Monday, June 19, 2017

Red and Cream BOM Month 6

I completed the 6th installment of the Fig Tree Red and Cream BOM.
I have been able to keep up with my BOM's this year. I have limited the number of BOM's I participate in so I don't get overwhelmed as I have in the past.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Zoo Nouveau Butterflies

I thought I would never get these done. Phew. Each one is a bit different because I kept playing with the method. I don't do much handwork anymore. My hands just can't take it. I used machine piecing, machine applique, hand applique, and just a little bit of hand piecing.
 Don't look too closely. I am hoping that some of the embellishments will hide the differences in these blocks.

I have to say that I am really excited about making an "art" piece. I have always followed patterns closely and wouldn't allow myself any leeway. This is actually fun. I can't wait for the next instructions.

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Doll Quilt for Little Missy

This Memorial Weekend afforded me time to complete some of the projects that have been hanging around for a while. I completed the doll quilt for Little Missy. This is a miniature of the Wall Flower Quilt based on an MSQ pattern that I made for her last year. See it here. I know she will be thrilled to have this matching quilt for her doll.
I made my own template for the small flowers. 

I made a pillow that matches the backing fabric. I stuffed it with pieces of left over batting.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Sewing Room Clock

I am so excited about this. I bought the clock-works and a pattern for this clock when I was in Ireland in 2013. A couple years ago, I posted that I couldn't find the pattern in my sewing room. DH keeps telling me that I need to pull my plastic drawer sections out more often to vacuum. OK, guilty as charged. A couple of weeks ago, I pulled them out to vacuum up all of the dust and gunk that accumulates in the sewing room only to find the envelope with the pattern, directions, and clockworks. Wahoo!

Since Memorial Day is a free day in the sewing room, I celebrated by working on my clock. I didn't want to use the pattern that was included with the clock-works. I have had my eye on this paper pieced flying geese circle for a long time.

I had fun digging through my stash for the colors. I have learned, from reference to a color chart, that the color I have always called purple is actually called violet. The color chart color of purple, I have always thought was magenta. Who knew?

I love the way it looks on my wall. I can see it from my DSM or my long arm. Life is good.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Zoo Nouveau Peacock Panel


I have finished the Peacock panel for the Zoo Nouveau project. I am a bit frustrated with the instructions. There are several pieces in the pattern that are not shown in the layout. I have no idea where they are supposed to go or what colors they should be. Also, the instructions say to use gold paint on the 'garlic' shapes for added dimension. What paint? How do I do that? Not enough information provided.  I didn't do the ruffle that was included in the instructions, because it just said put in a ruffle. How do I do that? What fabric?
It isn't exactly the size that is in the directions, but it is pretty close.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Zoo Nouveau Progress

Here are some pics of my progress on Zoo Nouveau.
Feathers have been appliqued. Added the cording and additional feather 'eyes.'

I couldn't find an appropriate sized eyelash yarn. I found this one at Michael's.

Sorry for the blurry pic. This is Isaac Mizrahi yarn. I separated the black yarn from the pretty blue/purple/violet strand.

I had to change the placement of the bird and feathers. I had a huge gap, so I improvised. 



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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Zoo Nouveau

I have a couple BOM projects to share. I bought the starter kit for the Zoo Nouveau project that the Quilt Show is offering this summer. I chose a color palette that I know will work in my home. Here is the base for the first part of the project.


I am working on the applique pieces. Lots of peacock feathers. More to come.

I also finished the fifth installment in the Red and Cream BOM from Fig Tree Quilts.



I am loving these blocks. Ten blocks done. I hope I can keep up so I will have another Christmas quilt for next year.

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