Finally, the last two "Miss Emilie's Garden" blocks are hand appliqued, soaked to remove the glue, cut to size, and pinned on the design wall. Twenty-five little jewels...now on to the sashing, borders, and a finish. The red and green fabrics I have chosen for the setting should add a little needed zip to the blocks.
I sure am glad I had those 25 blocks prepped and ready to applique before starting all those road trips this summer. It was comforting to have something portable in case I had the time or the will to stitch.
So, some of you have emailed me to ask if I did any shopping at the two AQS shows I have been to this summer.
Well...I invested in some hand-dyed fabrics to add to my stash of tone-on-tone pieces that I use for applique.
The directions that came with my purchases said to pre-wash them, even though many rinses were included in their making. Wow! I think I emptied the hot water heater 3 or 4 times while aggressively rinsing them...LOTS of unincorporated dye!
After a very physical session of multiple hand rinses, I put them in the washer for a final hot water rinse and a spin. I was pleased to see the water drain "clear" when finished. Thank God we don't have to do that kind of hand washing anymore! I used to think I was born in the wrong century, but I do like my washer and dryer!
Now to find storage space for all of them...or just leave them out and USE THEM!!
I have developed a Pinterest habit...one thing that is really fun to collect is pictures of old, antique quilts. That way I can really study them. I am really enchanted by antique appliqued album quilts, especially where each block in the quilt is different. But lately, I have been fixating on a couple with multiples of one block. Here's one that speaks to me that is a Rose of Sharon variation...
I showed it to Steve and his first comment was saying it looked like a swastika. OK...point taken. I have been drafting and re-drafting the block, adding some elements to make it look less like a swastika and more like just pretty flowers, vines, and leaves.
Now I am wondering if I have the attention span to make a quilt with nine identical blocks. I really like the swag variation with flowers for the outer border and the flowers for the corners.
I am also drawn to the quilts of Susan McCord, many of which reside about 25 miles from me at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Lately I have been studying this one...
Mostly, I love the shape of the urn. I have sketched that urn with some different flowers in an 18 inch block. Again, do I love it enough to make nine identical blocks? Hmm...