has been all about applique.
I couldn't decide if I wanted to join the new BOM over at Sentimental Stitches or not. She is doing an applique quilt from 1857 and giving out the patterns free for the month they are introduced. There are 64 blocks in the quilt so this would be a long term commitment. I printed out the patterns and
I saw that Lori of Humble Quilts had finished the 3 blocks for January and was reminded that I needed to make a decision or I would soon be three blocks behind. At first I thought I would have to use the same red, green, and cheddar fabric throughout. I knew I didn't have enough of any one piece for the whole quilt. I am really into using up what I already have and not buying more right now.
Hey wait! I could dig into my vast Jo Morton stash and use whatever colors I wanted. Jo Morton fabrics seem to always go together no matter what you choose. "It's like magic." (quote from Sleepless in Seattle - ha!)
But, unfortunately, I didn't have a good single piece of background fabric so I did have to purchase something else. I love it though, it is Hollyhocks by Jo Morton 7750 Color RY.
Now, don't go buy it all up, I need some more...................
I finished the goofy flower block yesterday. (What kind of flower is this supposed to be anyway? It's like nothing I've ever seen.) It was a tricky little stinker to applique too, let me tell you. I need to put the diamonds in the corners and go on to the other 2 blocks so I'll be ready a week from today to copy the patterns for the next three.
The other applique I was involved in was for my "When the Cold Wind Blows" quilt. I stitched down the stems on the "Coxcombs" on the left and prepped the "Rose Hips"block on the right. The greenery at the top of the hips remind me of mustaches. These blocks are so big (I know I've complained about that before) and so they take extra time and room to prep. Laurie Simpson of Minick & Simpson just finished her version, it's lovely
I sewed this bird, a star, and finished a tree on the first block for "Sleigh Bells" by Jan Patek. I just need to sew on all the windows on the church and finish another star to be done. It shouldn't take too long if I don't get distracted by the other projects again!
Hope everyone has been able to dig out from the weekend storms. We got about 6 inches of snow last night after it had rained all day.