Friday, March 18, 2011

Under My Needle

I am caught up on customer quilts, and nearing the finish of the Civil War Bride Quilt so currently under my sewing machine needle is a Roseville Album block. The cactus block has a number of little flowers on each stalk and the pattern showed each flower with a separate dark brown stem. I choose to do some super fussy cutting and cut each flower at a place in the fabric so the stem would be a different color, trying to get a darker more "stem like" color.
Now I am working on the blanket stitch applique, I use a King Tut variegated thread to blanket stitch, but some of the little stems will require a thread color change (not always is machine applique faster). Earlier this week I completed my third block, and because the pieces were large the applique on this block was completed in one day.
I am going to say good bye for a couple weeks, I am headed to Texas to see the cutest grand baby in the world - and his parents. The Houston shop hop is going on the week I am in Houston and Quakertown quilt shop is calling my name (in my mind) to just go and "look" at Sue Garman's Friends of Baltimore pattern. Isn't that a little like going to the local humane society to just look at the puppies and kittens - do you really come home without one?
Happy Stitching,


  1. I can't believe you are going to just 'look' at the Friends of Baltimore. Well....that may be your intention, but....:o))
    I am so amazed that you are doing that wonderful applique on the machine! Really beautiful!

  2. The blocks are wonderful!! Personally, I would think that machine applique would be much harder than needle turn :0)

    Have a great time in Texas and be sure to spoil that little one rotten LOL


  3. Oh Cheri, the blocks are so beautiful and fun!!You are doing a fantastic job.

  4. I love how you are fussy cutting the stems. It looks great. Good luck with walking away from that shop without the pattern under your arm. I couldn't do it.

  5. Your blocks are just gorgeous. I'll be back later to see if you really did just look at the Sue Garman Baltimore pattern.

  6. Looks wonderful! But can't wait to see the start of the sue garmin. :). Have fun in tx

  7. You chose such good fabrics for those long skinny flowers.