Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Appliqueing I will go

It's truly amazing how much applique one can finish when one does nothing else all day for several days. Just so you have an idea how much time I'm talking about - during the week when the virus was the worst I listened to unabridged versions of Pillars of the Earth and Shadow of the Wind, plus a Nevada Barr mystery thrown in between the two epics, appliqueing the entire time - almost 70 hours total.

First I tackled the third block of Times Remembered, which I prepped at the end of last December. The pieces were large, so it didn't take that long to finish it. Now three blocks are done, with six more to prep and finish.

Next I got out the two Carolina Lily blocks for Jan Patek's Feathered Star - Girl Gang 2003-2004. Those took a little longer since there were two of them.

My fourth applique block was the last block I had prepped from my Mid-Century Album class. I really loved how it turned out. This is another that I prepped at the end of last year. It was so much fun choosing the fabrics for this one. Now I need to prep a bunch more blocks so progress on this quilt can continue.

Lastly I pulled out the borders for Heirloom Stitches and started working on them again. I finished one border and now have the second border almost completed. When I finish it I'll sew those two onto the quilt top and take a picture to post. I'm sure most all of you have forgotten what this quilt looks like. I'm determined to finish the last two borders this month also so I'll have a finished quilt top by the end of the month.

Before I started the applique marathon I did finish the piecing I'd been doing before I got sick. I finished nine more blocks for the Hourglass Quilt - for a total of 13 blocks. Then I tucked that project away again, as I didn't have the energy to piece.

All this applique has really gotten me into the mood for hand stitching again - the virus effectively ended my desire to piece for the time being. Since my oldest WISP's are applique projects I guess that's a good thing!

7 comments:

Betweens said...

Patti it is aweful that you caught this bug.. but in a good way I loved to see your wonderful applique...books on tape just add to the fun.. I will copy those titles and see if I can get them at our library. Feel better soon but do continue with your gorgeous applique.. like me I have taken to doing more hand work.. I miss that union with my fabric

Dionne said...

Your blocks are looking wonderful! 9 more blocks is great, and I love your applique!
Cheers,
Dionne

janet said...

It sounds like there was a silver lining to being sick. You are amazing to have done all that. The applique is stunning and the hour glass, well I just love those blocks, it's fantastic!

everythingquilts said...

I love the hour glass top.

The Calico Cat said...

Love those grapes on your urn & I LOVE Nevada Barr, my husband got me Winter Study for Hanukkah, but I haven't started it yet....

Cascade Lily said...

Glad to see you back Patti and to hear that your virus wasn't so bad as to stop you completely! Well done and love the hourglass WIP especially :)

Carrie P. said...

Love the applique and the hour glass quilt is fantastic. Great way to use up scraps.