About 20 of us exchanged squares of Black and White fabrics. I decided to do a modern twist on a traditional block, Whig Rose, and here is the result.
I approached this challenge by first separting the fabric into these categories; mostly black, mostly white and 50/50. I used the mostly white for the background of the center block.
I used the mostly black for the stems and leaves.
I used the 50/50 pieces to make these hourglass blocks for the border.
Here you can see some of the machine quilting I did on this one. I have many little sparrows on this quilt. I add the sparrow to almost every quilt I make and I'll have to share the story with you someday.
Jill surprised me Monday night with this super cute new tote bag! I love it! The tape measure handles are my favorite part. Thanks Jill and Joann fabrics, I needed this!
And now a few words about stems. I was recently asked me how I applique' my skinny stems. Well, first I prepare them with the Clover 1/4" bias maker. But I think the real trick is in the prep. Isn't always?
I pin baste the stems into the placement I want.
Then I re-pin them horizontally with very fine pins. Then I machine sew baste them down, using a baste stitch. I'm sorry, I forgot to photograph this part (too anxious to start sewing :)
Happiness is appliqueing the stems without the pins. Here they are finished. I can not share the rest of this piece because it is a challenge for my Brownstone guild's upcoming quilt show in November.
And lastly, but certainly not leastly, The Garden State Quilters are having their bi-annual quilt show a week from Saturday!!
Click here for all the information. I hope you can come!