Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Sew-along updates: Cassandra's Circle and Fig Leaf and Flower

 

I am very thankful for the sew-a-longs I have been involved with this year. They have (for the most part) truly saved me from overthinking (I’ve actually done very little thinking at all in 2020) my quilting endeavors.

 I finished our 3-way (Barrister’s Block, Fun With Barb and me) medallion challenge fairly quickly because we kept it simple. We were all experiencing Covid brain! Now I just need to quilt it.

 Barbara Brackman’s (Civil WarQuilts) Cassandra’s Circle has kept me entertained with the wonderful stories that go along with each block. Here is my most recent block, Molly’s Cotton Boll. 


 My Sew-a-long with Dawn (Collector with a Needle) this year is with her new pattern, “Fig Leaf and Flower”. Dawn and her daughter create wonderful patterns of antique quilts in Dawn’s collection.

 One of the first things Dawn states is to “read the instructions thoroughly before cutting”. Makes perfect sense to me. Of course, if I had done that, I would not be in the predicament I am now. I backbasted and appliqued the stems, leaves, flowers and 183 of the 213 petals before I discovered that I had oriented my swirly vine in the wrong direction!  

I borrowed Dawn's image so I could show you what I mean. The pattern is supposed to orient like this on the center square: 


Funny, normally I would have wadded it up and put it in a drawer until my tears dried. But in all that has happened lately, this seemed so petty. I literally laughed out loud. It felt good to laugh, in fact I couldn’t stop! 

 So… I have to “start thinking” and come up with a clever way to salvage this center. At this point I think I will make this into a smaller quilt and go shopping for background fabric for round #2! See, there is a silver lining after all.

 Stay tuned for the next episode of “sewing in the fog”!

20 comments:

  1. I never would have noticed that, Wendy...you do such intricate and beautiful applique...I love watching how your quilts come together...hugs, Julierose

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  2. I think you could still put those tulip shapes in the corners and use it. Yes, it's different than the original but it's still lovely.

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  3. Oh wow! You're gonna have so much fun making this work, using all the important elements and in the end? It will be a YOU quilt for sure! It feels so good to laugh at ourselves these days. Glad you were able to do that rather than cry.:)

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  4. It took me a while to figure out what you thought was "wrong"--I think it's an easy fix--I'd put it on point and add corners, even if it's not the exact same fabric... I know--it's really out of your comfort zone.
    It's beautiful regardless! You did a beautiful job! SO many little tears!
    ;-)
    xxxx

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  5. I LOVE your cotton boll block - just gorgeous! I also think your fig leaf and flower is wonderful. I can relate to jumping into things without reading the directions - you were just excited to get started. I’m glad you could enjoy a good laugh. Have fun shopping ;0)

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  6. I'm sure you will finish it to make a beautiful quilt

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  7. You are an applique' godess! so many petals!!!! wow.
    I'm in awe of how much you get done my friend.
    Love your new Cassandra block. I love the boll block.

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  8. You can make it like a square in a square. That will set it on point again. I like it as it is. It will just be different.

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  9. salvage? surely you jest....looks gorgeous to me...call it a design detour...LOL

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  10. I spent an inordinately long time looking at the two photos trying to find what was different, but yes it's there but maybe like Shirley said, set it on point somehow. It's just so beautiful what you have stitched and such intricate applique. I'm sure you'll sort it.

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  11. I'm with you about covid brain and not trying to think too hard, but I'm betting you'll easily come with a solution for the center block. It's beautiful.

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  12. Love that red background with the bright blue applique on it. Good choice.
    I don't see anything wrong with your version of Dawn's pattern. You have just tweaked the pattern to your own design.

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  13. Gorgeous applique, Wendy! Love your cotton boll block and ALL THOSE petals in your center square. Wow! Just amazing! I don't always read instructions ahead of time either :)

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  14. well right or wrong it looks great........love the curve effect.......

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  15. Oh, what a lot of work to have it wrong, Wendy. Isn't there some way you can cut off some corners and add other corners to change the orientation? But then sometimes (for me, at least) it's more work to figure that out than just redoing it.
    Molly's Cotton Boll is gorgeous. I love how you use color and fabric!

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  16. Definitely think the block can be saved. It may be more improvisational than the original, or you may have to add fabric and tweak the size of the center block, but it's do-able! Can't wait to see what you decide to do!

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  17. The Cotton Boll block is so striking--that blue almost looks electric against the red.
    I agree with the early comments that you could use this as is. It is far too beautiful (and far too much work) to redo it. Add those flowers (or tridents, or whatever they are) to the corners--just need longer stems (or handles). Then you can proudly display an original variation of a vintage quilt. Don't you love to make your version of something unique to you? So you already have. :)

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  18. Your colors are fabulous - save and use your fig leaf block! You can improvise! Love the cotton boll block.

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