This is the top right section of the border for my Blue Collection quilt. Both of these top sections are complete, and I am working on the first of two side border sections now. The sides are long vines like this that will come out of vases in the bottom of the quilt. (I'll show you what I mean in a later post!)
All of this quilt is hand appliqued, with the exception of these side border leaves and a few very intricate motifs in the vase blocks, which I've chosen to do as raw-edge fusible applique. They have so many curves and valleys, it would take FOREVER to hand stitch all these leaves, and I decided I'd rather finish this quilt in my lifetime than worry about whether it is ALL hand stitched LOL!!! I've indicated one of them by the arrow on the right.....
I'll finish them with a straight-stitch along the edges. The flower buds indicated by the arrow on the left are little monsters to hand stitch all by themselves! The fabric I chose for the medium blue in the center is too flimsy and it's almost impossible to make neat V's. And the points on the stems are very narrow and steep, so it's hard to stuff the seam fabric underneath such a small space. On some of the last pieces I prepped, I drew the points in a little bit wider V to make them slightly easier to stitch.
It's a great day to be inside stitching here in Nashville! I'm under the weather a little, battling a sinus infection with the usual accompanying aches, sore throat and cough, so the order for the day is to take it easy. We're having one of our coldest days so far - currently 32 degrees and woke to a light snow on the ground. Here's the view from my front window .... Brrrrrrrrr!
The only bright spot is my little Christmas cactus....
Love that beautiful fuchsia color!!! I bought it a few weeks before Christmas this year because I loved all my friends cacti which were blooming. For some reason, it finally decided to wait to bloom this week - I'll take all the bloom and color I can find at this time of year, right?
Hugs & Blessings!