Applique, Embroidery, Machine applique, Needle-Turn Applique, Quilting with Friends

President’s Block

Every year we show appreciation to our outgoing guild president by making blocks of her favorite theme and/or colors.  This year we made sunflower and 9-patch blocks  for Lisa.  The sunflower blocks were a pattern from Cathy Van Bruggen Designs.  It always interesting to see how different quilters execute the same block.  I was able to combine needle-turn and invisible machine applique with embroidery to finish my block.

At first I appliqued the leaves, stems and flower centers by needle-turn applique.  I tried to use the same technique with the pointy sunflower petals. but wasn’t happy with the result.  There are too many changes from inside points to outside points in a very small space.

Lisa's Sunflower Block

Lisa's Sunflower Block

(I wish that I had the skills of someone like Elly Sienkiewicz. I’m sure she would have produced a perfect needle-turn flower.)

I decided to use Kim Diehl’s invisible machine applique technique and think that it turned out well.  I decided to embellish the center of the flower with french knots – and even put a few yellow knots for interest.  I think she liked it – at least she said that she did when I gave it to her on Tuesday.

After seeing all her beautiful blocks I had to pull the blocks for my President’s Quilt out.  Guess I’d better start working on my quilt. I added sashing strips to the blocks and decided on thMy President's Blockse layout when I received them.  But then put them away.  That was 2 years ago!

Guess I’d better get working on my quilt.  I need to have it ready to hang in our President’s Corner at our guild’s July 2010 Quilt Show.   –   A New Year’s resolution already!

There is always time to quilt!
Previous Post Next Post

You Might Also Like

1 Comment

  • Reply Lisa November 20, 2009 at 11:57 am

    I LOVE my block!!! and I like how your quilt is coming along as well!!! Now if only you could get my mom to finish your block!!!

  • Leave a Reply