Sunday, March 23, 2014

March Doings

I seem to be caught up on my block of the month projects...well somewhat caught up. Auntie Green's Garden is growing,

I have the second border sewn on and the next section of appliqué finished in the right upper hand corner. The colors are so soft and subtle, but very pretty fabrics on close up.

Benjamin Biggs block three is finished,

this month took me longer than I expected for what appears to be a simple block. I am sticking with the 16 inch blocks so far. I have been waffling about starting over and making making them smaller, but in the end decided to go with an alternate petal corner design that Gay showed on Sentimental Stitches. The petals go over the block seams so the blocks maybe can be trimmed down an inch or so but that decision will wait until more blocks are completed.

I also have two more Lucy Boston's Patchwork Of The Crosses blocks prepped and ready to stitch together.

This project is where the "somewhat caught up" comes in,

I am much better at cutting up my fabric and glueing on the paper pieces than actually stitching them together.

Happy Spring and Happy Stitchin all,



Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Itty Bitty Bias

This morning I have been making more double fold bias for the latest Benjamin Biggs block. I posted about this bias a couple posts ago when making large 5/8 inch bias for another appliqué project and it worked so well I thought I would try it for the tiny 1/8 inch bias needed for the cherry stems. There are three sizes of finished bias from 1/8 to 1/4 inch in this block, my bias strips measured 1/2, 3/4 and 1 inch before double folding.

I usually stitch the bias stems last in an appliqué block but all of the leaves and cherries lie on top of the stem ends in this block so I am going to stitch down all of the stems next.


Happy stitching,