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Floral Reflections

Now that the Let’s Sew quilt is finished, the next project on my Focus 2020 list that I choose to tackle is Floral Reflections.  I talked about this project back in November 2019.

Floral Reflections

There have been several updates since then.

Floral Reflections

I don’t have photos of it, but I am currently stitching in the ditch all of the sashing and border seams.  Most of the basting pins are now removed, and the quilt is easier to handle.

I thought that I would be traditional and quilt hanging diamonds, but I have changed my mind.  I am machine quilting, and I don’t want to quilt over the applique, nor do I want to break thread.

Therefore, I will be outline stitching the applique and stitching a filler design in the blocks.

Quilt On!

Floral Reflections Intro

Floral Reflections

Floral Reflections Update

Floral Reflections Update 2

Floral Reflections Update 3

Pin Basted

August OMG 2017 Goal Update

The number 8 was drawn by Patchwork Times, as the monthly goal for August.

My number 8 goal was to do something with some machine applique floral sample blocks.

I squared the blocks to 12-1/2″.

One Monthly Goal - Floral Blocks

Triangles were added to set the blocks on point.

One Monthly Goal - Floral Blocks

After squaring and setting the blocks on point, I decided to turn them into autumn placemats.

One Monthly Goal - Floral Blocks

One Monthly Goal - Floral Blocks

One Monthly Goal - Floral Blocks

One Monthly Goal - Floral Blocks

One Monthly Goal - Floral Blocks

One Monthly Goal - Floral Blocks

I kept the quilting simple; straight lines, echo, and meandering (I’m not making Van Gogh or Picasso art pieces after all). Here’s a look at the back:

One Monthly Goal - Floral Blocks

I’ll be gifting these placemats…it feels good to have turned the blocks into something useful!

I am linking up with OMG at Elm Street Quilts.  Take some time to see what other folks have finished for the month!

I am also linking up with Patchwork Times .

August OMG 2017 Goal

Patchwork Times announced the number 8 as the UFO goal for August.

My number 8 is these floral blocks:

One Monthly Goal - Floral Blocks

I stitched these 3 blocks many moons ago when I was teaching a machine applique class.

What to do…pillows…, a table runner…, a wall hanging…, tote bags? 

Hmmmmm….

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal (OMG). 

February OMG 2017 Goal Update

Patchwork Times announced February UFO goal number 9 which happened to be a threadplay project for me:

One Monthly Goal - Threadplay

I decided it needed some ‘spark’, so I added gold thread to the ribbon.

One Monthly Goal - Threadplay

I am using Sulky rayon thread for the free motion embroidery.

One Monthly Goal - Threadplay

I used a simple meandering loop (with Sulky rayon thread) for the free motion quilting.

One Monthly Goal - Threadplay

One Monthly Goal - Threadplay

Leftover fabric was used to piece the backing.

One Monthly Goal - Threadplay

One Monthly Goal - Threadplay

I am happy to have this one finished!

One Monthly Goal - Threadplay

It has already been gifted!

I have spent the rest of the month continuing scrap control.

Scrap Bags

I feel like I’ve gotten a hold of Mary Poppins’ carpetbag; my little scrap bags seem very deep!  Ha, ha!

However, I am gaining a whole lot of useable strip sizes…all neatly stored and ready to use.  I feel so much better!

Just the reds, pinks, purples and browns to sort.

I am linking up with Patchwork Times and One Monthly Goal.

Be Mine – Part 2

Did I say this project would be quick?  Oops.

I’ve decided to machine embroider the block with 12 weight Aurifil and a topstitch needle.  I’ve memorized the way that my sewing machine forms the stitch so that I don’t make a mess of it!

It is slow going, but I’m liking how it looks.

IMG_4793

The stems are hand embroidered.  I could’ve done the rest that way, but I really want to learn what this machine can do.

Nine blocks fused.  Eight left to machine embroider.