Progress! In fact, the next three days will be “real time”. The leaves on this block took 10 days. Last night I added the green “buds”…..makes it look like more is happening! This morning I prepared and placed the red buds on the green pieces….a second color adds a spark! So tonight I will sew the red buds on and start the green circle. I’ll let you know if I’m keeping up!
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About ten days ago I started the third block for the quilt. Once I got started, it was fun to create the green leaves. When I was on retreat, I marked the leaves on the back of the background fabric, placed a square of green on the right side, pinned, and then machine stitched (with my dear Featherweight) exactly on the lines. I trimmed 1/4” around the machine stitches, then clipped them and turned the seam allowance under. Back Basting Techinque! The tough part is the deep inside curves, but that is now done! Maybe there will be some more progress tomorrow!
Yesterday I showed two blocks done. They are my favorite two blocks. I love stems and leaves and flowers. The next two blocks start with stitching the big oak leaves. So here’s what happened….my eyes were tired and I just didn’t want to applique these tedious pieces…lots of inner and outer curves. So I procrastinated once more! I started appliqueing the borders….big green swags, easy red streamers, and then some challenging bow loops. Here’s the four borders, each one with step-by-step pieces. Top one…marked with a pencil…everything but the corner swags that get marked when the quilt is together. Next, green swags, then red streamers, lastly just two bow loops (the others go on after the corner swags). Thinking in a sequence!
One of these blocks was made in February 2020, before our quilters retreat, before the world changed. I took the second one to retreat and prepared some of the pieces, brought them home, and started to applique around March 10. The second block is now done! The fun thing about these two blocks is that they look the same, but are mirror images of each other. I made the patterns by enlarging 1/4 of a block in the quilt photo from yesterday. I then used that quarter to copy it and make the full block. When I posted the whole quilt photos yesterday, I realized that there are some slight differences in the blocks. It’s fun to notice it now and this is the way it will be!
Yes! I have been quilting! At the beginning of March, our Village Quilters had a retreat in Ocean City. I think we were very lucky that we had that safe time together, and because we had all of our meals in the same hotel, we didn’t go out visiting to other places. So I finished some projects, made backings for quilts, and took them to have them machine quilted. They are not in the house now. But here’s what I’ve been working on …..there was a small historic crib quilt in my exhibit. I made one for me, but I also wanted to make one for the museum. Here are pictures of the historic quilt and my darker version. I will show you parts of the newer one tomorrow….it takes longer to make something a second time!
Spring this year is gorgeous! Our tree is beautiful and the blossoms lasted until the wind blew them all down like pink snow. Daffodils, tulips, cherry blossoms, sunshine, blue sky. What a wonderful world!
When life gets tough, quilters often react by doing what we love…we love to sew. I’ve been sewing all morning, and as I sent fabric under the needle of the sewing machine, it occurred to me that this is really a picture of what prayer looks like. Hugs and prayers to all the nurses, doctors, medical personnel, patients, and caregivers out there. May you all know how much we appreciate you as you wear your masks.