Spring is just too busy! I've been scrambling to find time to get started on my new applique project. I want to make Radical Rose & Reel a pattern from Collector With A Needle by Dawn and her daughter. It was a big decision to settle on what to start next and I deliberated many choices. I went over to Dawn's website to consider Harrison Rose that Hilda is making and as soon as I saw Radical Rose & Reel it was love at first sight :0)
I ordered background fabric - I love appliqueing on Moda Bella Solids and they can be hard to find where I live. I settled on Eggshell - I feel it is a bit of a gamble to order fabric online but I'm really happy with how it looks - not as stark as white but not yellowy either.
Then I chose the other fabrics. I love, love antique red and green quilts but I just couldn't picture myself appliqueing the exact same block 9 times with only 3 fabrics so I decided to go scrappy with prints. I think they are all similar enough to pull off the look of the antiques I love.
I usually applique with the freezer paper-on-the-top method but I thought this pattern might work better with backbasting. For that I had to draw the pattern onto the back of the fabric. The 24 inch block is BIG! The only window large enough was the livingroom window. (the pattern has a full size 30 inch drawings too) I am finding the pattern to be fantastic - it has the quilting lines marked on it too! Of course I can't wait for that part either!!
Today I started with some backbasting... prepping for it goes really slow... I hope I like it. I can always switch back to my freezer paper-on-the-top if I don't. Maybe tonight I can take my first applique stitches :0)
There has been a very little bit of machine sewing as well. I am following along with the Thimblecreek mystery quilt and I have my 40 - six inch blocks ready for the setting instructions. Shown here is one of each of the block patterns. Anyone following this mystery will notice that I didn't make the house and tree blocks - I'm pleased with the blocks I substituted them with. I hope I like the setting!