||[Dec. 14th, 2009|12:56 pm]
I totted up the projects that I have in progress or really want to start in the coming year, and there are 14 of them (that's a lot, I am really slow.) I’ve promised to finish the compass quilt top by December for next year’s Applique by the Bay (actually a friend and I made a mutual pact to each finish our clipper ship block projects, in order to be able to show them off next year.) The craft project for ginevra007 is due in February, and I finally got what I hope is a good idea for it. In addition to these two projects, there are five tops ready to quilt or partially quilted, there’s a sewing project that just needs a little work to finish, two quilts cut and ready to piece, and four projects in the concept stages.
Accordingly, I am starting to post on Judy Laquidaria’s Design Wall Monday blog with works in progress, in the hopes that regular posts about working on these projects will translate into actual progress! Today’s photo is this year’s class block for Elly Sienkiewicz’s multi-day class at Applique by the Bay. It’s a wreath with birds in the center; it finishes at 8 inches. The wreath she teaches has oak leaves, grapes and what I call BITS, or Baltimore indeterminate teardrop shapes (you see them a lot in the antique blocks, they variously seem to represent acorns or flower buds or who knows what, depending on color) of which I am not a fan. She showed us an antique block of a very similar pattern which had oak leaves and acorns so that’s what I will be doing. The appliqué work is teensy but fun; I am using a much darker and busier background than normal, which should work really well with the finished concept for the block. It’s so nice to have an idea of what to do with these class blocks! So often you make them in class and then they languish, because you have no idea how to make use of them.
The white basting lines on the partially appliqued wreath stem are for back basting, which is a technique in which the design is drawn in reverse on the back of the background fabric, then the applique fabric is basted along the drawn lines. To sew it down, you clip the basting a little at a time and stitch along the holes left in the fabrics. The method doesn't leave any permanent marks on the front of the block and it's very portable, because you don't pre-cut any applique shapes, just bring along the block and the fabric scraps for appliquing.