Wednesday, February 28, 2018

I'm In Love...

....with my new 4-block Applique' Project!
My working title is Whigging Out, but that might change.
I'm using chrome yellow as my background.  It isn't for everyone.  What do you think?

Here are some photos of my early designing process.  I won't bore you with all of them....there were many ideas that were thrown out.
I had to piece my background, but that makes it authentic as I'm not buy more yardage when I can make do.  
You can also see my placement lines which I press in to help arrange my elements.
Once I was happy with the corner design, I traced it onto medical paper.  Tissue paper will also work.  As you can see it is a rough tracing.
Then I slip it underneath to layout the other corners.  I like wonky - but not cray cray.  You know what I mean?
I pin the block to the paper to keep it in place.
I slipped a piece of template plastic underneath so I didn't pin every piece to the paper.
This is Olympic level pinning.  I like to sew baste my applique so it is ready to travel.  It stays put and stitching without pins is a dream.
Here is where I'll be next week.  
I still have openings in my 2018/2019 booking schedule.  Email me if your group is interested.  I love to meet you in person.

I am offering a new pattern in my Fun With Barb Etsy Store.  My Hot Flash Quilt. The pattern is full size, so no need to go to the office store.
Here is a fabulous new recipe that I tried recently.   My family loved it!!
 Find the recipe by clicking here.  I made 2 changes to the recipe; I used low fat cream cheese and I added dollops of pesto on top.   It was so good, I opened a bottle of red wine on a weeknight!
This is going to be a very brave bright quilt.  I'm so excited to have a new happy applique project!
Swap Blocks are due in the mail now.    Please send them asap so I can swap and return the blocks - woo hoo.
Have a great week
xo

34 comments:

  1. It is gorgeous! Wow for the yellow but so perfect for this block and your applique is impeccable. Your hand quilting will make this a masterpiece. Thanks for the mini tutorial too!

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  2. What a fun and bright appliqué project! I love it! Great handwork to bring along when travelling.

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  3. Very pretty, bright, cheerful...fun! Hey, we have the same carpet...just saying!

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  4. This is beautiful, Barb! The yellow makes it sing!!

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  5. Love your classic 4 block applique. And the chrome yellow is perfect!

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  6. Guess you don't have to ask me what I think about the yellow! Woohoo! Love this block. Delicious!! Thanks for the recipe too, I'll put Gordon right on it! Love the name of your wine too!

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  7. The background is awesome!! I cannot even see where you pieced it!

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  8. Love your applique block! I am so drawn to these types of designs, but strangely I have never made one. Bucket list! and the background color is the bomb! Plan to try the recipe soon, thanks!

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  9. Love love love the chrome yellow background! Can’t wait to try the recipe too.

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  10. Whigging out is going to be amazing. I have never used chrome yellow, but looks great. Who ever said that repro fabric is all dark?

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  11. I am loving this applique project! The yellow is sooo happy, and perfect to work with at this gray time of year. (Course the lone daffodil blooming in my front bed is the same color. Can't wait for her peeps to join her in a few days.) I was at a friend's two weeks ago, and she served this baked spaghetti! It was amazing. Thankfully, she had a dog to walk to work off the calories!

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  12. I adore the chrome yellow. I’ve done one on cheddar and working on s red background with cw strings. Fabulous and the whole piece will be stunning.

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  13. You know I love this! And your comment re: wonky vs. cray cray made me laugh out loud.

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  14. I'm in love too! I love the flowers, I love the berries, I love the center with its bright blue dot. What a vibrant, happy project!! I think the chrome yellow is very you :0) I can't wait to see the first complete block and follow along with the rest of your progress.

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  15. What a terrific, colorful quilt-in-the-making! After seeing the sneak peek on IG, I'm happy to see the block and the design process. Thank you for sharing and inspiring. I have always loved Hot Flash, so am happy to see the pattern. You've been busy!

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  16. Love your block! Makes me want to get back to some applique. We've had 19 Crimes wine several times. Have you downloaded the app and had the guy on the bottle talk to you? Fun.

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  17. The chrome yellow background definitely works for me. I have a bunch of pieces in my stash waiting to be used. I have a project in mind.

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  18. You have such wonderful color sense--absolutely LOVE your new block! The yellow background sings. I can't wait to see more. Enjoyed reading how you prep your applique. Great idea to baste first!

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  19. Love it! Yay for chrome yellow!! Thanks for sharing photos of your process.

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  20. Brilliant! I love the chrome yellow. It looks like there's a lot of quilters who do too. I have a 5 yard piece of chrome yellow sitting on my shelf just waiting for the right project. Your applique project is going to be lovely.

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  21. What a wonderful quilt this will be--that chrome yellow is so happy!

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  22. That chrome yellow just sings of spring - love it!

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  23. A super fun project! Such happy colors and a bit of wonky always makes me smile :-)

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  24. Love the name, love the chrome yellow! Thank you for showing us your process too. I notice some pieces are turned under and some are not and was wondering why. I love hand applique, but I have a lot to learn. Thanks!

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  25. Lovely block. It will be another gorgeous quilt. That recipe sounds delicious. I will have to give it a try. Cheers.

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  26. Oh my...you did a wonderful job Barb ! The yellow chrome background is beautiful !
    Congratulations friend !
    Thank you so much for the recipe ! Yum !

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  27. LOVE the chrome yellow background! It's great to see traditional designs get re-interpreted!

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  28. Thanks for sharing your insightful tips for making your blocks! The chrome yellow is fabulous! The Ocean Waves Quilt Guild is fortunate to have you sharing with them!

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  29. New project looks fabulous. Daring choice of color but it works!!
    Norma

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  30. I love the bright, happy vibes emanating from this lovely applique block. Thanks for sharing your process, the step-by-step visuals are very helpful. Your work is wonderful!

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  31. I have not had dinner yet so your recipe looks great and as to to the applique...gorgeous ! :)

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  32. That Chrome yellow with the pink/red and green is so yummy. Love how you do the freehand applique. So much fun!

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