Sunday, April 14, 2019


Here is what I have been doing:

This block is the latest in Helen Godden's BOM “Curiouser & Curiouser” which will tell the story of Alice in Wonderland.  Now I am not the biggest Alice fan but I love her programs and signed up to learn more about fabric painting and quilting.  However, I have fallen in love with this quirky BOM.  

Here are the blocks so far (Feb, Mar. and April):

This is a mystery BOM so we don't know the layout of the blocks yet but aren't the colors wonderful?!!

I am learning so much and enjoying the fun in “Curiouser & Curiouser” BOM with Helen Godden. Every month is a new block based on Alice in Wonderland. You don’t need to know anything about painting because she teaches us all with the videos. The added advantage of signing up later is you can see what other have done on the private facebook group.The videos are excellent-full of detail.  Also Helen is a very nice, funny lady with an Aussie accent.

Here is the link to Helens' page to learn more:…/curiouser-curiouser-2019-bom/

I enjoy Helen's patterns and videos so much I signed up for an extra class called "Polygon Parrots"
This is the painted block before quilting.  We use Jacquard Lumiere paints which are easy to use and very forgiving. And this photo is after quilting.  I quilted mine a bit differently than Helen but she loves to see what others make of her designs. Mine is Parrots at Sunset-You can see the setting sun in the lower right.
Chuck Susan and Me has all the quilting completed (whew)....All that remains is to sew on the binding.  Here is a sneak peak to whet your appetite:


this quilt was so much work...,arrggh! but all done now and I like it.
I am finally beginning on Yoko Saito's Pattern Imaginary Garden-a pattern from Quiltmania which is heavily appliqued.  I have decided I will not make big quilts anymore but rather focus on quilts not bigger than 4x5 or so.  So I had to shrink the pattern down by about 50% which made the appliqued elements very small.  

Looking at alternatives, I find two choices:  one is raw edge applique thus:
Which looks okay but this method usually works best with fabrics with high thread count like batiks,  I am afraid that my calicoes will shatter when I stitch them tho the stems above seem okay.

The second method is intriguing: shadow applique.  All the raw edge applique pieces are ironed down and then covered with a sheer organza.  The quilting is done then through the organza at the edges of the applique.  
The colors are dimmed a bit but all the colors are bright and can take a bit of dimming.  The finished quilt will have all the quilting on top of the sheen.  There is also some embroidery which would go on top of the organza.  Has anyone else done shadow quilting?


Best bookcase ever

I am linking up with:
Slow Stitching Sunday, Bambi's Blog, Making Monday,  Em's Scrapbag, Esther's Wow, 
Midweek Makers, Whoop Whoop, Finish or Not!, and Off the Wall Friday.


  1. Your Chuck, Susan, and Me quilt is just gorgeous. The colors look so inviting.
    Your applique for the Yoko Saito patterns looks challenging (but then I don't have lots of experience with applique). The pieces look so narrow! Such fine work.

  2. Goodness, Pam — I’m loving all three projects and they’re all so different!! I have another idea for your downsized appliqué. You can switch bias appliqué stems for embroidered stems if they get too skinny. Erin Russek did some of that on her Jingle BOM patterns and it’s a neat look.

  3. You may not have been blogging but you have been very very busy. Beautiful projects - I love the parrots and yes, the colours are amazing. So looking forward to seeing your Chuck. The shadow quilting looks like a brilliant idea for working your fine applique design. I quite often do something similar sandwiching print and fabrics between felt and organza and then machining over the top to make a firm fabric for book covers etc. Anyway, I look forward to seeing how you get on. Great to see you around again. xx

  4. I'm glad you're exploring all the different techniques available to us. You're having so much fun with the exploring. Can't wait to see the finished applique quilt, that was a LOT of work! My mother did some shadow applique. I have her box with the book and some of the unfinished blocks she worked on. Someday I hope to get to working on a crib quilt using this technique but I don't know when that will happen. Good to hear what you've been up to. Happy Stitching!

  5. Chuck, Susan and Me quilt is very pretty! Glad to see a post from you and that you are really taking on challenging new techniques! Good for you! Have a great day!

  6. Incredible projects! I think I would choose shadow quilting with the netting if I had to choose.

  7. Standing in awe of your incredible stitching - what gorgeous vibrant colors going on with your Alice project...what captured my heart are those dear little nice to see what you have been up to of late - your creative posts have been missed. Love the bookcase - a devoted reader’s idea of heaven...hoping to visit Hay-on-Wye in Wales this fall - books galore!

  8. WOW!!! The painted blocks are amazing!!! Thanks for sharing with Moving it Forward

  9. I'm like you, not a big Alice fan, but I can see how you could get hooked on these pictures - amazing!

  10. Curiouser and Curiouser looks fantastic! My guild has an Alice in Wonderland challenge this year. The BOM, or at least some of it, would have been a fantastic piece to do for the challenge. Too late now, I'm doing something else.

    Your parrots are wonderful with their quilting.

  11. So very happy to read this post! You and your fingers have been busy! Your work never ceases to amaze me and I always find things to inspire in the projects you choose. Hope your May is also going well!