I made a wee bit of progress on my Friends of Baltimore quilt this week. (You can see other blocks here. The border of this quilt is my current blog banner above.) These two blocks were completed in 2012.
My goal is to complete four more blocks and a border by the end of 2013-and finish the entire quilt by the end of 2015…I know what you’re thinking…but here’s what I’m thinking: Slow and steady wins the race! This type of applique is called Baltimore Album Applique — and is known for small, overlapping pieces. I am not very proficient at it, but I love the results, so I am stitching away!
This week: I ironed the fabrics for the Elegant Vase block and I had this transparent overlay made at an office supply store. This is used as the guide for placing each piece.
I cut each applique piece out of freezer paper (it has a sticky side that adheres to fabric when ironed.)
Next, I will cut one piece at a time out, use the overlay to determine the placement and applique it in place.
Each block takes at least 40 hours of hand stitching…which I like to do while watching Downton Abbey, Project Runway and Top Chef...
I’d love some suggestions for a few movies-especially comedies—and of course, nothing subtitled!