Archive for May, 2013

Block 2 Completed!

03 May

And I have completed the second block in the “Flower Power” quilt. This block is the Rose Block. I’m not sure it really looks like a rose, per se, but if it’s meant to be more folks-artsy it works.

Rose Block Completed!


I really like the stripes on the rose. They are pretty fun and different. Here are some close ups of the applique work. The small dots on the leaves were time consuming to do.

Close up of the Rose!


Close up of the Leaf and Stem


First Applique Block

01 May

Hello everyone! This is my first update in a while, but it’s a good one. I finally completed an applique block! Yep, that’s right! I saw the “Flower Power” pattern by Jane Zillmer in the Quilter’s Newsletter magazine and thought: “That’s really pretty. I want to make that.”

So, I busted out the fusible web which I have not used at all and picked out some fabrics that seemed to match the pattern from my stash. The fusible that I have is Lite Steam-A-Seam2, which was recommended to me by a local quilt shop.

It took some doing, but I put the block together and fused on the applique. Here’s what it looked like:

Dahlia Block without Stitching on the Applique


So, I felt pretty good about that, and it looked pretty. Of course, you can’t just leave it with the fusible only. Most applique requires that you stitch it around the edges in order to prevent fraying of the fabric. The quilters that I know all recommend a “satin stitch” in order to complete the pattern, but with some of the smaller pieces I felt that a satin stitch would completely cover up the small sliver of material – like the little yellow pieces on the petals and the brown strip on the leaves.

I went to my LQS and they recommended a “triple stitch” which is basically a straight stitch but each stitch is done three times. This makes the stitch thicker and also more durable around the applique pieces.

Dahlia Block with Stitching around Applique


Here are some close ups of the applique stitching:

Red Dahlia & Stem with Applique Stitching

Blue Dahlia & Stem Applique with Stitching

The stitching isn’t perfect (yet), but I think this is a good first block for my applique adventures.

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