Thursday, June 07, 2007

I’m thrilled. I finally got my 3rd block completed for my Primitive Garden.The block hasn't been pressed yet, but I couldn't wait.... It’s only fitting to photograph it on a barbed wire fence since the block is a picture of that.
I’ve got the fourth blocked marked and cut, now for the pressing and stitching. On the next block, I’ll take a before and after photo. It’s amazing (I think) how the stitching brings the block to life. The blocks are kinda ‘naked’ with out it.


Lessons learned—I’ve shared with several already. I placed a lightweight interfacing on the back of the block and it made the quilting and stitching a lot easier and the fabric anchored in the hoop a lot better. On the crows-- I cut off the legs and appliquéd them separately.
I’m just not that detailed a person and it was impossible for me to appliqué them otherwise. I also took a tip from Leanne Beasley, and sewed scrap fabric around the edge to give myself more holding room in the quilting frame. I used the widest stitch on my machine and the seam-ripped it after the block was complete.

I started this project a month late. I said I’d never do another BOM because my attention span failed. But I am really enjoying this. I’m now 2 months behind, but I’m not stressing at all. I’m having fun and it’s a nice portable project. Who wants to be stuck in the basement during a U.P. Summer?!?!?!

On the home front, Chelsey flew to Mexico with her Spanish class yesterday. I hope she has fun. Seventeen-year-old girls go through a lot growing up--- so do their parents. I hope she spends some time thinking while she’s there.

I’ve completed the first week on my 365- challenge quilt. Pictures coming this weekend.


Isn't this a great birdhouse?!?!? This is on the road where I live. I don't know whether it's the evergreens in the background, the wire fence or the mossy stuff growing on it. I just loved the picture...

Gratitudes:
Chelsey’s safe flight
My guys at home listening patiently to “quilt talk”.
Summer time weather.

28 comments:

Juliann in WA said...

I love that picture of the bird house and how fitting with your primitive blocks. Almost friday. Enjoy!

debby said...

That quilt is gonna be (or is already) gorgeous!

Libby said...

It's the mossy roof - just the right touch *s* What a smart idea to applique the legs separately. It's going to be a treasure.

Joanne said...

Block 3 looks fabulous -- great idea pinning it to the barbed wire! I think the embroidery part after the applique takes longer than the applique! vbg
Do you do your applique in a hoop too? I don't -- I need to scrunch it up as I go! vbg

Tazzie said...

Your applique block is just wonderful, I love it. The crows are just so sweet looking, and the stitchery does add such a wonderful finishing touch.
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Angie said...

Oh my goodness, that BOM is just awesome! I love it!! And what a wonderful way to show it, on the barbed wire fence! :) And I agree, the birdhouse picture is perfect--it just pulls you in. Thanks for sharing it!

Rabbit Stitchings said...

ok batting a thousand here, I think I am going to be able to post!

Love the block, your quilt is going to be super!
and Happy Anniversary a little late!

Ok now we will see if this actually post...

tami said...

I love the block. That is going to be a beautiful quilt. I can't wait to see it finished.

Kim said...

That turned out great! I'm so envious of your BOM! I know I've asked how you were doing with it a couple times--you were probably getting tired of me! LOL! So, how's the fourth block coming?! JK! LOL! Love that birdhouse too.

Fiona said...

That is looking so good - and I can tell how much you are enjoying making it.

Leigh said...

I'm glad you're enjoying your applique it looks great.
Totally relate about 17 year old girls!!!lol.
Lovely post.

May Britt said...

Your birds are so beautiful. Agree that when you add stitchery to a block it brings the block to life. I always (almost) use a very thin batting behind my stitching. Love your photos today. The birdhouse is so cute.

pamina said...

Waow, the picture and the blocks are beautiful... I love these birds, the quilt will be fantastic !

Journeying said...

So far your quilt is going wonderfully! I can't wait to see your 365 blocks, too. And the birdhouse - too good. Lichens and stuff are really pretty.

Jeanne said...

Oh Melanie, that is such a charnming block -- the quilt is going to be wonderful!
Glad Chelsey travelled safely.
Jeanne :)

Darlene said...

It's such a wonderful project! Now, I can't wait to see your "365 Challenge" project - I've yet to start mine.
Sigh! :-)

Judy said...

Good idea! I little legs on birds are very hard to turn under when you have nothing to turn!!

The block looks fabulous! Can't wait to see the whole quilt!

anne bebbington said...

Love your BOTM - that's a really clever idea adding some spare fabric on the edges to fit it into the embroidery ring

paula, the quilter said...

I like seeing the progress on you BOM. And it's the mossy roof that makes that birdhouse!

Dawn said...

It is wonderful! I love so many of those blocks! I"m going to make it someday. But gosh my head spins right now thinking about trying to do it now!

KCQuilter said...

What a wonderful opportunity for Chelsea!!! Love the applique block--send it on down! And wow, the bird house picture is stunning.

Happy Valley Quilter said...

Your applique looks so nice! Love the design.

I'm so glad that your DD made it safely to Mexico. How long will they be there?

Awesome bird house. I just bought a cute one for my front yard.

Pam said...

I love to applique, the process, the look, the feel and the finished project...but want it in smaller doses than your BOM. I admire those of you who can do so much of it.


Pam @
www.pamgwillim.com

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

Well, that is one hum-dinger of a block! You have every right to be thrilled and proud!

I suppose my Mom had a hard time when I was 17, but I think I had a harder time. But - things got better eventually!!!

Great, great photo! You should send it into one of those country magazines that has wonderful photos!

Cheers!

Evelyn

Lucy said...

Awesome quiltblock ,awesome picture and an awesome birdhouse!

hannah said...

love this block, what a cool idea! and as for the birdhouse, I think it is the lichen on the top that makes it! great pic.

The Calico Cat said...

Neat-o, love the fabric that was used for the fence posts... (It is Taupe-y...)

Pieces From Me said...

I love your blog. Quilters, I think, make the best bloggers. Your block is wonderful. I like all 3. Can't wait to see the 4th.
Bren