Thursday, April 09, 2009

Projects

I am really not the best blogger, but I do enjoy it. Mostly I read lots of other blogs then run out of time to post on my own. I have finished my Thyme to Water quilt. It took me a whole year to do it, but I did enjoy every minute of it. I designed the quilted border with trowels and flower pots, but they didn't show up in the pictures I took. I really like the way it turned out, so whimsical and simple.

I have been slowly falling behind on the Block of the Months that I started in January. I have been best at keeping up on the embroidery blocks for Willowberry's Verandah blocks. They are so fun and pretty easy to do. I need to start picking out some fabric to go with them because I am at the step where I should be adding it in. I just printed out the April block and can't wait to get started on it, but am trying to be self disciplined and finish March first. I am showing the blocks in the order that they came out. These are the two blocks I have finished and the third one is so close. I should be working on it right now...

I am also working on Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill's Basket applique blocks, but I haven't fully completed any of them. I am using them to learn to applique and I think it is helping a lot because they are simple enough, but I have tried several different techniques and it kind of looks like it so when I get the hang of it more I will post pictures of what I did. I think I will redo the January block, but the other two will be fine after I add a few finishing touches. I have been doing this piecing of blocks for almost 2 years now and I am still feeling like I am in a learning mode and wondering when I will feel more confident with what I am doing. Most important is that I am enjoying the time spent painting with fabric and I feel like I am putting together pieces of my life everytime I piece a block. It is a very fulfilling process.

I have been able to spend a little time making blocks for the class that I am taking. We are making several blocks that we can put together any way we want later. I am making mine from some bright wash tub prints. In the picture I laid them all out on my table, not sure how I will piece them yet. I am enjoying making each block so much I haven't really given it much thought yet. I was watching a video this morning about EQ6 and using it to design sashing which might be pretty helpful to rewatch. I keep thinking I should get this program (Electric Quilt) not only because it would be fun to play with, but because it would be helpful to visualize what a quilt would look like before I put a lot of time into something that I didn't like. The price is still quite high staying right at $150 so I'm not sure I am ready to invest that much right now. I am working a lot of over time though so it might just help me to justify it in the future.

I am hoping to get some more of my other projects complete soon and have more things to post about. We did go on a trip to Goldsmith seeds last weekend and took a lot of pictures of the flowers at the show. I posted about it on my other blog: Growing Thymes. I have a lot more pictures and things to write about on that blog about the trip. There are so many beautiful new varieties of plants in process and it was really exciting to get a sneak peak at their work in progress. The displays were so beautiful too. It gave me a few good ideas. How I wish I could grow some mass plantings of these foxgloves. They really are so impressive!

Keeping the pieces together!

Ferne

2 comments:

PamKittyMorning said...

Your quilts are all so lovely! Nice work. ANd yes, I would love to have such good luck with foxgloves as well.

ivoryspring said...

Hi Ferne,

You have certainly been productive. I didn't even know about the Willowberry designs. I think I am going to indulge myself and plunge into that project (as if I need another one, hahaha!). And I am getting ready to start the Bunny Hill BOM as well. Maybe you can be my accountability partner! :)

Have you tried ebay for your EQ software? I have EQ5 that I had bought on ebay, and it has given me no problems.