Friday, March 27, 2015

A Change of Pace. Or Not.

Things have been busy lately. I've been putting what little bit of time I have for quilting into applique or hand quilting work. Then I found myself in the quilting room digging through fabrics for no particular reason--just because it feels good. 
Little scrappy corners...
A project caught my eye and made me feel sorta guilty about the lack of attention. Then it kind of beckoned.
Chain piecing love.
Come work with me and things will move quickly.
A whole pile of quilty goodness!
Almost anything moves more quickly than needleturn applique...
Nicely ironed and ready for sizing...
It felt good and there was immediate progress made.
Cutting off almost as much fabric as I added on.
I admired my work and wondered if I could actually get it sewed onto the quilt someday soon.
The potential border....
Then I got distracted by the middle of the quilt. Does it need an applique fix? Hmm.. Lets try this and see if it makes things better.
Auditioning an applique fix....
Wash, rinse, repeat. How and why does it always come back to applique right now?*sigh  Don't mind me. I'm just having an obsessive, fixated issue with my needle and thread lately.....

28 comments:

  1. What a fun border, I love the improve snowballs!

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  2. the snow balls are a fun border addition - and unexpected. to applique or not.....it will come to you.

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  3. I hadn't realized how much your quilt needed this border until you added it. What a delightful day you had.

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  4. I think the snowball border really adds to the quilt. If by applique fix you mean the red circle, I like that too but no fair blurring the edges of the photo! Its going to be a great quilt!

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  5. Funny how a quilt project can beckon! Love where you are going with this quilt.

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  6. Your fixations are so entertaining! I love the border and the eternal question seems to be...to applique or not to applique....hmmm.. LOL

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  7. I think distraction is a good thing for creative people! You just have to go with it when the moment strikes you. The snowballs look great!

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  8. Sometimes I think Applique just calls to us. I had been a little burnt out on applique this past year when I finished the Floral Fantasy and had to get away from it a little bit - now I am itching to get back to it - the new pattern is calling to me and I just might get started soon on it.

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  9. LOVE those snowball blocks. I'm glad to hear I am not the only one who has trouble moving from applique to piecing. For me there is nothing more relaxing than hand applique (or hand quilting) so it can be difficult to work at the machine when I'm in this mood. Looks like it all worked out for you as those blocks are super! And I like the little appliqued circles in the center of the quilt. I really love the colors in this quilt!!

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  10. Looks great! How do you come up with these ideas? It is turning into a lovely quilt, have a soft spot for tulips and tulip quilts anyway and this one looks like a very special one!

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  11. Fantastic border. It really added life to the center. Snowballs and tulips do come together in the springtime, at least around here.

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  12. What a fun border! I love this scrappy tulip quilt. That last picture is really cool!!

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  13. Distraction + fixation =very lovely quilts. Great border you have going on here. Looks like a good scrap buster. This also just reminded me that I haven't worked on my tulip applique in ages. Thanks for the nudge :)

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  14. Wow, I love those scrappy little snowballs! What a great border idea. Or really, just a great idea, full stop. What will be next?

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  15. I love what you did with the scrappy snowballs. And again, you always amaze me with how you work things out. Sometimes its like coming to a quilting class...which is all good. Thanks for sharing.
    blessings, jill

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  16. I love your scrappy snowball border!

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  17. Ooh, aah - loving what you're doing.......piecing and....er, appliqué.......!!

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  18. You are hilarious! And I know what you mean - just digging through fabric feels good!

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  19. I do like your border and the applique "fix"......not that it needed fixing. I am desperately looking for my next applique project, just love needleturn at the moment.

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  20. I just love the scrappy tulips with the snowbalborders.
    Greetings

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  21. Oh my goodness! Love the border.... the scrappy centers meet with perfect interest! :-)

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  22. Now that is a different way of doing those corners. I would have been cutting squares for connector corners. You have just sewn odd bits of fabric on and then squared the block.

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  23. Seeing the results of your piecing frenzy is exhilarating, thanks for the boost of my mood! (It is snowing here again today and hard to stay upbeat).

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  24. Another post that made me smile.

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  25. It may come back to applique, but you did get some quality time at the machine! How big are the blocks?

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  26. It always feels good to go through my stash and scraps. I love the borders and all you did make. I also love the basketquilt in the hoop.Just gorgeous.

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  27. Snowballs! I absolutely love snowballs... your latest batch in particular. They look gorgeous as a border for those beautiful Tulips. Heck... I need to make snowballs... now! See what you've done.....lol Have fun.... having fun...xx

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  28. Hey audrey, I love your scrappy solutions and I think that border is really going to set those central blocks off nicely and your sashing choices really give the top some pazazz! cheers!

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