Friday, October 8, 2010

Block #8...done

I've gotten block #8 finished. The urn took quite a while because of the fussy reverse applique.

I placed red behind the three main flowers...and peach behind the urn. I added the circles on the urn with applique, but wish I had done them the same as the rest of the urn. The dark fabric shows through them a bit?

You may want to keep that in mind when you do your block?

I was asked how I'm getting these blocks done so fast and I'm convinced it's because of the way I prep my applique. Here's a link to a little tutorial I did when doing the Princess Feather quilt.


  1. Ann are you sure you are not just wonder undering these down? You are so fast and they look beautiful together, congratulations on your progress!

  2. I love your colors and fabric choices, I really like how you posted the pictures of your blocks together. Can't wait to see what you do next., your urn is amazing.

  3. Ann, these are just beautiful! And look so nice together. Could you give us some pointers on how you are making sure they all coordinate so nicely? It is what I struggle with most.

  4. Donna..I'm trying to have the blocks that sit across from each other (excluding the center block) mirror the color/fabric choices somewhat, although not exactly.
    That's probably most obvious in the top row corner blocks? In the block I just finished, if you look closely you'll see that the peach under the urn is used under the flower in the top middle block above it, and some of the flower buds repeat the same fabrics.
    I'm also trying to get at least one piece of each color in every the bottom right block where I added very small blue circles to the design just so I could incorporate the blue.
    For color placement within a block I try to have them form a triangle rather than a straight line or square. An example of that in this block that's most obvious is the two leaves with blue near the top of the block that form a triangle with the blue of the urn.

    This seems to work for me? I need a way to help me decide what colors to use because I just can't seem to make random work? :)

  5. Can't you cut the dark fabric behind the circles away if yo think it shows through? But I don't see anything showing through.
    Do you sew by hand or machine?
    Keep up the good work!

  6. Ann, I can't believe how quickly you are getting these blocks finished! You must never sleep... You blocks are gorgeous!!!

  7. Doh! I guess I could cut the fabric behind the circles away? I hadn't thought of that Francoise. That's why this blog is so nice..a sharing of information?
    I sew by hand. I think the way I prep my appliques cuts down on the time quite a bit?

  8. Ann, they are gorgeous!! Whatwonderful fabric choices and fussy cutting. I'm going to be like you when I grow up!! Can't wait to see what's next.

  9. Ann, Just how do you prep your appliques to cut down on the time?
    Your work is absolutely fabulous!
    I keep resisting buying this pattern but I am getting weaker and weaker.

  10. Fabulous, your blocks are stunning Ann - your method with the fabric choosing definitely makes for an excellent result.

  11. Holy smokes, Ann!?!?!? Utterly FABULOUS!!! : )

  12. Wow, what a block Ann! Wonderful fabrics, love the vase. You're doing great!! One more to go and you're done with the centre blocks. Your blocks look very cohesive - you are doing a stunning job Ann. I love your tutorial too! Kim McL

  13. Ann, the blocks are playing very well together!! They all positively sparkle, but one doesn't outshine the other -- no sibling rivalry! LOL Gorgerous, as usual! I'm clanking away on Circuit Rider so I can get crackin' on Roseville -- I don't want you to be the only non-random person here! LOL
    Mary Lou

  14. Your blocks all look wonderful. You are speedy. Thanks for the link to your tutorial, I enjoyed reading thru it and will have to give this method a try.
    Happy Stitching,

  15. I've just looked at the Link for your Prep work..I've realized too that Stems should be done first..Great Tip on the Basting from the Top..I will try that for my next Lollipop Block..Thanks so much.

  16. Again ... wonderful Ann! I think you are being a tad too hard on yourself - let me know when it is all finished and quilted up! I really think the 9 blocks like this would make a great wall-hanging!
    Hugs - Lurline♥

  17. Super fabulous Ann, it's such a pleasure to see them together to see how the colours are looking. I do much the same as you with balancing the colours so I'm glad to hear you explain that. Every time you post a new block, I feel inspired to start but I mustn't just yet.

  18. just gorgeous, I am working on the vase with the reverse app now. your link will be helpful. My issue with reverse app is getting all those pieces to look alike ...You did amazing turning. Keep up the beautiful work