New Orleans House Project

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

A Buffet of Stitching

 My sewing machine has been taking an unintended break from sewing.  Several hand stitching projects have demanded my attention, so the sewing machine has been neglected.

I guess this is one way to neglect your sewing machine.  
(can't you just hear a Disney song in the background?)



For example, there's the new free BOM from Sentimental Stitches - Poppy's Polka Dot Garden.
Poppy's Polka Dot Garden, block 1


Poppy's Polka Dot Garden block 2

I've finished the first two blocks using a combination of freezer paper and back basting techniques.  Blocks 3 and 4 are still in the planning stages.  Block 4 (and the pattern calls for two of these blocks) is an 18 inch block, so I may wind up using machine appliqué to keep from getting too far behind.

Ok, I did use the sewing machine for the Cassandra's Circle Block #10.  Freezer paper and starch for prepping the pieces and invisible machine appliqué made quick work of this block.

Last time I showed this project, there were only two appliquéd sunflower blocks and an idea.  I hand appliquéd another sunflower, then set the blocks together with some fabrics from the stash.  Now it is pinned and waiting for quilting (I'm waiting on some thread).

Last - but certainly not least - the hexie flamingos are being assembled into a quilt top.  I've been hand stitching the hexies into small groups in an attempt to avoid having to stitch long, awkward rows of blocks together.  I figure there will ultimately be some long rows or columns that need to be stitched, but I'm avoiding that for now.  I have to pay attention as I do the assembly - it's too easy to get mixed up and sew a hexie in the wrong position.  I'm keeping the blocks pinned on the design wall and only taking down two or three blocks at a time to avoid errors!







8 comments:

  1. Lovely group of projects...Your applique blocks are beautiful...and the Flamingo hexagons are so pretty and cheery nice works hugs from faraway, Julierose

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  2. You have been a busy hand quilter - all pretty! I need to check on my Poppy's Garden....hum

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  3. Love the sewing picture. That's how I look when I sew! You are becoming quite the expert with the machine appliquing. The colors of your Hexie Flamingo quilt makes smile.

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  4. You have to wonder about the advertising director who said "you know what this sewing scene needs? A little bird!" - ha ha. I'm working on Poppys Flower Garden too and the two big blocks took me *all month* to do! I love seeing your blocks and love your fabric choices.

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  5. wee! your hexie flamingos are so fabulous. what a fun-derful quilt.
    Love your applique blocks. very very pretty
    what an inspiring post!

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  6. Oh yay! The pink and green hexie flamingos are up to bat!! I’ve loved and drooled over this one for years (?), er - since its inception. What a unique quilt it’s going to be!! I love the sunflowers, too.

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  7. You've got some really snazzy projects going here! I really love those sunflowers!
    And the flamingos! Oh, those flamingos!

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  8. That is going to be a nice table runner. Lots of pretties you've been working on. You'll get to that machine soon enough.

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