidery too well, it is a tiny cross stitch.
NY Beauty is still a WIP, I am really slow at free motion quilting, and do quite a bit of un-stitching when I am not happy with the result.
So, it is back to work for me.  My Designer SE doesn't usually like invisible thread, but she is behaving herself this time. 

Monday, July 25, 2011

Monday, July 25

Working hard on the NY Beauty today.  The couching is done, using a sparkly multi colored lightweight yarn.  Machine embroidery is coming along, but placed on hold for the rest of today because I ran out of black bobbin thread.  Will pick that up tomorrow and hope to finish the quilt by weeks end.  I did a close up trying to show the couching, but it is still hard to see.  Now I am off to set up machine for some free motion work, which is how I will quilt the spikes.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

WOW Wednesday

Almost done with pin-basting the NY Beauty quilt.  I had been procrastinating on this one. 

Now the hardest part of quilt making for me is deciding HOW to quilt it.   I like a heavily quilted quilt, but the decision making process of the quilt design really holds me up.  I guess I will start out with some stippling and see where that takes me.  So, this is my WOW Wednesday project for a while. 

Hearts Desire is coming along, one border is appliqued and I am working on the second.  As I have mentioned before, I am short of fabric so I have just done one of the scalloped sides.  I haven't gotten to cutting out the corner flower pots yet.  Can't wait to see installment 6!  Tomorrow!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sew Many Blocks
This was a block of the month with my quilt guild, but I was enjoying it so much, I just kept on sewing and finished it up in about 3 months.  The photo isn't that great and I will post a better one when I get back to Florida.  Still in my batik phase with this one too! 

Saturday, July 9, 2011

NY Beauty

As a tried and true former New Yorker, I have always wanted to make a NY Beauty.  I am no fan of paper piecing, but this was actually fun to make.  It is all batiks, I am still in my batik phase, lol.  It isn't sandwiched or quilted yet, but it is on my to-do list.  Maybe I should make it my WOW project.  

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

.Latest quilt- Hollow Cubes

This is done in all batiks.  Picture doesn't do it justice, it is really quite pretty.  I have started on graduation quilts for the grandkids, this is part of that series.  Not sure who it will go to yet..... but I have at least one year before the next graduation.

Block 4 Hearts Desire

Brand new today at blogging.  I really hope I am doing it right, but I want so much to participate in Esther Aliu's WOW Wednesday.  Here is the 4th of my block 4.  I am loving doing all this hand applique.  If you can make out the fussy cut fabric in the small corner circle, that was my focal fabric.  My intention was to use that in my borders, but I am really short of fabric, and an extensive internet search has not helped me to find more.  I am also short on my background fabric, which has a tiny black design in it, so yesterday I went to the quilt shop and found a similar fabric that I think will work well on the borders.  And while I can't do Esther's border because of my lack of focal fabric, I think I can do at least one side of the scallops with what I have.  I can't wait to see the finished layout, and then I will play with the borders to make them as close to possible with Esther's.  I might also go back to block 1 and add to it, because I like the block that Esther posted by mistake.