Sunday, December 5, 2010

more Christmas sewing

I finished my 4th block for my Bird of Paradise quilt.
This block was a lot of fun to stitch. I wanted a red urn so I decided to
put pears on the table instead of apples. I opted for an extra flower instead of a butterfly in the lower right corner. I do like butterflies - I'm not entirely sure why I'm leaving them out of this quilt, but I am.
I have been doing some sewing for Christmas too. My guild was making this table runner with a different method for curves that I hadn't tried before. I'm still at the piecing stage. I am changing the pattern and still have some setting decisions to make.
As you can (hopefully) see the flying geese units are 3 dimensional. In theory they get stitched down to make curves. Some of the seams are very bulky and I've been thankful for my Featherweight machine which sews over the bulk easily. I'll have to stick to it to get this project finished before Christmas. I would like to as I am hosting Christmas for my side of the family this year and it will be the first time we're really home for Christmas. So, I'm thinking I'd like a few more more decorations. There's still time yet... right?? :0)
Happy Quilting!!


Karen said...

I like the fabric you chose for the flower pot.

Ann Champion said...

I love the little changes you've made to your applique block. Those are the little things that will make your quilt unique..and more personalized to you? It's beautiful!

I like your blocks for the table runner too! They're so pretty for holiday decorating, but could be used year 'round.

Have fun decorating. It's extra fun when you'll have company coming! :)

Miriam said...

I really love the fabric you used for your urn.
A great block!
Enjoy Christmas with your family!

Anonymous said...

I love how ALL the colors work in your applique block. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your nice comment. You do such lovely handwork, you will love hand piecing. I recently got the Reiko Washizawa book you mentioned in an earlier post and am planning her Tumbling Stars as my next hand pieced project. Isn't that a fabulous book?!

Janet said...

You're brave adding things to your Christmas list. The block looks fascinating and I do so love the fabrics.

Janet said...

P.S. I forgot to mention the brides quilt block. I love the changes, especially the pears. It looks fabulous.

Crispy said...

WOW beautiful block!! I love how you are making changes to suit your vision :0) It's fun to learn new techniques but bulk always puts a cold chill down my spine LOL.


Barb said...

your new blocks for the BQ is wonderful. The 3-d geese are interesting, love those fabrics.

Dixie said...

Love your latest block - nice fabric choices. I really like the texture of your latest block - have always admired prairie points but haven't made any!

Lori said...

Two wonderfuyl projects!! I love the applique basket- the pears are perfect!!
What a fun 3d quilt!!

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Carrie P. said...

Great job on your block. I do like those pears.
Your star is pretty so far. I have seen that technique done before. It will look really nice when you get to that point.
Try not to get to stressed about hosting. Enjoy the time!