I have used YLI 100 weight silk thread on the top and Wonderfil Invisifil in the bobbin. A nice combination. For some reason I always make smaller shapes then I intend to, I really have to concentrate to get nice large shapes. I am filling in with circles, as there are so many applique circles in this quilt. Feathers are my favorite, so I have added them in randomly around the applique. I also have ideas of quilting a few birds in the border, but it’s early days at this stage so will see how it looks when I get to the border.
Berries and Blossoms is basted and ready for the first stitch. I always find a great deal of expectation lies on the first stitch placed. My mind is racing with ideas, and expectations ! Starting with ditch stitching around the applique with Wonderfil Invisafil thread in a neutral shade in the top and bobbin. I will change the colour to ditch stitch inside the applique shapes and make them stand out. I love to see how this makes the applique come alive.
Here goes my first stitch.
Do you feel like this when you start quilting your quilts ?
Its an applique day today, making an early start while the rest of the house sleeps. My faithful Kitty Kat is here to help.
I have spent snippets of time in between spending time with family, making all these circles and flowers for the borders of my quilt. 160 circles on the border alone, but well worth it as they really look great. The borders are basted and all ready to be stitched down. I am stitching my applique invisibly by machine, although it is faster it is a little tedious at times. A good audio book keeps me going, I have been listening to ‘The Summer Girls’ by Mary Alice Munroe.
My Star Flower Table Runner Pattern will be in the Autumn issue of Quilt Mania Magazine. Along with the pattern is a short video on the placement of the center flower. Anyone who had purchased this pattern previously may be interested in this video, you can find it on U-Tube. The video will also be shown on the Quilt Mania + app for portable devices. With this app you can download your magazine and read it on the go, with the project they have a small video on the techniques used etc. I love this app and find it great to be able to have access to all this extra information that goes with the project.
I have not done a video before so this is all new to me and I might add a little scary to know that it’s out there in cyberspace for all to see. haha It was a lot of fun to make, and a good way to show different techniques etc.
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Snowed under in bookwork lately and no time to quilt, don’t you hate paper work. I thought I would take a wee break and share some pictures of my Blackberry Ramble Table Runner. The pattern is now available as a downloadable PDF.
Maybe you have already seen this table runner as it has also been in Quilters Companion magazine earlier this year.
I have had this applique quilt on the go for a while now. I have got a little stuck with it’s progress, I need to kick start myself along with it as the top is almost finished. Only three more borders to applique.
And all those circles to make ……………. 120 more to go.
I started with these fabrics. Pulled from my stash, I have been wanting to use these reproduction fabrics I have been collecting. Love that purple !!!
This is the first flower and I’m loving it.
This is the first block, pleased so far. But oooh a lot of circles.
A rough picture of the four blocks together, I have been wanting to make a four block applique quilt for sometime now. I think it may need some kind of border ?
You can just see in the next picture the diamond border I have put around the four centre blocks. Now for the applique border, I have one corner stitched down so far.
Now I need to get on a finish the other three corners. I am also planning an edge around the quilt to finish it.
My favorite fabric so far is that green and brown print in the leaves. Amazing how the fabrics you are not so keen on end up making such a difference.