Sunday, August 12, 2018

More stars!

I spent a little time yesterday cutting out more of the alternate hexagon blocks that link my Texas stars together.  More progress could have been made but I kept running out of hexagons in the evening when I do my hand piecing.  I am so glad to have that remedied. I have five rows of stars completed and will be working on row 6 today.  I will be house sitting my son's house next week and I think it might be the perfect time to really make some great progress on this quilt.

If you read my blog you know I have been in a quandary about a  border. It doesn't help that I am not a big fan of borders so another decision has been made.  No border and more stars to make this the quilt the size I want.  I am enjoying this journey so much already, I am looking ahead to start another hand piecing project once this one is complete.  I don't know why but sewing dot to dot and then turning over the top at the end of an evening and seeing a quilt top get larger and larger is so much fun!  Of course, pretty fabrics and spectacular colors help a lot too!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Decision made!

It's always a good feeling to make some progress on my quilts.  I finished the applique on my medallion block on Sunday evening. That was a big hurdle. I haven't done any applique since I made Baltimore Garden. Not sure that I ever would after all of the small pieces and time I spent on it, but I must admit it was fun to do the simple wavy border on my medallion block.  Of course Monday morning I had to play a bit and I pulled out my hourglass blocks to see how they were going to play with the medallion block.  It's always a bit scary to see reality instead of the fantasy one has in their head.  But, I have always had a pretty good knack to envision a project in my head.  So, no big surprise, but I was very pleased to see it in reality.

I planned on making a 60"X60" quilt, but I think that has changed. I could really use another king size quilt for my bed so I will forge onward.  It's really not a  hard decision, after all, I just love pairing up reproduction fabrics and making the hourglass blocks.  I do wish I would win the lottery so I could hire a professional fabric cutter to do all the cutting. LOL  But if I cut a few and sew a few it seems to go pretty well.  I was able to make 59 more hourglass blocks so the journey to a king size quilt has actually begun.

 I have been storing my blocks in this box.  There are over 400 but that is only about halfway to the count I need.  It's good thing I really enjoy making these.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Hand Appliqued Border

Today, I hope to get a good start on a needle turned appliqued border for my medallion block.  At first, a thought a sawtooth border might work but it didn't play well with those thin spikes.  I also tried a diamond pieced border and it seemed a bit busy.  From those two ideas, I came up with a one fabric border with wavey curves. Those curves seem to complement the compass so I am moving forward. 
I made a paper template using a quarter and my pencil and paper,  much like quilters long ago.  Yes, my curves are not identical but all in all they will look just wonderful.

It's been a while since I had done any needle turn applique.  This gently curved border is very nice to stitch. I used my machine to baste it in place and marked the curves with a sliver of soap.  All that basting keeps everything right where it belongs and the perforations made by the machine stitches help when I go to turn under the seam allowance on the curves with my needle.  Not sure I will get all four sides finished today, but I will have a  whole lot of fun trying.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018