My December block for the
Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album quilt. I rarely make quilts from published
patterns and I must admit I have struggled a bit with this one. It isn’t
because it is complicated. I am just making it difficult by trying to be true
to the pattern and trying to make my own minute changes at the same time. Let’s
face it, I have already made the biggest change by choosing my “cheddar”
background. I do hope Esther would is looking down on me with a wink on that
choice. Somehow I think we might be kindred spirits. After all my favorite
block is the whimsical “Liberty Tree” – need I say more?
I backbasted this one just to
make sure I didn’t miss one of those tiny buds. I will also share a helpful
hint in the applique of those tiny stems. Whenever I have a fabric change in
such a tiny spot as in these little stems I machine piece (with extra tiny
stitches) the two fabric together before cutting my appliques. It reduces lots
of bulk when you come to that intersection.
I have also been quilting the last two pineapple blocks. I adore this yellow. I bought this fabric in 1993 in St. Bart's. I mentioned in an earlier post that my husband travels to the Caribbean (for work) in the late Fall for boat shows. I think it may be time for me to go down next year for a little fabric shopping!
I also made two tops for our
Veteran’s Quilts project. I will take them to another volunteer for machine
quilting. We have a few quilt angels in our group who longarm the tops which
gives me more time to piece them.
And, Audrey has inspired another
of my non blogging friends to join in the Quilty 365 sew-a-long.
Charlotte has started hers with some 1930’s reproductions and they are
adorable. I am so enjoying this. I love waking up to a little circle applique
each morning. It’s like my daily vitamin!