Friday, August 18, 2006

Progress report for 1 hr. challenge and something entirely different










Today I worked on assembling the blocks and am just about finished with the pre-little squares step. I may be able to finish this evening and start on the little squares tomorrow.

And now for something entirely different......Tazzie has been showing her applique for a miniature quilt, I commented on it, she emailed and asked if I applique/like to applique. Here is my answer...a little over 10 years ago, I took a class to do a Baltimore Album quilt-then went back to work and didn't finish the class. The instructor tried to get us to use a different applique method for each block, which we pretty much did, but don't ask me which methods, I don't remember. You can see the reverse appplique as I haven't trimmed it yet and it shows through.These are the blocks that I made up to that point. The center block (burgundy colors) is an applique block from the same time frame from another class that I was also taking at that time- a sampler. Both quilts are Vintage UFOs in my closet. The sampler will be relatively easy to finish, I am a block or two short, so I will chose random patterns and finish it up eventually. As far as the Baltimore Album- I completely enjoyed doing the applique, but these days my hand cramps up, so I don't know if I would ever see the end of a 25 block applique quilt. That one may require one or two more blocks to balance the color, then empty blocks in between to show off quilting. OR- maybe it just needs to be a table runner!

15 comments:

quiltpixie said...

what beautiful blocks to be languishing in a closet of UFO's. The table runner idea sounds like a real plan -- at least you'd get to enjoy them then ;-)

Suze said...

Oh, they need to be seen. My DD is learning to applique and enjoying every minute.

Karen said...

Oh you have a lot of good work on those, Gail, aren't you glad you pulled them out again. They're very pretty!

Tazzie said...

Your applique is just lovely! I too have a baltimore quilt stashed away waiting to be finished ... mine may just be a NFO ... never finished object!
Have a great weekend!
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Linda_J said...

Gail, these are wonderful--and deserve to see the light of day! Put an alternating block or something between them especially if you can put something handquilted or whatever between them!

ForestJane said...

Ohh, pretty.

My favorite two are the green wreath looking one and the heart with the two birds underneath it. :)

Susan said...

Gorgeous blocks, whatever you do with them. A friend has a B.A. runner hanging over her French doors to the back deck. Of course, her house was custom built to accomodate 22 of her quilts!

EileenKNY said...

What about a small wallhanging? I think that would be really great. Those blocks are beautiful.

Hanne said...

What lovely blocks ! These needs to come out of the closet and get a life in the limelight :-)

Patti said...

I have a ufo that looks very much like that! I bought Elly's first Baltimore Beauties and Beyond book and taught myself to appliqué using that book. I think I have about 8-9 blocks finished, and at least that many half done. I still want to finish it one day, but it will consist of all simple blocks. Now that I've moved on to folk art appliqué I have no desire to do any of those complicated basket, etc. blocks with dozens of tiny pieces!

Patti said...

Gail, have you gotten the results of the MRI yet? Praying they find nothing to worry about.

Laurie said...

The blocks are exquisite! I especially like the reverse applique heart!

Cynthia said...

Your applique blocks are lovely. I would like to make a Baltimore quilt once i get some UFOs completed.
I also like your "hour a day" blocks.

Finn said...

Your applique blocks look wonderful Gail! I think no matter how they end up, or in what, they will be a hit!!
It's hard when life changes our ability to do what we want..what you have done looks great! *VBS*

Andrea said...

I especially love the heart one, the red color is so pretty. :)