Sunday, November 10, 2013

What's in your hoop?

Another beautiful sunrise, my favorite time of day to quilt. Starting my day with a few stitches and ending it with a few, makes me a happy quilter.
I am down to the last four corner blocks on my red and green traditional quilts. They are identical blocks that Janet of Qultsalott  blog was sweet enough to share with me.  After making one block, I was smitten with it and decided to do four, one for each corner. It definitely gives the quilt the sparkle I was looking for. I can see why she did a quilt that featured this block only. You can see it here, before she hand quilted it.
 So today, I will be outlining and adding background grid to the first of the four corner blocks.  They will take a little longer as stitching around the berries does take some time, but they are so pretty when they are finished, don't you think?


29 comments:

  1. I am still loving this quilt. I found a copy of "Red and Green: An Applique Tradition" book and it is being shipped from a Seattle Goodwill. I can hardly wait to see it. I am just starting to learn applique, so this will be a quilt in the very distant future. Meantime, I am continuing to enjoy yours. Beautiful quilting! Thank you for the eye-candy.

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    1. That is how I purchased my copy. I did change it up a bit had to make it my own. So glad that I have inspired you to learn to applique. This was my third applique project. My first was a wall hanging by Pat Sloan and my second project a Hawaiian quilt.

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  2. So beautiful. I love your tiny stitches and am amazed each week at how lovely this quilt is.

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  3. A beautiful sunrise to accompany your beautiful blocks! :)

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    1. They are hard to see, as we have so many trees around us, but I grew up in Illinois where you can't help but enjoy them. So when a pretty sunrise peaks between the trees I try to take note. Thanks for stopping by today!

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  4. Yes, your berries are truly gorgeous when finished, I think. How many quilts have you hand quilted in order to have such beautiful stitching? Or has your quilting been gorgeous from the start????

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    1. I use a tool called an aunt becky. I struggled with small even stitches until I started using it! There is a video on line that features Jean Brown and that is what got me started.

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  5. early quiet morning is my favorite time to hand quilt too!
    your stitches are beyond lovely!!

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  6. Oh yes, I do think so indeed! You are doing such a wonderful job on your quilting - those stitches are teesy-tiny and perfectly uniform. That will be a treasure for sure when you are done!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I am getting excited about getting it completed. I think it will look nice on the quilt ladder I want for Christmas LOL My next quilt is going to be big stitched, I sure I hope that I can make the adjustment. Seems funny since it wasn't that long ago, I longed to make small uniform stitches. LOL

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  7. Wonderful quilting Carla ! I especially love the way the berries look - they just pop out with the quilting.

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    1. Thanks Hilda! Nearing the finish line, but still a ways to go!

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  8. Your berries are so completely round. They look wonderful. This is going to be a beautiful quilt!

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    1. Thank you! I do cheat a bit and use perfect circles by Kay Buckley. I think the berries are what first attracted me to this quilt! Thanks for taking time to leave a comment!

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  9. Carla, Your applique and tiny quilt stitches. I feel so happy to have seen fine hand quilting as yours. I commend you for perfect work! I'll be following you so I can glean something about how to get tiny stitches. Practice maybe?

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    1. Thank for stopping by Caroline. Pretty sure my work is not perfect but I really love quilting. I use Jean Brown's method of quilting. It is not an easy method to learn but once you get it , it makes getting small even stitches a whole lot easier. Some quilters also use TJ's quilter's spoon, it works on the same principle. The only downfall is you go thru more needles but I think it is worth it cause you don't get sore fingers.

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  10. Oh my, I want to follow and would appreciate it so much if you could put a "Follow via email" option button on your blog. Please and thank you in advance.

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  11. Your quilt is just so gorgeous! I look forward to seeing it all finished.

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    1. Thanks Ellen! Three more blocks and the border to go as of this am, but i think I am going to run out of thread and need to order some, hope it gets here soon.

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  12. stitching around berries takes some time doesn't it! such tiny stitches you take - I have to really concentrate to make them that small and most of the time mine are quite a bit larger! love red and green!!

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    1. Yes it does! But I do love them in quilts! I love red and green quilts also. I just downloaded a princess feather pattern and still need to finish my Baltimore Garden.

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  13. So beautiful... love the berries!
    Thanks for linking up!

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  14. I have loved reading your posts about your Red and Green quilt. It is just gorgeous! Really striking. I have yet to make one but I am being tempted to start the new free BOM that Sentimental Stitches is going to be offering in 2014.

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    1. I think everyone should have a red and green in their flock of quilts. You can't go wrong, so I say you should go for it! Thanks for stopping by. I hope to have a finished post about it next Sunday!

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    2. I'm still thinking about your quilt, it's so impressive!! Did you use the same reds and greens for the whole quilt or did you use many different ones? I love the patterns that you used also, the center is simply gorgeous, you have to be so proud!!

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    3. I used a a lot of a solid red and added a couple of other tone on tone reds in the flowers. I also used a solid green for the stems and added some green tone on tones in the smaller applique pieces. Thanks again for stopping by. I hope the binding fabric arrives tomorrow so that I can make the binding and get it finished up this week. A busy time of year, but I so wanted to have it finished for Christmas. I will do a post on it once it is finished.

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