Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Another Lady of the Sea Block Completed

I just finished another Lady of the Sea block (pattern by Sue Garman). The Piccolo Bragozzo is a fishing boat originating in Italy in the late 1700s. This block was fun because of the easier sails and the little embroidered ties on the sails. Sue Garman includes a bit of history of each ship and "sailing trivia" with each pattern. This quilt I am doing by machine applique, my next block will be the Dutch Hooker, I started on the tulips this morning.

I have also done a little prep work on the Susan McCord quilt Trailing Vines. Janet is offering a quilt along on her blog with her interpretation of this quilt and will post a panel each month on the 15th. Follow the link on my side bar. Janet has excellent instructions and patterns, she is doing an amazing amount of work on this and she is sharing with all of us. I have learned so much already from her posts from cutting and prepping the panels, to making piles of bias stems . I love the clover bias maker and until I saw Janet's pictures I didn't realize I was holding the thing upside down and ironing the raw edges on the bottom where I could not see what was going on -DUH.Here is my panel with all of the stems basted on, it is taking a little rest and looks rather naked.And here are the first couple leaves added.
This is a hand applique project for me. I have drawn all of the leaves on the back and have a little pile of fabric squares (I applique by back basting) sitting by my couch to grab and sew on a couple leaves while watching TV in the evening. I seriously doubt I will complete a panel a month but that is not the point, it is the contentment of the hand stitching at the end of a busy day.

Happy Stitching All!


  1. Your ship blocks look fabulous, the machine applique looks so neat. It's fun seeing the panel started, I really hope you enjoy the leaves and seeing it come alive.

  2. Yay! You've got a great start on your vine!! What a fun project.
    Love your Ship block too.

  3. The contentment of hand stitching at the end of a busy day - I know, I know!! I'm so excited you're making this quilt too. You are way ahead of me - I haven't cut my panels yet. I know I won't get a panel a month done either but I'm thrilled that Janet is doing this for us!! Your ships look amazing!

  4. I love your ship blocks. I am so happy that I finally figured out the problem that I have had commenting on your blog!

  5. Those ships are amazing. You certainly have the knack of applique. I am pleased to see you are doing the Sue McCord quilt (please excuse my familiarity). I have bought the fabric and thought about it, but I'm not ready to start just yet. It is a quilt I've admired forever. Thanks to Janet.

  6. Amazing ship blocks. WOW!
    You have got a good start on the vine. I am just going to follow all the progress on Janet's blog. lol