Monday, May 6, 2019

Working On a Little Bit of Applique

It feels like I have been plod, plod, plodding along. Never getting very far but not falling behind either. Mostly, my time has been spent with hand work lately. 
Seedpod Flower Quilt center
The Seedpod center is finished now. I went ahead and broke the applique shapes into several different pieces instead of letting cutting it out into one single shape. I was afraid that the little skinny stems would fight me and ruin the look of the flower. Sometimes when there are a lot of 'offshoots' it's hard to get things stitched down without little wrinkles somewhere. And of course the base of the flower has a little poochiness from all the stems converging in one place. Nothing to be done about that at this point. The top leaf on the right is bugging me just a little too and I may go back and drop it down some. We'll see. It's all stitched up now and that feels good to have that part behind me.
Little baskets
These baskets and the blocks below are part of the next border for Sweet Tart Baskets quilt. I didn't realize that so much time has passed since I last worked on that quilt. Four months! It seems like just the other day when I finally sewed the four larger baskets together. The idea here, for the next border,  is that there will be nine little baskets {with flowers} and for the every-other-block, nine of what's pictured below.
Border blocks
I didn't want to mess up the look of the striped fabric in the center, and so appliqued the smaller squares over the top. All nine are done now, but as you can see, the center square is not exactly 'square' to the block. They are all like that, but strangely enough, I don't care. The prep work is all done for each of the small basket blocks so that's a step forward. Applique prep always takes more time than it seems that it should, but well worth the time and effort once that magic window of time to applique has presented itself.

You might not have noticed, but the basket block is some smaller than the every-other-block. That's because I intend to add some cheddar/white half square triangles all around the basket block when the applique is done. I'm having a blast working with the zingy cheddar/golds in this quilt and of course, baskets.... swoon! All right up my alley. Crazy as it sounds, the entire time I'm working on these two quilts, my mind is whirring and churning, thinking up ideas for the next couple applique quilts.*sigh  So many wonderfully shiny new ideas and so little time....

14 comments:

  1. I wouldn't change a thing on your applique block. That leaf allows your eye to follow the bud all the way around without stopping to see what is different. Just my 2 cents. . . The cheddar is an interesting and captivating choice for the basket quilt.

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  2. I don't know how many times I have felt like I am just plodding along also Audrey - but we both know a little almost every day and we get done and start more!

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  3. Love, love, love that top block!!

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  4. I love the Seedpod Flower! Colours and design are fantastic Audrey. I'm looking forward to seeing this project progress.

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  5. I love the shape of the seedpod centre. And look forward to see more and see it develop into a quilt like the basket and other blocks

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  6. Gorgeous Seed Pod block - I wouldn't change a thing.

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  7. Love that seedpod flower!! This is going to be great. And, I think I am going to steal that word from you. "Poochiness" describes lots of my applique, especially intersections. I love it!

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  8. You are so creative that your mind is several quilts ahead of you in terms of generating creative ideas... so fun!

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  9. The seedpod center is awesome. I wouldn't change anything. It such a wonderful strong design. It really could stand alone.

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  10. I so like your seedpod flower. Thanks for sharing all your progress. I'm gearing up to start some applique and can use all the ideas and pointers. Of course, I usually chicken out and figure a way to piece it instead. But visiting your blog always reignites the embers. Or are they ashes?
    It's a joy to see all the bits you add with applique. Courageous colors and fabrics, too.

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  11. 'So many quilts, so little time' but all we can do is keep going so at least some of our ideas get to fruition. I'm glad you are working away at your applique (as my old granny used to say, 'a little of what you fancy does you good').

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  12. Oh how much I love everything you do! These are amazing blocks. Just beautiful; I don't care what you think. lol

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  13. A magical seedpod Audrey, I love it!!

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  14. Love, love the seedpod flower. How did you think that one up!

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