Monday, October 5, 2009

Addicted to "The Civil War Bride" quilt...




Well, I have finished my third block of this quilt now, and I am totally addicted!!  It is a great project and I am totally loving the applique technique I recently learned from my quilting friend (thanks again, Mary Liz!).  I had heard of this technique (glue stick) before, but wasn't really tempted to try it because I have gotten so fast over the years with my baste-under method and I thought that the glue stick (and later glue baste) would be messy and add extra steps.

Well, the more I try the new way, the faster I am getting.  I am finding flaws in my technique and fixing them (like making sure I soak the completed block long enough to dissolve the glue before pressing it dry and trimming - and making sure I change the water in the container a couple of times and aggitate gently with my hand).

I'm looking forward to Mary Liz's class next week so that I can see what I am leaving out (...knowing me, something really important and useful!!).

All of you know that I am a "nutter" (crazy, nuts, elevator doesn't go to the penthouse...), but there are so many leaves and other things on this project that I am going to start keeping a running tally of things I applique down as I go.  Here is my list after 3 completed blocks:

   leaves - 95
   pieces of fruit - 9
   flowers/buds - 23

 Here is the picture of the whole quilt (from the pattern).
There are 20 total blocks in this quilt, plus the awesome borders.  I have already decided to leave a block out so that I can insert a groom block of my own design.  But which one to leave out and how to re-arrange the remaining blocks so that things are balanced?  This has been puzzling me, and now I came up with a tool to help me decide!

I made a color copy of the picture on my computer printer, cut the blocks apart, and now I can play with the arrangement.  This is important to me as I plan colors for blocks...I want things to be balanced when I finish this long process!!

 
In my "spare" time, I have been planning and painstakingly cutting out a hand-piecing project to work on that is totally portable.  I love to have something mindless and easy in a big baggie right by the door so that I have something to do in meetings, while waiting for appointments, and anytime I am chauffering (and waiting for) my daughter.   :o)

Ta-da!!  Here it is...all reproduction fabrics in every color and a lovely bubblegum pink to set the large stars with after they are made.  I found the pattern in this month's "The Love of Quilting" (Fons and Porter - the one with a fall quilt on the cover).  I LOVE scrappy - no pesky fabric choices to make - I can use them ALL (although I did have to decide on a bubblegum pink for the setting squares, etc.).  All the pieces (1000+) are in a project box, and I will place a few triangles at a time in a baggie with little scissors, a thimble, thread and a needle.  I find I listen much better when my hands are busy (it keeps me from daydreaming), and since I'm happily piecing away, I'm much less hostile if the topic is controversial.  :o)
I am still progressing on binding my three latest machine-quilted U.F.O.s - maybe I can show them next time.

In stitches,
Teresa  :o)

5 comments:

  1. Three blocks already? I had better catch up!

    The October Bunny Hill block is out, too.

    MaryLiz

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  2. Wow Teresa, that hand piecing looks mammoth. I could never be organised enough to cut out that many pieces, let alone have them all ready to just grab and stitch. I have a little make up bag that stays in whatever handbag I'm using, it contains a couple of stitcheries, needles, thread and little scissors ready for any waiting time!
    Lizzie
    XXX

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  3. What a lovely blog you have! Wonderful blocks and love the applique quilt you are making .... a lot of work but it will be so worth it!

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  4. Your blocks are fabulous. I really like your choice of fabrics too. It is going to be one treasure when you get done.

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  5. Folks who like applique will love this quilt. Other than foundation piecing I am not crazy about piecing but I can applique and hand quilt all day long. Your blocks look great both here and on the Civil War Bride Blog.

    Priscilla
    http://pws.blogsite.org/workshop

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