Tuesday, May 12, 2009

new things

I'm trying a few new things myself around here... APPLIQUE... It's never been my thing, but I found this old piece of fabric in my stash, sort of a shiny damask, with this great flower, filigree repeat, that I wanted to try something new... I figure it will be a good project to work on over the summer...

I also tried some serious piecing... it makes my brain hurt... I may finish this one, and never do another... I just don't feel my creative stride working on things like this.

Although I LOVE the way they look when someone else does them! I envy people who can do this kind of work... I'd love to say I made one.
But not sure I have it in me...

Oh, and the fabric is donated, very generously, from
Stacy @ Pixiedust fabrics, I will be making some donation quilts from it,
stay tuned, I may have a call to help.... ;-)

Shelly and I have done a little swap. She asked me to send her a little piece to quilt, and in return she sent me something to quilt... If you haven't seen what I sent her, and she returned to me, go see the pictures at her blog, you can click her images and see better the quilting... Her machine quilting is pretty amazing!

And for now, i am hand quilting her little piece, but I am not giving any sneak peaks, it may take me a bit to finish it...


Here's a follow up to those who made the three minute challenge quilts with me...
I just LOVE LOVE LOVE how they turned out.

I am very Impressed by all your quilting styles. And think it's pretty cool to see them all together to see what bits touched us all.

I get it's not everyone taste in quilting, It's an exercise. And I applaud those of you who gave it a whirl!

below left to right is: Dagmar, Shelly
below that is:
Dionne and Shiobhan
below that, Mine & the inspiration picture


  1. Enjoy the applique -- I'm not into doing it either (though I like the look), so maybe you will inspire me to try again! And those 3-min quilts are so much fun!

  2. I love the quilt that Shelly did for you! The quilting is fabulous. I love applique - I just don't take the time to do it. So sad. LOL

  3. I haven't appliqued yet either, its not something I think I would be good at. I want instant gratification! I like the 3 minute challenge pieces!

  4. Thank you so much for hosting this challenge! It was such a a great experience for me, more than I expected. It really taught me alot about my own piecing skills ~ and I LEARNED so much from trying something completely different!

  5. You're always pushing yourself. I really like that about you.

  6. The challenge wuilts are great-thanks so much for showing them. Wonderful.
    I like you pieced block very much but I know what you mean about the feeling. My hair hurts from doing the NY Beauty blocks I started over 5 years ago. I love those blocks so much but I think I've developed adult ADD Maybe some day I can dig them out and do some more. Or.... not.

  7. I'm finally getting my challenge top onto the machine to quilt this week. Thanks for leading this...lot so fun to break out of my usual piecing rut! Have fun with the applique...love applique...

  8. Busy, busy, busy. I can't keep up with you. You have so many projects in process. Envy your stamina. For now I involved in joint retirement quilts. Love the results of your challenge.

  9. Like Cheri, I love the look of appliqué, but haven't got what it takes to try it. If you want to see some gorgeous appliqué you ought to take a look at http://quiltingbebbs.blogspot.com. Her stuff is awesome.

    Love the idea of the 3 minute challenge. One day ...........

  10. I know I don't have that kind of piecing in me. But I took like to look at it & admire those who can persevere.

  11. beautiful pieced block
    maybe a little wall hanging made from it?
    a bit of gwen marston funky borders for it???
    The "A" word on your blog I am shocked!!!!!
    but I bet you will love it , keep it up!
    great take along project!
    Love the matisse challenge you put out there, may have to try it during the summer.
    but choosing one of my favorite paintings...

  12. The Matisse quilts look fabulous! I like the fact that while you can see obvious common theme, they are all different. Yipee! Makes my skirt fly up!

  13. whee beautiful quilts and great quilting.


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