Finally, I’ve been able to get back to some of the UFO’s in my stash. Each year I vow to finish them – but seem to just add more projects to the box than I actually do finish. This wall-hanging has been ‘crying’ to be hung on the wall in my family room, for some time now. Featured in the Spring/Summer 2005 issue of Quilt Sampler, it was designed by Calico Gals Quilt Shop in Syracuse NY.
I did get as far as fusing the applique pieces, but never got around to the machine applique part of the quit. I normally like to hand applique. It’s so relaxing as well as portable. I can pick up a block and take it on a road trip or work on it while enjoying a summer afternoon on the back deck. I really like this pattern but haven’t done much machine applique. Off to my library to find some help. A while back I took a class from Sue Nichols on her Raw Edge Applique technique. I pulled out the book – practiced some same stitching.
My Bernina has two choices of blanket stitch. I think the single stitch will be best for this piece especially around the flowers. Possibly, the double stitch will add a little more interest to the vase. We’ll see what it asks me for when I get to that element.
And now I’m on my way to begin working on the actual wall-hanging.There is always time to quilt!