One of the things I've been doing a LOT of lately is drawing. I wanted to explore ways to adapt some of my drawings to applique designs as a way to challenge my skills. This picture above is my first attempt and I like it. I used my normal starch and press technique and it took much longer than my usual blocks but it was worth it.
Here are some more of my drawings that I've been working with.
So, hello again. Here is a shot of my current project. I finished all the blocks for this and got them sewn together and realized that I didn't have much of those fabric left...which is kind of a bummer since I want to do an applique border. This requires a trip to the quilt shop...yaaaay! But it also requires time and patience, which are sometimes hard to find. Luckily for me a new quilt shop opened that is only 30 minutes from my house. Double lucky for me, they have an awesome collection of basics. So I am back in business with this quilt and starting to work on borders!
One thing this little hiatus from blogging taught me was that I am a "go slow" kind of person. Whenever I feel rushed I do not produce my best creative work. You think this would have been totally obvious to me since HAND APPLIQUE is kinda my thing. But, apparently the slowness also applies to me catching on to things as well.
Anyway, the patterns for all the blocks except the corners can be found here:
The corner blocks are free on the blog somewhere. Just start scrolling around and I am sure you will find them. Meanwhile I will start piecing the first border. I really have to go slow here or I might chop off part of my finger (don't laugh, I have done that more than once). After that, there will be an applique border.
Hello friends! I have been taking a little break from blogging but now I am happy to be back. This year I am going to try Illustration Friday as a way to make myself draw more. This week's prompt was tea so I drew this little illustration. I have quilting stuff to post too...soon!
Now that summer is officially over I thought I would let you in on a little surprise. Next year I'm doing a new kind of BOM. I'm working with my quilting buddy Kathy from Hill Street Quilts on a combined pieced and appliqued BOM. Kathy and I have worked together for year as editors so we thought it was time to collaborate on a quilting design.This block is the starting off point and I am so excited. I've been playing with fabric all weekend. I even found a new quilt store right by my house!
Stay tuned for more details!
In the mean time, you can visit here here (I think there is a super fun blog tour going on over there so don't forget):