|Finishing Up the Last of the Layered Petals|
Here's a reminder of what the first block looks like, and where I'm headed with the remaining eight 16" blocks:
|Block One of Nine, Completed in October of 2014|
Of course, it's not like I've been working on this nonstop. I take this hand stitching project with me when I know I'll be sitting around waiting somewhere for an extended period of time, and when I get tired of it, I put it away and do something else.
Although the layered petals are all needleturned, I am using a prepared edge, starch and press technique for the circles at the centers of my Whig roses to ensure that they are perfectly round and smooth with no wobbles or pleats at the edges. I ran a gathering thread through the turning allowance of each circle, pulled it up taut around a heat proof plastic template, wetted the edges with Mary Ellen's Best Press starch alternative, and then set the crease around the edges of the template with a travel iron set on medium. Once it's completely cooled off, I loosen the gathering thread to remove the template and press it flat again.
|Prepared Edge Circle Ready with Drops of Glue|
|Chalk Line on Petals Indicating Circle Placement|
|Block Weighted to Keep it Flat and Square|
|Circle Positioned and Glued|
At some point during the stitching of my first block, I did carefully cut away the layers of fabric behind these stacked petals and flower centers, but I don't remember when i did that. I started stitching the first flower center down but accidentally caught the background fabric in one of my stitches, so I'm thinking that I might trim all of that away before attempting to stitch the remaining circles down.
Meanwhile, I want to get another quilt up on my longarm frame this weekend so I can get some more quilting practice under my belt in advance of my APQS new owner class a week from Monday. Can't wait!
Today I'm linking up with:
- Slow Sunday Stitching at http://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/
- Oh Scrap! at Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework http://quiltingismorefunthanhousework.blogspot.com
- Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts http://smallquiltsanddollquilts.blogspot.com
- Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts http://www.cookingupquilts.com/
- Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt http://lovelaughquilt.blogspot.com/
- Moving it Forward at Em’s Scrap Bag: http://emsscrapbag.blogspot.com.au/