Blue Collection is one of my Dinosaur UFO's - it's been in process since 2008!!! It's my focus project for this year, and I've been steadily plugging along on it. I'm happy to say that I've finally added the 3D tree in the center! This tree has been a stumbling block for me from the beginning. I've been dreading it! But it got to the point that I couldn't add other elements until the tree was stitched down, so I finally bit the bullet and went for it!
The tree is made from three tapered bias strips of brown fabrics that are braided together and then loosely arranged on the quilt center, with lots of little branches and leaves sprouting out from it. (Rocky felt that this particular strip should be his - we had a little bit of a disagreement about it, but happily I finally won ☺)
I had to piece together the blocks in the center section of the quilt with their blue-and-white checkerboard sashing before I could begin to make the tree.
When I appliqued that bottom pot, I left a section open so that I could slip the tree limbs down inside ....
I'm doing hand-stitched applique on this quilt, and it's pretty difficult work handling this large center section to stitch down the tree and all those little remaining leaves, but there was just no way around it. Of course, this little guy with his curious little nose in everything I'm doing doesn't help LOL!!! This picture was taken just seconds before he snatched the whole piece off my lap and tried to run for it!
There are quite a few wonderful little details stitched into this quilt ....
And lots of stitching remaining to be done! But I can't tell you how excited I am to have gotten this far on my Blue Collection project! I will try my best to post about my progress more often :*)
I usually try to have at least one project all set up and ready to stitch at the machine, so that when I have a spare few minutes I can use it stitching. This is a paper-pieced project in progress called Diamonds Are Forever from a class I took at guild several years ago.
Lots and lots of scrap strips are going into this fun quilt, and it is amazing how quickly these blocks add up!
Happily, I also have an almost finish to show you!!! Notice Rocky photo-bombing in the top right? Believe me, he's not going to miss a quilt-on-the-floor opportunity!!!
Calypso is a kit My Guy bought for me quite a few years ago at a local quilt shop that is no longer in business. I made the quilt top and then put it on my flimsy shelf to be quilted - and it has remained there for way too long. I decided to put it on my Guild UFO Challenge list, and it's number came up for this month. My friend Joanne let me use her long-arm machine so I could git 'er done ...
This will be a feel-good finish for me - I love whittling down that flimsy shelf!
After all the sewing I've been doing on my Janome 6600P, it was finally time to send it off to the spa for a good cleaning and to check the timing, etc. While it was gone, Rocky found a new favorite place to sit and watch me as I putter around the studio ....
He's such a fun little guy, and I love how he keeps us smiling and laughing!
I'll be linking up with lots of fun parties this week:
Hugs & Blessings!