19 February, 2008

Adventures In Appliqué

I've begun stealing time. I'll snatch a minute here, grab a half-hour there, whatever is necessary to take a few appliqué stitches and complete my Southern Album assignment for this month. The homework is abundant. I pieced the Friendship Berries block after making the fabric selections and pasting samples on the mock up, I liked it. I added the first section of appliqué, it looked good to me. I pinned it to the design wall. Something wasn't quite right, yet, I couldn't figure out exactly what the problem was. I consulted the book. Oh. I was reminded, suddenly, of the poster that hung on the wall in my Jr. High Home-Ec. classroom. It depicted a distraught woman pulling her hair out by the roots as a pan on the stove was billowing smoke; these words printed across the bottom: "when all else fails, follow the directions". I had turned my leaves and berries inward, the plan for the appliqué shows them turned the opposite direction. Hmmm... I also recalled another phrase, one I've learned more recently: "quilters intent". Yep. They're staying the way they are. I meant to do it this way! *wink* Besides, I've stolen all the time that I can get away with! The scalloped frame block, pictured below, is one of four that will hold wonderful, intricate, appliqué elements in the months to come. They're symmetrical designs that can only be placed one way!
Life is Good!


8 comments:

Quilt Memories said...

I really do like those blocks.
When are ya'll leaving for Va.? Have a good time, I'm already having withdrawl pains. I sure would love to go! Have a good time for me! Later, J

Libby said...

No one will ever notice that your flowers are pointing . . . your quilt will be uniquely your own *s* Looks great.

quiltteacher said...

You are your worst critique! Make it YOUR way. Be your own woman. Do I need say more? I like the block as is. I bet Quiltkeemosabe won't be as creative!

Salem Stitcher said...

You're block looks beautiful. And I see that little fussy-cut berry with that little swirl in it! You are going to have so much fun figuring out all the places in this quilt to fussy-cut.

Pam said...

Your applique is great. So you changed the design a bit. Don't we all? I love the picture of the deer. Your story kept me so entralled. I was cheering for the deer. Your prose is wonderful. You know how to put words together. Are you having fun with Bonnie so close?

Karen Dianne Lee said...

I love looking at your work! Wow.

Eye Candy Love, *karendianne.

Shelina said...

They are beautiful. I like the swirl in the circle. Those quilting directions are more like guidelines anyway, and not rules. I would change a few more things as I went along - so my quilt look wouldn't look exactly like others.

Lisa Boyer said...

Who wants a quilt exactly like the picture, anyway? Beautiful applique--doesn't matter which way it's pointing.