THREE IS HOW THE GARDEN GROWS!
I received a couple questions asking how these triangles were appliqued without getting warped out of shape. You can see from above how it is done. 2 more triangles will be fitted between these three only will be upside down. After a soaking to remove the glue and blue pen marks and a good pressing, this section will be cut into 5 nice triangles.
Here are close ups of the triangles:
This one is my favorite-I just love the berries. The stem is just basted down at this point because I don't have a good shade of thread. I have started using 100 wt silk thread which is so wonderful but I have limited colors. Nothing seems to be right to me. A couple new greens are arriving tomorrow so maybe those will be better but it is very hard to determine exactly what color the thread is from the photos on line. It helps to pull up several sites which sell the same thread but have different photos of the colors-you can come to a general consensus as to color.
I like the bell flowers on this one. I am using more Kaffe fabric aside from just the leaves. This stem is still basted also. I have had requests to see the evolution of a design instead of just the end product. Here is an earlier version of the above triangle.
The only difference is the yellow/pink leaves in the upper right. You can compare the two and see the green leaves are much more effective as they set off the pink bell flower rather than compete with it.
I had a devil of a time getting the color of the blue flower right. It looks a bit electric but it is not really. This triangle also went through some translating. I did not like the original hexie in the center of the blue flower so I sewed a Kaffe circle over it. I still may change out the blue flower as it is not very strong. However, is replaces another hexie flower which seemed to argue with the purple bells.
I kept the hexie flower and will use it sometime.
Here is what everything looks like so far:
There are 18 of the appliqued triangles and 4 half triangles so you can see it is going pretty fast. Gretchen at Gretchen's Little Corner blog is doing foundation piecing for the big pieced triangles instead of epp. She sent some good links for me to check this out and foundation piecing will be so much easier than epp. I am so grateful to her as all that epp was really frazzling me. It frazzles some people to applique and others to epp-just depends on what you like. The end product of epp is spectacular and such fun designs can be made when fabric is carefully chosen.
On to free motion quilting practice..........
All but one of the stitches comes from my new book Fill Harmonics by Sue Heinz. This book is really helpful in learning and practicing fmq. One advantage is that the printing is only on one side of the paper so that page can be laid on your light table and traced to acquire muscle memory. The circle pattern is called potted pasta and does not really show to best advantage in this piece. It looks better in this piece:
The Martelli hoops arrived. I ordered a set 8" and 11" but soon realized the 11" would not fit on my machine! Duh! So i sold it on ebay and kept the 8". I can recommend these rings-the cheapest I found was on the Allbrands site (49.99 for 8" and 99.99 for the set of 2). Here is what it looks like on the sewing machine:
It has a slide in for the hopping foot and two handles to help move the quilt sandwich. The gripping is excellent with enough weight to hold firmly without compromising on ease of movement. I have bad shoulder problems-I had rotator cuff surgery and while the shoulder is fully rehabbed, nothing is ever "as good as new". One advantage is my hands are further apart and the rim is about 1" tall and the handles another inch. There is no stress about pressing down with my hands and pulling and tightening the fabric while I am quilting. I cannot say enough good about this ring. I looked at several but this was the one that looked like it was for serious. It is worth the price.
Look at this photo to get an idea of quilting area which I found to be more than adequate.
All and all, I am very pleased with my new book and new quilting aid.
We will part with a bird photo-Here it is the middle of October and we have hummingbirds at our feeder. I like to think that the travelers know they can get a bite to eat in our backyard before they continue their long migration. We get so many hummers in October!
Okay, quilters and other interested parties, a new week. Continue to enjoy October and find pleasant activities for yourself. I personally will again be battling facebook which has it out for me-I have not even been able to access facebook for about a month! AARRRGGGGHH!!!!! Sometimes I think facebook is a malevolent dark force.
I am linking with Silent Sunday, Em's Scrapbag, Patchwork times, Esther's blog, Let's Bee Social, Bambi's blog, and Whoop, Whoop!