Thursday, December 30, 2010

Hello Hello

It seems like forever since i last posted or commented on the blog as to how glamorous your blocks and quilts are.

I am now upto block 7 but after putting the blocks together i had to unpick some of the shapes and do them in a different colour as they would clash or simply not gel and of course i haven't appliqued them down yet i was itching to complete this block.

So here is block 3

Sorry for the bad quality of the picture photography isn't my forte.

Anyway must fly may you all have a great and Happy New Year and looking forward to seeing all the beautiful Kim Mac quilts completed next year.

Adele in OZ


I'm back to sewing again, for about 2 weeks working on and off on the right side panel of Roseville. I have all the birds done using the geometric fabrics and now will use the florals for all the circles and leaves.
I took a close up to show the floral I used for the face of the cat, can you see the eyes and nose? Many of the dot fabrics were centered to give an illusion of eyes.
I have basted the tree onto background and sewed only where needed and will finish it when I get all the leaves on.
Next posting will be when it is finished.

Just finished the right side panel

I just finished the right side panel on my Roseville Album quilt.
Please forgive my photography. It's not my strong suit! LOL

This panel was fun to do. I added just a few extra circles, and changed the size of the cat.

I've started working on the top left corner block, and once done I can join the left side panel to the rest of the top.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

I'm a newbie!

I received my first Kim McLean applique kit for Christmas!  My kids had asked me what I wanted for Christmas, and I said that I wanted Kim's Lollypop Trees.  I asked them for either the pattern OR the fabric kit.  (My kids are all grown and gone!)  They surprised me with the pattern and the fabric!  I am so excited to start, but have 2 other things I am making myself get done before I start the Lollypop Trees.  Hopefully I can get started within the next month!  Wish me luck!!


Block #3

I just finished block #3

The First Five

Block 1

Hoping you all had a wonderful Christmas & that Santa brought you all you wished for, I was fortunate to receive more KF fabrics amongst my gifts to add to my ever growing stash :)

Block 2

Block 3

Block 6 layout

I tend to pick out, cut & prepare all the fabrics for the pieces of which ever block I'm working on in one session. Then to help me remember their placement, take a photo of the layout which I set as the desktop background on my laptop for quick reference.

Block 4

I've been having great fun making up these Lollipop Trees (am now addicted to fussy cutting!) & never get bored as they are all so different.......... here lies the secret of Kim's patterns!

Block 5

Wishing you all a happy, healthy & prosperous 2011 with lots of stitching time :)

Monday, December 27, 2010

My first post

I have long been a fan of KM's work. I love her colours and funky shapes. So when the Lollypop trees first came out I bought the pattern and a starter pack. I decided I wanted a bit of depth to the design so chose the chocolate aboriginal dots as a background. I cut out all the main shapes, basted the 16 large blocks, and then got distracted and forgot about it. I guess that was about 2 years ago. Your inspirational work as displayed on the blog inspired to pull it out and start sewing! Haven't got far yet but a start is better than no start.

I hope you are having a peaceful Christmas break.

Cheers, Deb
I am so sorry about the lay-out. I tried several times to make it work but apparently the computer has a mind of its own and i want to spent my time sewing, not fighting with a machine.


Hello all of you fellow followers of Kims,

I hope you all had a wonderful Xmas, and now are ready for the ending of the old and the start of a new year ful of wonderful things to do, discover and enjoy? I know i am.
I hope what i am about to do is oké. I got this wonderfull book as a Xmas present from my family.

I opened the book and admired page after page of wonderfull quilts and then got to page 175. And there it was : the original Lollipops quilt.

Kim, i absolutely love and admire what you did with the original. It shows great imagination to do what you did with it. And now i love this quilt even more since i know it is the interpretation of an antique one. Or is that being snob?

Friday, December 24, 2010

Bright and Merry Holiday Greetings!!!

Dear Friends,

What an amazing gift this journey is.  I can not begin to express what the Glorious Applique blog, and each one of you means to me.  Thank you for sharing here, for being an integral and vital part of this evolving applique community, for your continued interest, support and wealth of kindly exchanged experiences and knowledge.

Daily, this little space enriches my life.  I feel very fortunate to be a part of such a vibrant and dynamic group of needle-folk!  ; )  What a privilege.

My heartfelt thanks and appreciation is extended to each and everyone who participates, visits, comments, posts and lurks here.  Merry Christmas and blessed holiday wishes to you and yours.  May you find some sewing treasures under your tree or tucked with love and care into your stocking...

Piecefully, Pam  

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Where to start?

I've found a background fabric and I'm ready to get started. I want to try Liza's front basting method and I want to start with an easy block. I'm going to be doing Kim's Roseville Album; which block would be the best one? Mind you, I'm kinda chicken here. ;)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Happy Holidays To Everyone

Have a very happy holiday to everyone, have great food, lots of laughter, a bit of rest & most important - a lot of sewing time! Be safe , and a fantastic year ahead.
The weather forecast here in Queensland is for rain on Christmas day, so no sitting in the balcony but it will make cooking the turkey easier!
Have enjoyed this blog immensely this year, I've learnt a lot of things too and hope you're all be here again in the new year. You're all such lovely people!! Cheers, Kim McLean


Happy Holidays to all our friends at Glorious Applique. We wish for you all good health, good eats, and lots of time to sew.

From the elves at

Saturday, December 18, 2010


Yee ha, the top is finished and it's glorious! The blinkers were the biggest help to get this one done by Christmas.
I do like the green and yellow start twinkling in the top right corner in Australia's colours. Not deliberate, just a happy coincidence.
Thank you Kim for releasing your amazing patterns, this one was a pleasure from the begining.

You should be able to click on the photos for a bigger view. The top is 96" square and I think a bit big for hand quilting so I'll be basting this one up and machine quilting although I'm going to try and not make that too dense so as to keep some softness about it.
Happy cherry, joyous holidays to you all.

Friday, December 17, 2010

1st block done

Hello roseville fans,

May I present my first block of this fabulous quit. It took some time before I actually managed to get his block ready, fell down stairs and broke my foot, but here it is. I had a great time making this block, not too sure if I want to fussy cut or not. That process would take enormous amounts of fabric and I didn't buy that much in the States. If you look closely you can see that I cross stitch around the edges, don't like doing traditional applique, guess I'm a cross stitcher at heart. I just love this type of work and the added bonus of being a part of this blogging community is fantastic. Do any of you know of any other groups doing this type of project? I'm already a part of the Civil War Bridal Quilt and I would like to know of any other groups, so keep me updated. I'm looking forward to getting block 2 done, I think that I will use the same glittery fabric for all the vases, I'm a blingy type of girl!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The last parts.

It's been a joy ride doing the Stars and Sprigs. I'm very happy to say that I've completed the fourth border and the last two stars that will go on the ends. I'm saving the joining to the rest of the top for another day very soon just so I can make it last that little bit longer. What a happy time I've had sewing this and really the borders were the best part, they're just so exhuberant.
I'll be back when I have the whole top together.

More Lollypop Trees

I have finished nine  of my Lollypop blocks.  I was really going strong and then along came Thanksgiving, A trip out of town and now Christmas.  I hope to get back to it soon.  Merry Christmas everyone.

Stars and Sprigs 13-16

The photo above has the appliqué blocks 13, 14, and 15 for the Stars and Sprigs quilt that I am making. As you can see, I also made a few more stars. I have cut about 15 stars; but I am sewing them thinking of light and dark star as needed. My blocks are looking like a garden through the seasons. Some reminds me of spring, others summer, and quite a few of fall.
The photo below is block 16 all pined and ready to sew. I usually look at the photo of Kim's quilt that came with the pattern and try to find the block I am working on. When I looked at her picture, I noticed that her block 16 has an extra leaf that is not in this pattern. See the orange flag? That is the leaf that I added. Kim gave us hundreds of leaves to choose from; but I had to draw my own for that spot. Just feels like my connection to Kim's genius. I have also started my first border. It only has brown twigs so far; and it is looking a lot like my real garden -all winter.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

At last!

Hello all! I can finally stick my head up here to show you a Lollypop Trees block. After seeing the Lollypop Trees quilt at Kaffe's booth at quilt market, I decided I wanted to do Lollypop Trees with the black aboriginal dot as a background. I have had many thoughts on background since I've owned the pattern. Sigh. I recently had a lot of sitting down time and had to grab a hold of what was ready to sew. I won't even tell you how long I've had this block ready to stitch. I am glad I had a glorious design and beautiful fabric with which to stitch! It was fun to do and, well, just what the doctor ordered so to speak. Some sitting time was left over, so I stitched a little on a Roseville Album block too. Hopefully I will have more to come sooner rather than later. Happy stitching, everyone!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Houston Baltimore Album Quilts

OK, Kim. Try this link again. The Quilt Show has posted the Baltimore Album quilts again. Enjoy the show!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Catching Up

We'll, I've been remiss in posting my blocks, so figured I better get something up soon, as I have the first three done. I'm having so much fun with the fabrics, although it is a bit of a struggle getting the right balance with the colors. I'm finding it so addictive I've left all my other projects by the wayside! Sorry the blocks are so rumpled, but they have traveled around lately.

Here's Rufus studying the pattern to help with fabric selections for Block 4. :)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Block #2

Finally finished my second block. Can't believe the patience I have with this project. I am enjoying the journey so much I surprise even myself! It is because of you all, your notes and your photos of your progress that this journey is so special and keeps me going. blog has a wonderful Smile box of the Baltimore Exhibit in Houston. Kim, your Roseville looks great!
Thank you for sharing!


As promised i'm showing the update on my Lollipops : my (very small) progress on block 4.
Still hoping to finally be able to work on it steadily. After dealing with daily life and 3 quilts i'm finishing (i's crazy)

Have a super weekend,

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

liquid band aid please

Hi you all,
I hope someone out there can help me : I've been coming across (in blogs) something called 'liquid band aid' , to put on fingertips damaged by sewing (i have a very painful hole from finally picking up my lollipops) . Could someone please give me the exact name, brand maybe, because my pharmacist (in Belgium) doesn't know what i am talking about.
Thank you. I promise a pic of my 4th block very soon.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

My Second Block

I have had a rare day with nothing on my schedule or "to do" list for the day and got to finish this block. What fun, just get up, slip into comfy clothes, no make up, no hair curling, just sew. I am doing my blocks with blanket stitch applique, I had the block prepped and started a while back. I have enjoyed reading all of your posts and seeing every one's blocks.
Happy Holidays all,

Sunday, December 5, 2010

block #2

Lollipop Block Number Six

Every block seems to be a different adventure, I never get tired of picking out the fabrics. I now have six lollipop blocks finished, probably will be taking a break from working on my blocks until after the holiday season.

Thank you all for your willingness to share your techniques, your photographs and your support. It is an absolutely wonderful place to be. Wishing you all and your families a wonderful holiday season.

Happy stitching,
The Lollipop Girl

Roseville left side panel

I didn't know how to post a cropped pic to this blog, so please excuse the visual clutter?

I've finally finished the left side panel of my Roseville Album. Well, all except for the trimming, and I think I might add an additional berry or two? They're such a fun and easy way to add a bit more color here and there? It seems like I never want to stop?

With holiday shopping and running errands, my panel did a lot of sitting. It felt good to pick up a needle and thread last night and take a few stitches!

I guess the other side panel will be next?

Friday, December 3, 2010

Hearts and Flowers Quilt

Sorry photos not in order!
I just loved making this quilt for my daughter, she LOVES Pink!
It's freezer paper/glue, machine zig zag in clear nylon. I'm 'Barb' and 'Barb Rose' ....... I seem to come up with two names? Bye

Two of my quilts

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Here is my second block

Sorry for the long delay but i have had a shocking cold and just getting over it now. Can't say i really like this block i noticed a did a mistake in this block the cactus thing in the middle should be a different shape too the rest but it will do.
Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day to take pictures of the next 3 blocks but it is really overcast i am so over the rain it has rained here for the last 2 weeks non stop would really love to see some sunshine.

I just wish you can see the real colour of the background fabric it is a pinky lavendar colour is is really divine.

Enjoying all your work ladies.

Till next time.

Adele in Oz

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Barb Rose

My first ever Blog - not to sure what to do?
I noticed there are a few Barbara's so I've chosen
Barb Rose (Rose being my favorite flower).
I look forward to sending some photo's of my quilts
(when I know how) and being part of this blog.
Bye for now!
Barb Rose

Stars and Sprigs

These are the new additions to my Stars and Sprigs quilt. I made a few more appliqué blocks and made 3 stars to see how it goes. I did cut fabric for more stars; but have not finished the sewing. I will not trim the blocks until it is time to sew them together. The 2 blocks below are blocks 11 and 12. Block 11 was done over the Atlantic Ocean going east and 12 coming back west bound. They were in my carry on baggage; but the airline asked me to check my bag. So I did. The bag was lost; but I got it delivered 24 hours later in the middle of the night. I was so worried that I would not see them again. Never mind the new shoes and hat in the same bag. ;-)