|The Blue Collection|
Design & Quilt by Maggie Walker
This poor project has been sitting ignored for WAY too long!
The Bad News -----
I was pretty shocked to realize the last time I touched Blue Collection was in March!!!
The Good News ----
Almost all of the blocks are done for this quilt - whoohoo!!!! Last week I finished up the next-to-last standard block before beginning to put the center of the top together - this is the tall vase standing on the left-hand side of the quilt ....
I left the top un-sewn to allow for those wonderful vines that will flow from it....
I still have one more block, as well as quite a bit of tracing and template prep for the outer border features, so sitting in my chair while tracing off those pieces was not too taxing at all :*) My last true block will be very intricate - I'm just crossing my fingers and hoping it won't be too difficult....
|The center block that holds the tree that moves through the center of the quilt|
Here's how it looks in Maggie's wonderful quilt....
Of course, you know I'm prone to make things hard on myself, right? I'm using a border print for this pot, which will just add to the challenge!
Where you could usually use one fabric for the bowl itself, I will need to cut individual pieces and fit them carefully together to get the right angles with this print. And I don't have a large piece of it either, but I really think it will be worth the effort!
Something you might not realize either is that the tree - that's 3D!!! Yes, it's is 3 fabric ropes braided together and appliqued down. Now that I think about it, is it really any wonder I've been dragging my needle on this one???
I also have to make some upgrades to a few blocks before I put them all together. I started this quilt before I really learned how to do applique well, so some of the blocks are roughly done :( For instance, see these pathetic attempts at koi below? ...... aren't koi supposed to be beautiful, elegant fish???
Ugh!!! Nothing graceful about these poor things!!! I found a print of some koi that I will use to make a new template - hopefully these elegant fish will look much better when I'm done :*)
It's not 2014 yet, but my mind has already started thinking along the lines of finishing up some UFO's which is my plan for the year. I didn't touch anything at all on my December To Do list, but when you're sick, you have to do what you can do, right? Hope you all have had a much better week than I did LOL!!!
Hugs & Blessings!
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