A few months ago I was at a quilt shop and someone asked how
I got so much appliqué done. I told her my secret weapon for getting appliqué done
was that I had an IPOD…with audiobooks.
You see ever since I was a kid I have loved reading and
listening to stories. When I discovered audiobooks I thought I had died and
gone back to Kindergarten. More specifically Kindergarten story time….the
absolute best part of the day. So, I want to thank the techie universe for
making such things as IPODs and MP3 players because now I can sit and sew and
have lovely people read me stories.
Here are a few screen shots of what I’ve been listening to
I read this Diana Gabaldon book a few years ago. Lucky for
me I forgot much of it. Come to think of it maybe it’s a little PG-13 if you
know what I mean. The woman who reads it is really terrific. Notice that you
also see the hysterically irreverent David Sedaris and the very funny Julia
Sweeney in there as well.
I can’t recommend this version of The Chronicles of Narnia
too much. Each story is read by a really great actor. This is also a good one
for if you have kids around in case you’re worried about racy parts.
The best part is that they are LONG. Outlander is 33 hours
at least. Hmmm…I think I should be able to get through several Florabunda
blocks on that one. Now you know my secret.
Here are a few pointers for Block 3 that I wanted to point
First of all, when doing shapes that have inside curves like
the two parts to the large flower, I always press the inside curves first. I
should also point out that I also clip those curves as you can see.
Here is a time saving trick when making petals in which one
is the reverse of the other. I place the two pieces of fabric that I’m using
right sides together.
I draw the petal on one side.
After you cut it out, don’t forget your seam allowance, you
will have two petals which are the reverses of each other. I find that if I use
these scissors that I can cut four petals at a time.
Also, it really helps to pre-assemble the flowers before you
put everything together.
As promised here is Florabunda Block 3.The pattern has two formats. The first is a full size pattern (12” square you can download here) that you can save to a USB drive and take to a copy place to have printed. The other is a ¼ size drawing (download here) that should print on a regular printer. You can make 4 copies of this one and tape it together for a full size pattern.
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In honor of St. Patrick's day I'm sharing this photo I took in 2007 in Ireland. I didn't even have a "good" camera back then. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. You can see more pictures from that trip in my travel section.
Now I'm off to raid my sons closet for a green shirt. I thought the one I was wearing was green but I've been informed...it's blue. It was dark when I got up. I HATE daylight savings time.