Lately I've been spending a lot of time working on the appliqué quilt. Specifically on the prep. I'm using a freezer paper prepared edge technique, as taught by Evelyn Crovo-Hall. There is a significant amount of time spent transferring images to freezer paper, cutting out each individual element of the motifs in paper, then pressing to fabric, cutting again, painting the edges with a solution of spray sizing, then ironing the edges under. At this point the pieces are basted to the block. I use teeny tiny drops of Roxane's basting glue to baste the elements I'm going to stitch right away, and use silk thread to baste the elements that I plan to stitch later. In the block below most of the leaves are thread basted as I plan to take this with me to the Midwest next week. I'm stitching all the red cherries down now. It's really nice after all that prep to actually sit down to stitch awhile. This is the start of the oak leaf and acorn block.
I've also been working on the Off-block construction of the flowers. There are over 600 flowers on this quilt top, and most of them are constructed "off-block" first before placing them on the quilt block or border and stitching them down.
Below are two of the pink flowers. They are ~3" to 4" in diameter. T
This is good and easy stitching to do while sitting on the boat.
As I think I've noted before, this is my 5 year project.
We're going to build a land-based home. Last November we bought property in South Carolina, then went off cruising again.
We will keep the boat and after the building project is finished we will go off sailing again. Probably to ports as yet unexplored by us. Possibly the Caribbean, possibly up the East Coast, possibly down to Georgetown in the Bahamas, who knows, we'll see.
And building a home means I get a studio. My own space to play and create in. I'm SOOO excited.
The space that I'll be getting for my studio is space that normally might be storage, so I definitely will have some arranging challenges.
I've pulled the picture below from Houzz - you know, that time sink site that you can get lost in for hours. This is very similar to the space I'll have. Right now I'm considering lighting, storage, work station space, and aesthetics. Because it's HOT in SC for much of the year I'm very reluctant to put in lighting as featured in this photo. Adds too much heat. But I'm also not thrilled with banks of flourescent lighting. I've been spending hours in building stores, kitchen design stores, and on the internet researching options.
If you follow me on Pinterest you may have seen my winnowing process. As I consider options I'm posting alternatives, then as I get closer to decisions I delete the "pins" that don't make the cut.
(today I've been posting white refrigerators - I do not want a big hunk of stainless in my kitchen in the only place the refrigerator will fit, and I do not want to spend the $$$ for the built in kind that utilize your own cabinet doors)
My garment sewing friends are going to be a bit dismayed to hear that I've gone over to the dark side... I'm getting into quilting. And boy have I jumped into the deep end, taking on an epic project.
The pattern is by Sue Garman, the Friends of Baltimore quilt. It's really convenient to work on this project while on the boat.
Hand Appliqué blocks for my Baltimore album quilt.
The eagle block is traditionally included in the Baltumore Album quilts. I've completed this block now up to the point of adding embroidery. This photo was taken before the berries were added to the branch and the remaining flowers added to the banner at the top. And before I had a clue as to what I was doing. Notice the wonky gold lozenges on the wings of the Eagle. My appliqué and prep work was not up to my high expectation for standard of work.
So in February I flew to Norfolk VA where my mom picked me up. Together we attended the Elly Sienkewicz Appliqué Academy in Williamsburg. I took a 4 day class from Evelyn Crovo Hall- she's Fabulous! This is the block from her class- I should say the start of it. I learned so much, and now my work is up where I would like it to be.
Don't exactly know what I will do with that block, but I love it!
So, back to Friends of Baltimore:
Finished appliqué portion of this block. Saving the embroidery work for later.
I have two Christmas Stockings to make this year. In the past I've spent 5 years making one (Mark's), 8 years making one (Daniels), one year each making Ashlee's and Megan's, and 9 months of intense stitching to get Emma's done in 2011. Last Fall I picked up 2 new canvases, one for Caleb and one for Kiersten. Actually, Daniel and Ashlee went with me and picked out the canvas for Kit.
Needless to say I've spent a good deal of time stitching since then. I'm not certain I'm on track to have both finished by Christmas, and my hand hurts!
Notice the French knots I'm adding to Santa's beard. I love the curly texture and and since I'm using Whisper fiber, when I brush it out it'll be a bit fuzzy. Need to remember to buy a mascara/eyebrow brush from the drugstore. Perfect for brushing up fibers
Good day to anyone out there who may trip over this blog again.
This is an experiment to see if blogging from my iPhone is even possible.
We've been "homeless" 2 1/2 years now, and have been nomads living aboard our boat since May 2010. I can now say that I'm less of a natural nomad than my husband. It's been interesting Nd fun and sometimes very exciting, but I miss my studio, my sewing machines, my fabric, and my stuff.
It is a lifestyle though that we are committed to for a couple more years, so I'd like to blog about creating fiberarts while living aboard. Some of it is all about being flexible and being able to sew and do needlework in other locations, other people spaces, and under less than optimum conditions.
If you'd like to drop by occasionally and follow my exploits I'd be happy to know it.
Lately I've been visiting family back in the Midwest, and have managed to get some sewing done. In Grand Rapids Michigan I set up my 1976 vintage Bernina that I retrieved from my son on the kitchen table and recovered the seat and back cushions and created arm cushions for a rocker in the baby nursery, and stitched up some pillows for the living room chairs.
And I gifted my son and daughter-in-law with a bright fun quilt for my granddaughter due to be born at the end of October.
I found the fabric in a great little quilt store in New Smyrna Beach, FL back in June. We had sailed back from the Bahamas and were working our way north to South Carolina. We got weathered into NSB so I went exploring, and found this store within walking distance to the marina.
When I got to my moms house in South Carolina I cut and pieced the quilt top, then hand basted it to the backing. Then I got to practice my freemotion machine quilting. I have to say it was lots of fun, and I'm quite pleased with the job I did outline quilting the characters in the print panels. This was all done on my Bernina 165. After finishing quilting Istitched on a bias binding and hand stitched the binding over the edge to the backing.
Sigh, it sure felt good to sew something!
I'll be back later to chat about other current and past projects.
Sailor, Stitcher, Domestic diva, wife, mom to 2+2 (mine and his, boys and girls)
email me at mlweaving at gmail dot com
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