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.
There have been several updates since then.
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.
Floral Reflections Intro
Floral Reflections Update
Floral Reflections Update 2
Floral Reflections Update 3
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″.
Triangles were added to set the blocks on point.
After squaring and setting the blocks on point, I decided to turn them into autumn placemats.
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:
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 .
Patchwork Times announced the number 8 as the UFO goal for August.
My number 8 is these 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?
I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal (OMG).
Patchwork Times announced February UFO goal number 9 which happened to be a threadplay project for me:
I decided it needed some ‘spark’, so I added gold thread to the ribbon.
I am using Sulky rayon thread for the free motion embroidery.
I used a simple meandering loop (with Sulky rayon thread) for the free motion quilting.
Leftover fabric was used to piece the backing.
I am happy to have this one finished!
It has already been gifted!
I have spent the rest of the month continuing scrap control.
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.
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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.
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.