Thursday, February 28, 2013

Ready to take the plunge...


The first appliqued outer border strip for "Baltimore Rhapsody" is all stitched up and ready to plunge in water to soak the glue out.


I prepped more than I had time to work on in Alabama...big surprise.  (I always pack quilting projects like I am going to a deserted island for a week...I WISH!)


I am liking the swags with the holes in them.  They take a little longer to applique down due to the additional edges to secure down.


The effort is worth it.  The last swag border I did (on the wall above the couch) poofs out, caused by the compression of the batting from all the hand quilting that surrounds the swags.  That has always bugged me.  Since I will be hand quilting inside these little swag cut-outs or vents, my swags won't be poofy.  YIPPEE!


Three more outer borders to go...

In stitches,
Teresa  :o)

28 comments:

  1. Just beautiful! Can't wait to see the whole quilt!

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  2. What a great solution to avoid "puffiness"! This quilt is going to be absolutely incredible. I am starting an applique quilt in April and your posts have me itching to get going.

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  3. Just fabulous! This is going to be stunning!

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  4. The border is going to set off your quilt beautifully, and even though it is more work, the holes in the swags really make a difference in the look.

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  5. Amazing!! I can't believe how fast you work on these. It's tremendous fun to watch. :)

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  6. Absolutely stunning it will be. I have loved watching it grow - so beautiful!!

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  7. Delightful. I love the swags with the cut outs, they remind me of eyelet.

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  8. Wonderful borders--I really like those G Clefs--and the "holey" swags. Julierose

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  9. This is going to be an amazing quilt..
    You do such wonderful work it's fun to watch the progress.

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  10. Wow Teresa - the swag is (going to be) beautiful, the holes in it are great and a good solution to your puffiness problem. Cant wait to see the whole quilt!!

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  11. Your borders are beautiful and match your theme supremely.

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  12. Oh Teresa your quilt is going to be beautiful. I love your swags.
    Your favorite choices are perfect. Can't wait to see the finished masterpiece.
    Janet

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  13. I get so much inspiration looking at your beautiful applique. Your swags are wonderful!

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  14. Beautiful! I love the treble clefs in the border. It will make the quilt SING!
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

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  15. You just amaze me how you get these things done. The swags are magnificant!

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  16. Stunning, I too am looking forward to seeing the finished quilt, as I'm sure you are too!

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  17. Oh my goodness Teresa, I am just gobsmacked at how fabulous your quilt blocks and border are. An absolute work of art!
    *hugs*
    Tazzie
    :-)

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  18. Gorgeous! what a masterpiece, so should I say Opus this will be.

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  19. Your appliqued swags are amazing! Beautiful work.

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  20. What a fabulous border!! So harmonious :0)

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  21. Looking good, girlfriend!! I've got hand projects packed too, but haven't touched one of them yet. But we still have another five days on this trip.

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  22. I have so enjoyed seeing your quilt come to life. The border is GORGEOUS!!! You are so creative, Teresa. This is going to be a beautiful quilt. I'm so enjoying watch it come to life. :)

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  24. This is just an incredible quilt. I laughed when you said you pack like you were going to a deserted island for a week. You must be pretty good - I pack like I am going to a deserted island for 3 months. After yesterday's "snow" day (no snow) I thought I would sew for 12 straight hours. NOT. Husband home, son + fiance home, me...crazy. That deserted island sounds so tempting.

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  25. Absolutely a masterpiece.
    Did you design the pattern ? I would love to buy the pattern and make it.

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