Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Fruit mash-ups...


When I apply glue stick to applique pieces or glue baste pieces to the backgrounds prior to stitching, I refer to these steps as "mash-ups" (like "mock-ups").  I picked this term because I do a lot of mashing and squeezing between my fingers and against the table or light box to be sure that I get good adhesion from either the glue stick or the little bottle of Roxanne's glue baste.



I am mashing up three different blocks of my "Baltimore Rhapsody" quilt project at one time, trying to save myself a little time by doing "like things" together.  It does make it seem a little like an assembly line, but I am so eager to get this initial quilt of 16 blocks TOGETHER...in this century.


The strawberries will be in the viola block and the grapes in the harp block.

I wonder what is going between the columns in this block...behind block #1?!?  (I used to LOVE to watch "The Dating Game" when sick and home from school...)

Don't you LOVE the fabrics I found in my stash for the portico?  They are from the line "Stonehenge."  I bought a fat quarter bundle of about 8 of the colorways at the 2012 Sauder Village Quilt Show last May, fully anticipating participating in their 2013 show challenge.  Yeah, right...

When will I ever learn that I probably won't do the challenge?!?  I do well just to get a quilt/quilts finished for that show.  I am happy to have the fabric now, though.  I hope I can find some more of this particular line - I think there is now a "Stonehenge II."



What do you do if you can't make up your mind which green fabric to make container trees from?  Why, use ALL of them, of course, silly!

When I make myself sit for more than 10 minutes at a time, I will get things stitched so that I can show you completed blocks!   There are three Christmas trees, still decorated (attracting witches), and a box of Christmas cards with addresses already written on the envelopes, but I am persevering with the mashing and prepping because I am itching for some stitching...

Have you taken your tree down?  Oh, lie to me and make me feel less guilty...

In stitches,
Teresa  :o)

23 comments:

  1. Teresa, I have been following your blog for a long time and I LOVE you work. Last night I found out that you are cousin to one of my guild members, Peg Rawson! It's amazing how small the quilt world really is. Now I feel connected to your blog and maybe some of your applique talent will rub off on me. lol! I am addicted to following the progress on Baltimore Rhapsody. Thanks for a great blog.

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  2. The column fabric is perfect and the trees, well, I don't think they could get any better!!

    I won't lie to you, dear.

    Judy

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  3. I just could not do so many grapes! I love Stonehenge(I & II) and it made a perfect column.

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  4. Oh, that tree is gorgeous!!! I've never tried anything like that, needless to say, and all that needleturn applique. Blows my mind, girlfriend. Can't wait to see the finished blocks and quilt top.

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  5. A-DOR-able trees and columns--you are the Fabric Choice Queen for sure :--}}, anxious to see that Viola block....as... We are going to attend our granddaughter's participation in her teacher's students' recital this Friday (on viola!!). AND--it will occur at the very music college we attended--Hartt College of Music!! How about that one for serendipity--....never in my wildest imaginings did I think I would be doing this. What fun!! Julierose

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  6. Well sometimes it is nice to have a NON snowy tree in the house when all the trees outside are covered in white.. :) How did that sound??? LOL

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  7. Haha! I don't need to lie - we've put away the ornaments, garlands, and lights, but the tree itself is still standing right over there. . .

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  8. Were your ears burning last night? Vicki and I were talking about you.... :-) Love the columns and the multi-green trees - the trees remind me of your fun yo-yo tree ornaments. Really looking forward to seeing the 16 blocks together!

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  9. I just love your grapes! You've used such a great variety of fabrics. I just made a batch of grapes too - I had to go out and buy some purples - none in the stash.

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  10. Teresa, no lie, my tree is still up and the lights still go on in the evening. I always wait until Epiphany to take it down but I am running a little late this year. No worries. It WILL get taken care of. But first I have some stitching to do. BTW I love your container tree. It is beautiful. And the columns, and the grapes, and....

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  11. Hi Teresa
    I always enjoy reading your blog. I am following the progress on Baltimore Rhapsody quilt blocks too and I look forward to seeing each one develop.
    I am in awe of your work.
    We took our tree down January 2nd. My DH helped to take it down and put away the boxes and tree for next year.

    hugs
    beebee

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  12. Teresa, I never put the tree up so I don't have to lie to you. No Christmas decorations at all this year. Bah Humbug! The tree is beautiful. I love the apple also. Have fun Chris

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  13. My tree is still up. Thank goodness I'm not the only one. I've been sewing and telling (lying to) myself that I'll do it later. Love to see your precision appliqué. Very inspirational!

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  14. lovin' that tree. can't wait to see what you are doing.

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  15. Nice blog... thanks for sharing with us..


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  16. Hi Teresa,

    I really enjoy following your blog and seeing your work. You are so creative and talented! You might remember that I too am a fabraholic so I have to laugh when you post comments about your organized stash. I still have a basement full of fabrics with a purpose in mind. Lately I have been making blankets for the grandkids, of course with new fabrics I purchased :-) Can't stop buying new fabrics even though I already have drawers of fabric downstairs. My husband doesn't understand this of course, but is good natured about it.

    Debbie Thompson

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  17. My little 4 ft tree is still up and I turn the lights on every night!!!! I love the mixed colored lights, it's sooo cute! My reasoning is...I put it up late so I'm getting my monies worth, and besides, I'm NOT looking forward in hauling all the stuff BACK UP the stairs...ugh!

    I just CAN NOT wait to see all the grapes in place! I think your little strawberries are just adorable!!

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  18. My little white tree is still up so don't feel bad, I don't.
    I just adore your fabric choices, the portico is so realistic.

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  19. My cards did not get written or mailed, and my Christmas tree is still up... no lie! LOL
    We are obsessed and proud of it!

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  20. Looking great! I like the trees better with a variety of greens.

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  21. I have recently discovered your blog and spent some time looking back at your Baltimore Rhapsody quilt journey. I am very impressed. I love that you are taking your love of music and quilting and putting them together. I also am enjoying reading about the different instruments and music history. I look forward to spending more time exploring your creations. Great job!

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  22. For many years, my MIL just covered her tree with a garbage bag ( ornaments and all) and put it in the front room. When the next year rolled around, she was well prepared.

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  23. My husband won't have the tree up after new years, if I don't take it down, he will! I did get my cards out this year, although I usually try to handmake some of them and that certainly didn't happen. I loved the dating game too!

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