Sunday, October 6, 2013

Slow Sunday Stitching

Two posts in 2 days? Wow! I'm on a roll! A couple posts back I mentioned that I wanted to do some hand-piecing. That post is here. I got started  a few days ago, but last night I ripped out most of what I had stitched. My stitches are good (small and even). It's just that I think I need to get better at cutting my pieces from a template. Then, they will fit together better. That's half the battle. I have stitched on it this morning and I'm happy with it. This is certainly a learning experience. Here is this morning's progress. 

This is done medallion style. The next row around this center will be beige, cream, gold, and  mid-brown. I will be linking up to Kathy's Quilts Slow Sunday Stitching post.

I also want to learn to do needle turn applique'. Months ago I bought the pattern for Edyta Sitar's Spring Sprouts. The pieces are small, but not tiny. It's done in batiks. Love it!
But, I'm thinking maybe I should start with something else. I guess I could just do an applique' pillow. I did fairly well appliqueing the circles to my dresden plate quilt. Yesterday in the mail I received the Lori Smith pattern shown below. It's called Lily's Garden and looks a little simplier than Spring Sprouts. She used 1930's small prints for most of her quilt, but would lend itself to almost any small prints. I love them both!
How about some pointers from those of you who do neddle turn applique'? I love the idea of stitching by hand while watching TV or listening to a book on my Ipod.


Julie in GA said...

I like using batiks for needle turn because they are so tightly woven and don't fray much.
Both of the patterns you are considering are beautiful!

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

I love needleturn applique. A good way to start learning applique is using the back basting method. It is all about practice and larger pieces are a great way to start. Practice points and valleys and you will be on your way!

Melissa G. said...

Love your new block! No advice on the needle turn applique, except you might join me in Marita's class on the 26th? As soon as she sent out her newsletter with the class announcement, I signed up, hoping that a hands-on class will help me "get" it. :)

Ellen said...

I am a beginner to applique too and I really do enjoy it. Those patterns are gorgeous!

Deb A said...

I am pretty new to applique too. I've learned the best with an easy curve of the orange peel for turned applique. I also love how silk thread disappears with the applique stitches. Good luck - you have some beautiful quilts to make.

Quilter Kathy said...

Your hand piecing looks great from here!
I love hand applique now and am getting better with each block I try. I followed Deb's lead and started the orange peel/pumpkin seed block and it is awesome!
Thanks for linking up!

jan said...

Wow your block looks terrific. I am terrible at needle turn. My fabric kept fraying and that scared me away i think. But I want to try again. Maybe with batiks since they may not fray as much. And the pumpkin seed block.
Have fun. Visiting from Slow Stitching Sunday.
xo jan@sewandsowfarm

jan said...

And I am a new follower. We are neighbors. I am in North georgia. :)

Carrie P. said...

both patterns are so pretty. when it comes to needle turn just make sure you don't have too much seam allowance. Use a 3/16th of an inch, no more than 1/4" The fabric is easier to turn when you have less fabric to turn especially on curves.

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