WIP-Friends of Baltimore

Friends of Baltimore, Hand applique, quiting

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.

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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!

Friends of Baltimore, Hand applique, quiting

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.

Friends of Baltimore, Hand applique, quiting

I cut each applique piece out of freezer paper (it has a sticky side that adheres to fabric when ironed.)

Friends of Baltimore, Hand applique, quiting

Next, I will cut one piece at a time out, use the overlay to determine the placement and applique it in place.

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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!

Tutorial Tuesday–The Upward Curl Heart

Free Motion Upward Curl Heart

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I’m sure you would all like to make a little vase quilt for your table..(Everyone except Gwendie who won The Valentine’s Day Doodle Quilt!)

Today’s motif is a variation on The Upward Curl.  If you haven’t had time to try curling-–  it might be helpful to read through that tutorial before continuing here…

Start with two drawn lines–these will be your “rails”.  In the example below, the rails are one inch apart.  Start at the bottom and make a small upward curl and then stop…

Free Motion Upward Curl Heart

From this point, make a large downward curl…tapering back to your starting point.

Free Motion Upward Curl Heart

Finally, trace along the left rail until you are past the first curl and ready to begin your next motif. The photo below shows how the pattern would look as a border—lovely!

Free Motion Upward Curl Heart

In the practice quilt below, I added another element to the Upward Curl Heart

Free Motion Upward Curl Heart

The first two steps are the same:  Small upward curl,  Large downward curl...Then,instead of tracing back on the left rail–-simply “bounce”  or “scallop”  on the outside of the Large Curlback to the top of the motif.

Free Motion Upward Curl Heart

Free Motion Upward Curl Heart

This motif stands alone as a one-sided design…but if you add the other half, you’ll have Cupid singing your praises!

Free Motion Upward Curl Heart

Free Motion Upward Curl Heart

After you completed several rows of this pattern, pick out the best area–chop off the rest and bind it as a vase quilt!

Also, this row quilt would look fabulous with a few rows of Spiral Hearts–check out that tutorial here!

And the Winner is…

Valentine, Heart, Free Motion Quilting, Giveaway

Dear Gentle Reader,

It is quite plain by your response to The First Ever Giveaway at The Inbox Jaunt that the only thing that you like more than Doodle Quilts is Doodle Quilt giveaways!

Valentine, Heart, Free Motion Quilting, Giveaway

Thank you for all of your suggestions for further posts.  I will answer all the questions over the next few weeks.  Many of the question will require short tutorials…the tutorials are already in the works, so check back often for the answer to YOUR question…

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We do have one lucky winner today, but if you were not the winner today…there are many more giveaways coming soon…

Valentine, Heart, Free Motion Quilting, Giveaway

We will be offering a Shamrock Doodle Quilt in time for St. Patrick’s Day as well as giveaways from King Arthur Flour and The Stencil Company…Stay Tuned!

Without further ado…the winner of the Valentine’s Day Doodle Quilt is…

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Gwendiequilts!  I will contact you directly for mailing information.    Congratulations!

Tomorrow:  Tutorial Tuesday-More pink, more hearts, more fun with Free Motion Quilting…