Sunday, September 14, 2014

Very Slow going!

I will be adding more petals today.  I started the fourth layer of the flowers. This block has a total of eight flowers, two are completed.  I then decided maybe I would try to apply chain stitching ideas to my applique. So I am working on the remaining six flowers at the same time.  
Layer four pinned into place



This is very slow stitching, as each layer seems to get smaller and smaller, but I do love sitting in the early morning and focusing on each applique stitch as the needle goes thru the fabric.  I am so glad I revisited this block and took on the challenge of stitching these flowers.  The ruched flowers I made to use on it originally were nice, but I it really pleases me to follow the footsteps of the original maker and needle turn these flowers.



 

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  1. its worth all the time and effort your putting into this quilt , the block is looking amazing!
    Kathie

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    1. Thank you Katie! It is a such a good feeling to be happy just putting a stitch in at a time. I am addicted to the details and really look forward to hand quilting this one.

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  2. That block is amazing! You are bringing it to life.

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    1. Thanks Kathy! I like to think of it that way too! Each step enhances it and someone is going to have hold me down cause I won't be able to stop dancing when I finally assemble the top!

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  3. Wow Carla... I love your "chain stitching" idea and hope that all that stitching will soon give you instantly finished flowers.. 6 at a time.. the 2 you have finished are precious too! Love your applique stitches on these layers of flowers too... just blends right in to the flower textures itself! Very cool !!! Kathi

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  4. I too love to slow stitch early in the morning. There is a calm in the air that I just love to listen to. It is a lovely block you are working on. Hang in there, it will get done eventually. Tiny little details make masterpiece!

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    1. Thanks Chantel! Oh I so agree there is a calm. I have a pendulum wall clock that has such a wonderful tick! Yes this is slow slow slow going but I have come to accept that the joy of stitching is what gives me joy not how many quilts I get done. You are so right about the details!

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  5. The depth of the flowers makes them look real ...keep it up and you'll have to water them! :)

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    1. Deb, that is the biggest compliment I have heard all day! I have to give some success with doing this quilt to my love of gardening.

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  6. I am so impressed by the refinement of your work, this block is wonderful! I seldom did applique, but you inspire me to try again!

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    1. Thanks so much! Applique really helps satisfy my urge to just stitch! Although, sometimes I like to sit at the machine and chain piece, but try to keep it simple as my skill level there doesn't seem to improve much.

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  7. love this block, the flowers are worth the effort

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    1. Thanks Karen, I so agree, it no longer about getting the blocks done but just enjoying how they seem to be blossoming with each layer.

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  8. What a lovely way to spend your morning hours. The flowers are looking lovely.

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    1. I agree a great way to start the day. My lower back only allows me to sit still for short periods. But that is alright, a few stitches here and a few stitches there and it will get done.

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  9. The red flowers are coming along so nicely. I am practicing my applique skills.

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    1. Don't be amazed it is just what I love to do and what I focus on! We can't help but be amazing when we do the things we love!

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  11. I think I can smell those gorgeous flowers!

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  12. Such beautiful flowers. I find the more I appliqué the more careful I am with my stitches. Not perfect but I am improving. Can't wait to see all those finished flowers sometime in the near future.

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    1. Good for you Deb! Yes applique gets easier with practice. Like hand quilting you lean how to use that needle to turn that fabric and manipulate the seams to make the piece look like you want.

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  13. That is very detailed and meticulous work... good for you to give it a try!

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  14. The dimension the layers are adding to the flowers is stunning! I don't appliqué, but your bock is truly inspiring. Can't wait to see how far you are next week.

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  15. What a beautiful block. Your patient stitching shines through.

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  16. I love that you are showing the process. Your blocks are lovely. Love following your progress.

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    1. Thanks Donna! I sometimes wonder if there is too much red and green on my blog, but these blocks take time. Then I remind myself I blog to journal my journey so I can promise you there will be more posts!

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  17. You are making good progress on this block. I love the layers you are adding.

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    1. Thanks, I think part of it was just having the confidence to do it!

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  18. Wow! This is just beautiful. Well worth the time and effort.:)

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