Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Progress on Miss Emilie's Garden...


I had such good intentions for Thanksgiving weekend...even though we were driving to the Philadelphia area to spend the weekend with Steve's parents, sister, and nephews, I prepared a little box of applique pieces to take with me.  

I stupidly thought I might have a sliver of time when Steve's family would be watching TV that I might be able to sit with them and prep a few applique pieces.  First I would trim around the freezer paper patterns and then glue stick and turn the edges in preparation for some December applique stitching.


HA!  What was I thinking?  There is my little packed work container complete with tools and glue sticks...and there it stayed in the bottom of my little tote bag, UNTOUCHED, all weekend...oh well.  If I had not prepped my little travel container, Murphy's Law dictates that I would have had a little time to work...and had nothing to do!

I simply can't watch TV without something to do with my hands!


We drove to Philadelphia on Wednesday, then drove home to southeast Michigan on Sunday.  On Monday, I decided to treat myself to "catch up" Monday...I caught up on laundry and completely prepped all the pieces that I meant to prep over the holiday weekend.


Between moving loads of laundry around and folding, I emptied my little container and trimmed my pieces.





Then I glued and folded back the scant little edges, stopping to rinse and dry off my odd, little acrylic rulers a couple of times when they got too sticky to proceed...


As I worked, I refilled my empty little box with prepped pieces...


Then I removed my freezer paper patterns...


Now I am ready to continue working on "Miss Emilie's Garden" by Lori Smith.  The outer borders are a bit work intensive...I fought the urge to invent something quicker and easier, then sighed and decided to be a good girl and finish the little quilt top as God (and Lori Smith) intended.


The inside of the little quilt has been taking up space on my design wall...


I don't expect to have a lot of stitching time in December, but when I do, I will be working on these festive red and green borders.

Ho-ho-ho!

In stitches, 
Teresa  :o)

19 comments:

  1. I didn't pick up a needle and thread very often while by daughter was visiting - I think I was too busy in the kitchen for the majority of the time. Your red and green quilt is looking fantastic

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  2. But you must have enjoyed your visit - and you are caught up.

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  3. Uh-oh...."a bit work intensive"? With all the delightful, detailed, extensive work YOU consistently do I didn't know anything would make you think twice. This will turn out beautifully.....just like everything you make. :)

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  4. I love to see how different people work with their applique. Your pieces look perfect and will be so much fun to sew down. I really like the colors you chose too.
    I have the pattern.......it's tempting!

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  5. It's going to be stunning . . . no matter when it's done. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Wish I could get back into applique. To many things going on. I have two projects I need to finish. Glad you found time to work at it. Chris

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  7. I have discovered that it is better to do the work intensive preparation at home where I can spread out my stuff, then take along several ready-to-applique pieces for those little moments. Your Miss Emilie's Garden looks beautiful. I was tempted to buy the pattern when I was at AQS in Grand Rapids since my sister's name is Miss Emily to her students.

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  8. Yep, if you hadn't taken your little work box, you would have had a lot of down time when you wished you had it. ;D Sounds like you had some great visiting time with family, instead.

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  9. Now you are already to stitch. With the pretty Christmas colors, you may find bits and pieces of time this busy month. It is such a sweet and pretty applique pattern.

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  10. It's looking good! Keep it up!

    BTW - you would've loved the weather here today: 77 degrees and plenty o'sunshine!

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  11. Pretty little pieces! Going to be another stunning quilt!

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  12. This is the quilt i am going to prep to take on holidays in January, I guess I had better get started. I like the idea of prepping so that I can just sew.

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  13. Such a pretty quilt. You are all ready to do your stitching now. That is a lot of prepping but I know it will be beautiful when you are done.

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  14. That border might be labor intensive, but it's going to be worth it! Just love this pattern and loved seeing your prep steps!

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  15. I'm determined to try your appliqué method some day Teresa, you get such amazing results. Perhaps the Caswell quilt will be the perfect project.
    Hugs
    Tazzie
    :-)

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  16. Beautiful blocks. I think I have that pattern. I think that border will look great, and you'll be glad you took the time to do it when the quilt is all finished.

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  17. OH MY! You have amazing patience!!! Keep up the good work.

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  18. I like the green fabric with the red bits. Nice choice.

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  19. Teresa, I love how you work-you are SO organized. That's why you can get so much done, and so beautifully too.
    I'm sure you'll find some pockets of time to stitch-you live to sew. :)

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