Welcome to my quilting blog! My combined love of sewing and a degree in art brought me to quilting 25 years ago. I love all the various styles quilting encompasses - art quilts, traditional, woolwork, etc. I have designed my own art quilts and patterns and also love traditional designs (especially needle-turn applique!) So come along on my journey and let's see what quilts we can create.
So I finished the Fruit Bounty, aka Fruit Salad, block from the A Bountiful Life quilt. I really like this one becuase it reminds me that Spring and Summer will return after the bitter cold and snowy Winter we have had.
Here is my finished block. Isn't it pretty? I definitely made the right choice to go back and add the stems for the cherries. What was I thinking? I think I will also embroider some stems on those grapes. Once the block was complete, I hand washed it and dried it on a towel.
Once it was completely dry, I pressed it on a nice towel - face down. When I turned it over.. this is what I saw. OH NO!! Look at those wrinkles on that grape leaf!! UGH!!!!!
Does anyone know how to avoid this? What went wrong??
I tried pressing it again, startching it... nothing helped.
Here are some of close-ups of other parts of the block.
These grapes really are purple and not as bluish as they appear.
I am seriously considering getting the seam ripper out and re-doing that grape leaf. It bothers me everytime I look at the block. Don't you hate that when it happens? Any suggestions?
I haven't written a new post in couple of weeks so I have some catching up to do. We were away for the weekend, heading south to the Jersey shore for my father-in-law's 89th birthday. I took a nice walk along the beach, which was wonderful to do with all the snow we have had this winter. It was nice to get away to where there was not still 12" of snow on the ground and you could see the grass! It was in the mid-50's on Saturday!
I finished the Fruit Bounty block from the A Bountiful Life quilt in the car on Saturday. I like this one because reminds me that Spring and Summer will return!!!! More about that later.....
I have been looking forward to this next block. Next in the A Bountiful Life quilt is Ostrich Pair. I think this one is going to be a lot of FUN!
Here are some of the fabrics I have chosen. Male ostriches are are more colorful than the females, sporting black, pink, and white feathers, while the females have black and tan feathers.
Over the weekend we stopped in a convenience store and we picked up a bag of these potato chips. Zapp's New Orleans Kettle Style Voodoo chips. I love the packaging with the Voodoo dolls on the bag! The chips were really good too! We also tried the Dill Cajun chips - Gator Tators which were also excellent! YUM!!!
I didn't get a chance to post this yesterday because Blogger was having 'issues'. But that doesn't mean I wasn't stitching! I worked on the little baskets (sorry, no photos to share) and also on the next block in the A Bountiful Life quilt.
Fruit Bounty.. or as I prefer to call it, Fruit Salad!
I had already stitched the stems and pears. Then I decided yesterday morning that I really did need to add the cherry stems. I realized without them, the cherries would just be floating out there... which doesn't make sense, right?
These stems are tiny. Made with bias bars and then placed with a few dots of basting glue to hold them in place. Too small for pins. This makes them nice and flat for stitching.
You can see from the pattern, they really needed the stems!
Anyone who has read or followed my blog knows that I LOVE hand applique. But every once in a while I take a break to spend some time in front of my sewing machine doing some piecing. You know.. a change of pace, something different!
I started these little basket blocks (they are only 4" finished) before Christmas last year. The quilt is from the book Scrappy Firework Quilts by Edyta Sitar. I work on them when I feel I need some 'machine time'. Actually, I have seen this particular block also referred to as Cake Stand. What I am going to show you does make them a 'piece of cake' to complete. LOL
There are a lot of techniques and tools out there to make HST (half square triangles). But I find this way the easiest, quickest, and most accurate - especially when you need a 1" finished HST! And you need 400 of them!
So for the 1" finished blocks, you start with two 4" fabric squares (RST) and one template sheet. A pin in the middle to hold them together and you are good to go! Using a smaller stitch length, you just sew through the paper on the template, following the direction of the arrowed lines.
When you are done, you just cut on all the solid lines and pull off the paper. You have eight very precise HSTs all sewn in one step.
Trim the tails and they are ready to be pieced together!
Before you know it you will have a pile of perfect HSTs.
I also use the 2" finished templates for the basket base.
Soon you will have a nice assembly line of basket blocks!