Sunday, January 31, 2016

A little of this a little of that!

It has been one of those weeks.  The hand quilting on Baltimore Garden has slowed as I needed to mark five more blocks.  I did manage to get one block quilted.



In the evening I focused on my Shenandoah Valley Botanical Quilt. One pineapple block is completed.

The other two pineapple blocks in the quilt will be my focus today. I just need to applique the final two pieces on both of the blocks. That will complete the three pineapple quilts except for the inking. My  concern about working on such small blocks has left. The back basting really keeps everything in place and makes stitching them a lot of fun.


Next week I will need to decide whether I want to start another panel for trailing vines or stick with SVBQ blocks.  I think since it will be quicker to prepare a small 9 inch block for SVBQ, it will win out.  However, if I take advantage of a bit time here and there maybe I can get both prepped.


40 comments:

  1. I love the fabrics on the pineapple and as always, your quilting is a joy to behold. I'll miss this quilt when you are done; slow down, lol...

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    1. Yeah, I agree its a joy to work on and I find myself not wanting to finish it.

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  2. lovely quilting as always, I always love this style of quilt -

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    1. Yeah the red and greens have such wonderful contrast you can't help but love them

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  3. Carla, I'm really enjoying watching the progress on your Baltimore Garden quilt!! It's beautiful!! :)

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    1. Thanks! A lot of stitches for one quilt, but I think they are worth it.

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  4. Lots of beautiful stitching on your blog today! I always enjoy popping in to see what you are up to each week.

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    1. Thanks I enjoy seeing everyone's progress weekly too! So glad there are so many that join and enjoy their slow stitching

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  5. beautiful tiny quilting grid - looks lovely.
    Pretty applique blocks too

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    1. Thanks! I am so glad I have these wonderful flowers to stitch around as we wait for winter to pass

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  6. You might of thought it was a slow week but it looks like you have done quite abit. I am so behind on my Shenandoah Valley Botanical Quilt. As soon as I can I jumping in. Love you work...as always

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    1. Thanks! I know I will never catch up but am enjoying stitching them just the same. As always I look forward to quilting it also.

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  7. You are making great progress on the quilting and the applique... every stitch takes you in the right direction!

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    1. Yep, I have really let go of when will I finish. They are just a great process to enjoy. So glad we have Slow Stitching Sundays to share our progress. Thanks Kathy

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  8. I know I would choose the nine inch block to prep next. So much less work. I did a very small sample of the back basting method but have never used it for doing a block.

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    1. Well, I got it started and picked fabric from the stash but was able to do much stitching this week. But I will get there.

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  9. Your quilting on the Baltimore Garden is beautiful! Love the bee background fabric too!

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    1. Thanks! I wasn't sure what I wanted to do but when I saw the bees the choice was made.

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  10. So glad to hear back basting is working well for you! Your blocks look lovely as always. A little 10 minutes here and there sure does get lots of things done.

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    1. I have used it in tricky places on blocks before but have never done a whole project using back basting prep. But I am so glad I did with this one since I am doing the 9 inch blocks. It really is fun once you understand the concept. I really love no pins to deal with while stitching!

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  11. Your hand quilting in so gorgeous. Cute background for your pineapple blocks.

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  12. Lovely quilting - the applique seems to float over the top of the grid! Glad you are enjoying SVBAQ - your block is so pretty!

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    1. Appliqued quilts are my favorite to quilt. I think I am really glad I joined in on SVBQ!

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  13. Oh, gosh...your Baltimore Garden is sooooo gorgeous. And looks like the Botanical is off to a good start. I love the whimsy of the bee background.

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    1. Thanks! It is nice to have different types of techniques going together. Never get bored around here.

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  14. Your handquilting is so beautiful!! I love your applique block too. Yes prep to start a panel takes some time but hours and hours of happy stitching is the result :0)

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    1. Prep isn't really that bad. I am glad I tried the glue for the stems as it really works. Then I took your advice and prep leaves for one branch at a time. But I did start the nine inch block as the prep for that was very simple. LOL

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  15. I always love seeing your handquilting and appliques. And, of course I love those bees in your background.

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    1. Your bee fabric it super cute too! Can't wait to see it in a block! I don't get nearly as much done as I used to, life has a way of getting in the way.

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  16. Your pineapple block is stunning and your hand quilting is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. So glad I joined in SVBQ. So glad I challenged myself to do the 9 inch blocks.

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  17. Love your work, Carla. I, too, use a hoop to hand quilt. How do you mark your lines? Thanks for linking to WIPs Be Gone

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    1. I use a hera marker or a mechanical pencil. Have never had a problem with either.

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  18. Seeing your work is always so inspiring. So happy you have joined the SVBAQ project.

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    1. Thanks! I am so glad I jumped in and tried the 9 inch blocks. They are a nice challenge and looks so darn cute when they are finished. I have only used backbasting in tricky places on my applique projects but I am challenging myself to use do this whole quilt that way.

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  19. Beautiful work! Your hand quilting is wonderful.

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  20. Two beautiful projects - your hand stitching is beautiful and, given that it can't be rushed, it seems to me you are getting a lot done.

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    1. You are so right and I really don't have a deadline! That's the best part.

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