First off the bat, the winners of the giveaway, using the Husband Random Name Generator were:
Janice, who wrote: “WOW! I just began following your blog and missed the start up of this QAL. After seeing your beautiful work, I am inspired to dive in and QAL too. I love the embroidery details. . . [and the] layering [of] the stitches. I’d choose the magazine. Thanks for the great give away. I can’t wait to see your finished tree.” I’ll send you the magazine.
Camille, who said: “Thank you again for your excellent post. I’m almost done with the tree appliqué. Still have the freezer papers to cut out. This project is so out of my typical arena so I’m thrilled to be pushing myself. Thanks. I’d love to add the fabric medallions to my stash since I have the magazine.”
Good luck on the Oh Christmas Tree project to these two and to all of you (and me). I tried out making birds last night and they went so fast, as there’s far less stitching work on them. Can’t wait until next month to tell you about this.
In my regular, non-digital life, I attended our monthly gathering of the Good Heart Quilters, a group of friends who have been quilting together off-and-on (with new members coming in, and old members leaving) for the better part of twenty years. Charlotte, a newer member showed off what I think is only her third quilt top EVER, a Monopoly board. All the fabrics are Monopoly fabrics. Terrific!
Laurel brought two new rosettes for the New Millefiore Hexagon and re-arranged them to make more sense. She has an exquisite sense of color. Caitlin, whose house it was at, had a nice spread of snacks, including freshly baked brownies, and she worked on Christmas stockings. Lisa and I did hand work–Lisa sewed together hexies and I worked on Step 3 of the Oh Christmas Tree QAL, which I already mentioned. We had a lively and interesting conversation, running from mid-century modern furniture to QuiltCon to Donald Trump.
I wanted to show everyone my newest flowers. There they are above, all prepped up, with fabric appliqued on three of them. And below, you can see my progress.
I sewed the backstitch around the orange fabric not only so you’ll think I’m so clever, but also to cover up some wonky appliqué. Okay, that’s the real reason. Then I just got going on it, and kept adding stitching.
On this one, I borrowed one of Wendy’s ideas for the center, then did “closed blanket stitch” for the green-on-red ring and then just a zig-zag backstitch with small French knots (3 wraps of the needle using size #12 pearl cotton) at each juncture. It’s really a layering sort of task. I add this stitch, and ask. . . now what? It also helped that the program I was watching, “Sagrada,” a documentary on La Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona, Spain was still going on. We’re headed there this year and I can hardly wait to see all of Gaudi’s surface decoration and bring home more ideas of what to put on these circles.
Lastly, I finished up two sets of bee blocks, the first for Linda of the Mid-Century Moderns. She asked for tiny churn dashes; these are measure 4″ finished. We were also supposed to make some unusual section but still keep the church dash recognizable. I wasn’t too inventive, switching around colors and turning corner blocks.
Mary of the Spelling Bee (#spellingbeequilt), an IG bee, asked for sewing words, then asked for us to add one more word. I wonder if that “i” is too long; I included extra fabric in case she wants to shorten it up.
Lastly, I thought you’d be happy to have some solid research behind our quilter’s habit of eating chocolate, from an article published March 4, 2016, in the Washington Post. Definitely need to keep up our visual-spatial memory and organization in order to keep sewing our quilts together!
10 thoughts on “Roaring into March”
Darn. I missed out on the comments. Sorry. I’m a little behind in reading the posts on this, given my work schedule. Sorry! Excited to get started on my circles/flowers. I’m heading off for retreat, where I have to focus on other projects. Will start after that. Or maybe tonight if I have some time. Looking forward to it. Need to look at the pattern to see if there is a size we are shooting for on the flowers. Yours are looking great!
Well, we could have talked for another hour about lots of things here too! I loved Sagrada when we were there in 2008! I believe that a lot more has been finished since then- I do remember lots of scaffolding inside! I’m going to watch the documentary you linked to!
I love all your little circles- your stitches are just perfect!
Maybe next time we chat we can share some chocolate and all its benefits! Or some fries…..
Not sure how I missed the extra word for Mary for the Spelling Bee – glad to have read this before I got too involved in my making!
Enjoy Spain- you’ll love the siestas too!
Is Charlotte the woman holding the quilt top? And it’s her third quilt ever? Did she design that piece? If so I must say she has amazing design sense. Very impressive!
Love the wool blocks, especially the orange one.
SO much going on in your world–and it all looks wonderful!
My, but you have a lot of irons in the fire. The bee blocks you’ve made are smashing, especially the word ones. And good for Laurel to be continuing the with Millefiori hexagons. I have a couple friends who started it, and within two months dropped out. Though I like it, I thought it was labor intensive, especially choosing fabrics that could so easily NOT go together! I’m excited for you to be traveling again this year. Spain will be an interesting place, and I have no doubt you will locate and photograph tons of architectural designs for quilt inspiration.
Your flowers are just so so pretty. We’re having a lesson on Sue Spargo style applique this week at our guild meeting. maybe I’ll finally take the plunge into some hand work.
You certainly are getting lots done! Loving your hexies and those churn dash blocks are amazing
Love all the flowers – Yours and Wendy’s in NZ – lovely.
Your flowers are stunning! Have you tried colonial knots? They make lovely consistent knots and are easy to do once you get the hang of which way to wrap the thread/take the needle!