Sunday, August 10, 2014

Applique

I have spent the majority of my stitching  time this week putting in some applique stitches.  I was going to give myself a day off today from stitching, but it  just didn't seem right not to put in a few slow stiches, after all it is Sunday.  I guess Kathy has made me an addict.  So the plan is to finish backstitching the centers on the last two flowers.  Then in the morning, I can sit down after my morning coffee and get these centers finished.


 
 
 I am putting a coin on the block so you can see the size of these little centers. I call them intense, but I must say they are getting easier to do with each one I do.  I just have to be in the right mood and remind myself  not to be in a hurry. 

 
 
 
I  took a break from my applique on Friday.  A few embroidery stitches sounded like fun so I decided to make myself a scissors keeper so that I wouldn't constantly be losing my little scissors that I use when I applique.  I honored Max my schnauzer with a cute little embroidered liking of him.  It is well deserved since he is always there and ready to test any quilt that I spread on the floor.

 
 



 

 

26 comments:

  1. This is a gorgeous block, Carla! And your applique is beautifully done. Love the little Schnauzer, too! Great work. :D

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    1. Thanks Monica! I love applique and a little side project keeps things interesting.

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  2. I will agree that those awkward shapes get easier as we do more of them. Or maybe we are not so intimidated by them after we stitch about 200 or so. Love your work.

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    1. Thanks Chris I look forward to seeing your progress on BTCT quilt. Red and green applique quilts are just luscious!

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  3. Oh my, those are such tiny flower parts. You are doing a great job on your blocks. Such a cute little case you made too.

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    1. Thanks Deb! It's all about practice. I started with a Hawaiian quilt and now four years later I am able to do these layered flowers. It really is all about one stitch at a time.

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  4. I love your scissor keeper! I recognized Max instantly. I also feel like I cannot miss a Slow Sunday Stitch.

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    1. Thanks Tanya! I guess we are so stitching addicts. I love hearing here and there on the internet that more quilters are going back to some handwork. It is so therapeutic.

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  5. You are making very good progress on the applique. A while back, I had some very small circles to hand applique. I thought they would look a mess but actually turned out good.

    I am not slow stitching today as I have a project that needs to get done in short order. So some machine stitching today.

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    1. I took a craftsy class on walking foot machine quilting. I have a top with a lot of seams that I want to machine quilt. A little more practice and I may give it a go.

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  6. Your block is lovely and those small pieces divine :-) Love your scissor's keep too, a good idea.

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    1. Thanks Raewyn, I often use my little embroidery scissors to help stuff the seam under an applique point. About the time I need them I am digging under the sofa cushion for them, hopefully my scissor keeper will make them easier to find when I need them. Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. Such a pretty applique block with small pieces. An embroidered Max makes a cute scissor keeper. Clever idea.

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    1. Thanks Jill! I only have two more blocks to do before I start the borders. Never thought I would get to this point.

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  8. Looking good! Nice place to keep your scissors too!

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    1. Yeah, they were always ending up between the cushion of the sofa. Hopefully this will help. Thanks for stopping by

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  9. Love all the layers on that flower. Thanks for showing us how tiny that center is. Looks wonderful.

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    1. These flowers are very very time consuming. I have a block coming up with the little little rounded petals..........................On one block I replace it with a ruched flower but I think I will give them another go. Sometimes I think I must be crazy but I guess I just want to say " I did it" LOL

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  10. I continue to be impressed with your applique! So small, so precise, so beautiful. And that little scissors keeper is adorable!

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    1. Thanks Kathy! It all comes with practice and this quilt is giving me plenty of practice.

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  11. Beautiful block! Your scissor keeper is so cute...just like Max. I do love my mini schnauzer too - she has such a great personality.

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    1. Thanks Ellen, Oh yes Schnauzers do have such a great personality. So obedient and just want to be your buddy.

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    1. Thanks Mary! I want to make some for my other scissors now! It is a free pattern at Lynette Anderson's blog. Her's has a embroidered cat but Max said no cat's allowed so I found a line drawing on line of a schnauzer and added it instead.

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  13. What a cute scissor keeper! And the applique is fabulous, Carla. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

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    1. It's a free pattern over at Lynnette Anderson's blog. She has an embroidered cat on the front of hers, but Max would not let that happen!

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