Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A few finishes and you guessed it...

...a new project.
After seeing this 'Fit to be Framed' pattern #6 by Lori Smith carried out in wools at the Houston Festival, I have been beset by it.  I am using cotton backgrounds though, specifically Lisa Bongean's Little Gatherings by Moda..  Wool would be a little too 'imperfect' for my quilter's OCD.  I have also acquired a greater appreciation for Lori's work.  I cannot fathom how she was able to complete these 6" finished blocks using needle turn applique.  Can you see all those tiny, sharp curves in the tree, for example!

I am not enamored with hexies, but truly want to complete my daughter's wedding quilt.  Therefore, I have set a goal of making 2 hexagons per day, first thing in the morning with my very first cuppa of Joe.  Hopefully, this will help me to complete one flower each week.

My finishes...
Autumn Houses is bound.
Sweet Carolina is bound.
Lots to Crow about is stitched and basted, ready for quilting this week.
Two projects were removed from my WIP list while at least 3 were added.
Somehow I seem to be going in the wrong direction.


  1. You've been busy.

    I have several of Lori Smith's patterns and her designs amaze me. After the holidays, I am going to start on of them.

    Your work here is just gorgeous and isn't the Little Gatherings fabric wonderful. I cannot wait until spring when the Seasonal Gatherings arrive in the shops!! Woot!

    I love working with wool too. Right now I'm doing the Hop to It quilt with some blog friends and I'm doing mine in wool on cotton backgrounds.

    Well have a great day :)

  2. What a wonderful pattern ! I just love the The Little Gatherings fabric. I just bought a quilt kit from Lisa with this line of fabric and plan on starting it in January.

    You goal of making 2 hexies each day sounds like a perfect way to make progress on your daughters wedding quilt

    Congrats on completing Autumn Houses and Carolina.

  3. Fantastic! I love wool on cotton and yours is going to be wonderful!!
    How nice to have some finishes and soem starts!! I love both!

  4. Lori Smith is also a favorite of mine, and a couple of her patterns are on my To Do list. Boy we quilters have a lot of lists, don't we?

  5. Sounds like you've been productive as usual! Your applique blocks are gorgeous! Are you appliqueing them by machine or hand?

  6. Good luck with your goal to finish your daughters wedding quilt. I hope your goal helps you stay on track. Beautiful pattern too. Wool on cotton background looks lovely, can't wait to see progress.

  7. Oh! I know how that feels LOL! always going in the wrong direction, seems the more I sew the greater the UFO pile!!!
    The applique blocks are just lovely, and good luck with the hexie quilt!!!!

  8. LOL! I'm doing the same thing! I made a list of WIPs to finish before the end of the year and I've already strayed from it. You sure have accomplished a lot in a week. Those blocks are lovely. Good luck with the hexies. Keep us up to date with your progress.

  9. I just love wool applique and yours is delightful!! I have several of Lori Smith patterns and find that I start re-writing them for how I like to piece.

  10. I love her patterns and quilts!
    little gatherings perfect for the backgrounds!

  11. These are wonderful, Cheryl. The idea of wool on cotton is very appealing - especially Lori's patterns. And the use of Little Gatherings is pure perfection.

  12. I like to use cotton for the background on the wool blocks if they are going into a quilt.

  13. You always find the nicest projects.
    I am sure that you are going in the right direction, just taking a few extra turns along the way. Just think of all the extra things you can pick up by taking the longer route. You are doing just fine!

  14. Oh, I like this new project. Not familiar with the pattern. Will you / do you fuse the wool pieces down and then... what stitch(es) will you use to secure them down? Sure is a lot of applique in a tiny block!

    I've been eyeing the hexies around blogland and have yet to make one. I like your idea of two in the morning and a flower by week's end.


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