Sunday, March 2, 2014

What's Next?



 I am ready for a change, this winter has been too long.  Next weekend brings us Daylight Savings Time and spring officially begins on March 20th. So why not jump the gun and pull out a summer project and do some slow stitching.  In the winter, I generally am hand quilting but as warmer weather approaches I often time enjoy applique.
Last year I started Baltimore Garden.  It is a 25 block album quilt based on an antique quilt. 

Now I just need to figure out where I am on this block and start stitching. It should be quite simple since the prepared pieced are all numbered and waiting in my folder. I lined it with some batting so it works as a mini design wall keeping them safe and flat.

I think I will applique the center of my compass block down first. I might need a little warm up since it has been awhile since I have done any applique.


I am also linking up with Slow Stitching Sunday.

26 comments:

  1. A great idea. The compass looks like it would be hard to do. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. It is paper pieced, so not as hard as you might think. More tedious than anything!

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  2. It that compass REAL??? LOL In a million years I couldn't make something like that ( she said after falling off the chair seeing it! :)
    Truly amazing, you are ....

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    1. You could do it. It is paper pieced so just straight line sewing.

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  3. Thanks for the tip about storing the applique pieces in a piece of batting. I will have to try that. Your compass block is lovely.

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    1. Your welcome Donna. I just stapled a piece into a file folder, it works great!

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  4. What a fantastic compass block!
    You have a great idea there for keeping your pieces organized and safe.
    Thanks for linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching!

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  5. Love the idea of using some batting to keep track of pieces. I always learn something useful from you! Thanks.

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  6. Your welcome Deb! Can't remember where I saw this tip, but it has really helped me from loosing all my pieces. I can also prep more pieces ahead of time, which saves time.

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  7. I love compass blocks. Yours is striking! Maybe a few practice stitches would be a good idea.

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    1. Thanks Jill, Yes I even do a few practice stitches when hand quilt, I guess my fingers need the warm up at my age.

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  8. Like the idea of using the batting too. The compass does look hard even for pping.....grin.

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    1. I wouldn't say hard but defintely tedious,It It takes time, and I found I could only work on it about an hour at a time. I made all the components first and then just started assembling.

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  9. Fantastic compass block! I am looking forward to following along with your progress on this quilt.

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    1. Thanks Ellen! This compass block is going to be combined with some cog wheels blocks and some old chintz curtains. Hope it intriques you!

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  10. That is a stunning compass block! Love your color choices too, really makes the points stand out.

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    1. Thanks Dawn, I am using it in a scrap quilt and just pulled out colors from my background fabric.

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  11. Love the compass block. I look forward to seeing what it will go with.

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    1. Thanks Melinda! I hope to add eight cog wheel blocks, it may take me awhile.

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    1. Thanks, just one of those blocks you have to try, just to see if you can do it.Paper pieced so goes together quite nicely. Just takes time and it a bit tedious.

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  13. I have batting tacked to a door but never thought of organizing them with batting. What a great idea. Your compass is beautiful. All the work that went into it amazes me. It looks perfect. Good luck with your appliqué.

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  14. Thanks Genie. I love my batting folder to keep my applique pieces organized. On the outside of the folder I stapled a sheet of sand paper when I want to mark the seam line for turning. It works out well and everything is all in one place. I also love that it didn't cost to much to make one, I know we all have pieces of batting left over from projects.

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  15. Your compass block is so perfectly awesome. I see you will combine with cog wheels and chintz curtains. Can't wait to see it. Will it be an original of your own design?

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    1. Yes, my own design and everything is coming from my stash! Very scrappy and crazy, but should be fun! Thank you for your kind words.

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