Sunday, January 18, 2009

Progress report

Friday's block wasn't technically a block. It was rail fence sashings for the stupid tea cup quilt and it was seriously 3 strips of fabric sewn together. So I did it, but I modified it. Once I'd sewn 3 strips together I cut them up into triangles and made spider web blocks out of them.
For the season's miniature quilt swap I need to make a green quilt representing summer. My idea is to do a beachy scene, all out of green, with a pieced sky, water, sand and beach umbrellas. I want to use the spiderwebs for my umbrellas.
There wasn't a block for yesterday or today, just a picture of another quilt. So yesteterday morning I drew and machine appliqued a cross block. Currently the block is 12.5" but when I'm all done doing the machine applique I'm going to trim it down and put a border around it so it isn't so stark. I have NO idea how I'm going to machine zigzag stitch around the little blue flowers, it will take an extreme amount of patience! I drew the cross on a piece of paper, then cut it out and traced it onto iron on wonder under stuff. Then ironed that onto the back of the fabric, cut it out and ironed it onto my background. I was EVER SO thankful that while we were dating Tony bought me a hot pink pocket knife shaped razor blade. It was wonderfully useful for cutting out the little shapes in the inside of the cross. I wouldn't have been able to do it with scissors or my rotary cutter!

I threw together the seam for the water and sand part of my green quilt. I don't know why but I cannot get the sand to show up the correct color, it is a greeny yellowy sandy color, honestly!

I laid my "umbrellas" out on it and it's not quite what was in my head.

I then started working on my pieced sky. I've never done foundation piecing, but how hard can it be right? The look is what I was going for but now I think it might overwhelm the rest of the quilt? Still, I have 5 more pieces (I think) to piece like this then we will see. When I get the quilt components all sewn together I'm going to square it to 20", so I will look some of the width and length of things. I figured it was best to work a little large in a way I could square smaller later than start out smaller and run out of room!

And yes, I know how dirty my ironing board cover looks. It's stained, I did wash it a little while back. Thank you for pointing that out. : )


  1. Oh wow the cross is so pretty and I love the flowers looks like bluebonnets! Cross looks celtic, and I love both. I like your green little blocks too. They are very neat. I can't wait to be able to sew again i am taking my crochet hook and yarn. By the way Mekenzei LOVES her gloves. She can't believe you knew how to spell her name right. LOL- if kids only knew....

  2. What about appliquing beach towels?

  3. Its all beautiful! you do wonderful work. I think you need to go look into the mirror and say Des your quilts are wonderful and you do wonderful work!!! Do that at least 3 times a day or more till you get it!!! Silly girl God Bless and huggs

  4. How about little appliqued or embroidered unbrella rods (& the part that sticks out of the top). That'll give it depth too. I really like how it is turning out so far. I did a similar concept last summer... (scroll down)