Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Center piece finished

The blocks is washed and ready to being squared up.

I am attending a course in needleturn applique here.

It is so much fun to just play with your needle and fabric.
No Starch, no basting and no fingerpressing.

It is almost like magic :)


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hello every one

This is my block 8 from the lollipops. I'm already sewing my 9th and final block and also keeping busy with sewing the sashings.
I'll have to wait at least until the kids are going back to school on september 1st before i can prep the borderblocks.
Also already thinking hard what quilt i will start next.

I hope you have fun doing whatever you do.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

This is it!!!

I added an outside border. I'm happy with it now. Thanks for all your comments and suggestions.

Two More Lollypop Blocks



Somethings going on with my flash - these look better in person.

Also! I finally made it over to Island Quilter on Vashon Island, Washington.  What a lovely shop and SO many Kaffe fabrics.  I bought bunches:

-Summer @ Summer's Snippets

I pulled out my Flower Garden quilt to work on again. Thought you might like to see my next block!
I also was wondering how do you audition your fabrics for each block?

I usually cut squares/rectangles of the pieces I am considering using and pin them where they will go, look at it for awhile then start tracing and now I need to thread baste the pieces down. the green on the left will be my stems...


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Flower Pots top finished

At last my finished Flower Pots quilt top. The picture quality isn't the best cause it is just too big for my design wall but it is finished and I love it.  A big thank you too everyone who has commented and posted on this blog.  Everyone's work is so inspiring.  And thanks especially to Kim, who not only created these beautiful patterns but who continues to give advice and comment on our work.  It is thrilling to me to know that she is looking at my work!  Hope to get this quilted soon ... now what is next Roseville Album or Flower Garden or maybe another, I can't wait to start.  Oh and any suggestions for how to quilt this?  I am thinking of outlining the applique and then a small filler for the background and nothing in the sashing.  Any thoughts?

Friday, August 19, 2011

3 more

3 steps closer to the finish. And 3 more to sew, before I can sew the center together.

It´s truly an adventure into needleturn applique.
But so much fun!


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Top panel Flower Pots

Here is the top panel of my Flower Pots quilt.  I have been busy putting the top together and will post it soon.  Today I had a bit of a mishap while trimming the panels.  I was trimming the final borders of appliqued circles and realized that on one of the borders it was not straight and some of the circles were too close to the edge on one side.  Fortunately it could be fixed by removing the circles and shifting them about 3/8 in but it was pretty frustrating.  I think trimming down the applique blocks is my least part of quilting.  So scary after all that work, one wrong move and disaster.  Anyway, that slowed down my final assembly by several hours but I still love the quilt and all is well now.
Heather,  The Happy Appliquer  (no I'm not always happy, but applique makes me happy!)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

"Sueville Album" top is together

Here is my completed "Sueville Album" top! I used the star blocks from Stars and Sprigs as inspiration for my border treatment. To keep with the RA theme, I designed applique blocks for the corners using some elements from Kim's pattern with twists of my own once again. I am so pleased with how it came out. I plan to bind the finished top in the blue polka dot but would like input as to whether I should add another 2" border of the polka dot before adding the binding. What do you all think? Will that be too much blue polka dots?? Thank you Kim for your beautiful designs - they are so much fun to work with. Thank you also for following the blogs and embracing our alterations to your designs with such enthusiasm and support. Now I have to decide which one to do next!!

Right side panel of Flower Pots

Here is the other side panel of my Flower Pots quilt.  I am not actually appliquing as fast as these posts would indicate.  Most of the applique has be finished for a while as I started this in January.  However once I was able to post (thanks again Janet) I got excited about this quilt again and am now busy putting it all together.  I should have the finished top ready to show you soon.  Thank you Kim for these wonderful patterns and inspiration - I am having such fun

Monday, August 15, 2011

A side panel and some assembly

Here is one of the finished side panels  of my Flower Pots quilt. These light and bright colors are really fun to work with the quilt just seems so happy.  I spent yesterday cutting out all the little squares and starting to put it together.  LOTS of cutting but well worth it.
Back to the sewing room.

Heather,  The Happy Appliquer

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Friday, August 12, 2011

Roseville Block 2

This is my second block.

I am more happy about this block, regarding the stitches.
Perhaps it is because I now use size 12 needle.

I am using Karen Kay Buckley's Perfect Circles.


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Flower Pots, Bottom Panel

This is my finished bottom panel of the Flower Pots quilt.  I feel like with this panel I was starting to get a feel for using the Kaffe fabrics.  It was lots of fun fussy cutting all the little circles and I loved the butterflies too. I better start cutting out all the little squares so I can start putting bits together soon.

Monday, August 8, 2011

It took more than a year, but

I have finished my first Roseville Album panel.

Thank you to Kim and Liza for the kindness and support that you each have given during this past year.  And, Janet...HUGS to you Sensei!!!  Your dedication and amazing talent has allowed this blog to GROW and flourish!!!

I am tickled to bits with the works and shared experiences fostered within this community of stitchers.  : )  Even the spin off blogs are quite miraculous, aren't they?!?!?  Though I do not comment and post with regularity, know I watch and read and try to keep up to date.  I am in AWE with this blog space and that of our sister blogs as well!!!  I never would have imagined such interest, enthusiasm, encouragement and acceptance.

Thank you one and all for sharing here.  <3
Piecefully, Pam

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Roseville block 1

Here is my contribution to this blog.

I was very happy, that Janet got it all work out,
so I could join this group of talentet Quilters.
Thank you for that! Its is truly an honor.

I am doing Roseville, and here is my first block

The hardest part for me, is to choose the right color thread to match the fabric.
I dont have that many different colors. Yet. But I am working on that.

My first Roseville Album block finished

I decided to change the vase completely. Thank you for all the suggestions made on my blog. I went with the red fabric, which was the most popular choice. For the reverse applique I used Plink. (Thank you for your suggestion, Kim)

I am in the process of choosing fabrics for my next 2 blocks. I love working with these fabrics!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Four corner blocks

I have finally finished the four corner blocks of the Roseville quilt. I decided that I would do these first so that I could leave the fun of the panels until the end.

I am sorry the pictures look as if they are on different backgrounds - they aren't. It is all white with the mint green dots.

I am in the middle of another large applique project as well so it may take some time to complete any of the panels but I will keep you posted.

It is so wonderful to see all the exquisite work that you are all doing. My new machine is going to be marvellous for all this applique, just need more practice to perfect the technique I think!!

Louisa from Wandsworth, England

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The second block

Here is the second middle block from Flower Pots.  I am not thrilled with the fabric choices in this block but as the quilt progresses it should look better.  I really hate unstitching and replacing fabric and in following the blog I have discovered that it is best to just leave things alone to see the overall picture.  I still like the colors but find that working with these fabrics is more tricky than I expected - but so much fun!

Heather, The Happy Appliquer

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Lollypop love

It all began with admiring the quilts on this gloriousapplique blog. Then I bought the pattern for the Lollypop Tree quilt and a little bit later a quiltstore in Holland started a Kim McLean club. I decided to join this club together with a friend. It became more and more fun to work on the Lollypop Tree blocks and to buy those gorgeous fabrics to work with.

Last month I started the blog Kim McLean in Holland, but I’m very happy to be able to show my work on this blog now as wel, thanks to Janet!!

I downsized the pattern to 70% of the original and the blocks I work on are downsized to 75%, so the appliqued forms fill have a bit more space around them. The squares in the sashings will therefore be made at 1,5" finished and I understood it’s better to start cutting all those little squares now!!


Hello at last

Hi everyone.  I discovered this wonderful blog about 7 months ago and was delighted and amazed by all the beautiful quilts. Seeing Kaffe's fabrics used this way opened me up to a new way of looking at his fabric and suddenly I was ordering the pattern for Flower Pots and adding new fabrics to my stash.  I am thrilled to finally be able to join in the fun of posting (thanks Janet for all your work).  Here is one of the center blocks and I love the happy colors.
Heather in Georgia
The Happy Appliquer

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Old Brights

Kim, wondering if you could post a photo of your Old Brights.
Would love to see it, a fantastic quilt.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Quilt name...

Thank you for all the lovely comments about my quilt top, some have asked about the pattern name.

It is only available in the book called: Fabrics of Society by Dr. Annette Gero, it is a pattern by Kim and called " Old Bright ", the original quilt is hanging in a Museum here in Perth WA and called the Sarah Evans quilt.

Hope this information is some help to you.

Have a great day
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Flower Garden Blocks

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