Monday, September 22, 2008

It's Fall Already


My how time flies. I've been busy working, quilting, and doing my thing. I have been trying my hand at more applique. This small piece is from an orphan block that I promised to do something with for my guild UFO challenge. I am going to use it for a table topper in my kitchen. It was a hurry up practice piece.
The next project I tried came from a class taught by Mimi Dietrich. This was the first time I actually took a class or workshop about applique. Mimi provided the fabric and pattern for the center block and then I put on my own border of Mary Engelbreit fabric that I had in my stash. Mimi is a great teacher and is so patient. She gave us a lot a great hints. Some of the hints are in her book. Baltimore Basics.








Then I have been working on a large wallhanging for my four seasons collection. This one is for winter. It is about finished. Hopefully, I'll get it to the quilter this week. I am not really happy with it but I am determined to finish it. Perhaps it will be better when it is quilted. I wanted a white on white fabric for the background but couldn't find any that were "wintery" so I decided to use some white fabric that I bought by the bolt a while ago. The fabric frays quite a bit and does not seem to have much body unless I starch the heck out of it. I used blue fabrics so that the wallhanging could be used throughout winter not just Christmas.









I am going to be working on some small pieces for a while - not sure exactly what but I have decided to join a block swap being coordinated by Nannette at Freda's Hive. Each person will be making the little cottages for a Christmasy quilt.

6 comments:

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Thanks for talking about the swap on your blog. I know your blocks will be darling. Your work is always so good. I still need your email address! Thanks.

Eileen said...

ooo! I joined Nanette and Teri's swap too! Fun fun!

Did you get the FTM program for your tree? I was looking at them in Best Buy the other day.. but yikes.. they wanted $100 for it.

quilterpolly said...

I just got the e-mail and we are in the same group for the Christmas exchange swap:)
Can't wait to see everyones...
Polly

DiddleDaddleDesigns said...

Lovely work. We are in the same group for the Christmas block exchange. Should be so much fun.
Teresa

Purple and Paisley said...

i'm so glad you're in the block exchange! =)

JoAnne said...

Your applique on the heart flower wallhanging looks very nice - I think you've got it! Good job! And I love the ME border with it.