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!


  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

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

  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.

  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.

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

  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.

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

  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.