Sunday, February 21, 2016

Applique Update

I'm home from my visit to Tempe, Arizona. What can I say but no snow, no ice, warm/hot temperatures, sleeveless blouses, culottes, sandals and a lovely visit with our daughter and son-in-law.

I won't list all the places we went but I did attend (by myself because she was working) the AQS quilt show in Phoenix. Yes, this country gal was in downtown Phoenix, all by myself, and nothing bad happened to me! I spent a wonderful day at the Convention Center viewing all the quilts and browsing the vendor booths.

I completed a Pastor's Attic Quilt block while I was in Tempe. The first 5 blocks in row 1 are finished. I chose to chain-stitch embroider the narrow stems. I'm not talented enough to make 1/8 inch applique stems. The original quilt has an embroidered swirl in the center of the X flowers but I liked the idea of french knots better, so that is what I did. The center of this block and the X's were back-basted then needle turned appliqued. The rest of the flowers were regular needle turned.

All of the background fabric squares were cut into larger blocks and will be trimmed to the correct size after ALL the blocks are appliqued. 

Like the rest of the blocks in Sweet Surrender, block 9 was easily appliqued in an evening. The other 3 blocks in this prepped WOF will be this weeks handwork.

Linking up to -

Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching
Quilting is More Fun than Housework
Esther's Wednesday WOW
A Quilting Reader's Garden


The Cozy Quilter said...

Are those 30's prints in your appliqué? Very pretty!

Karen said...

Your narrow stem solution works well. Quilters have lots of tricks to get the job done and whatever works for you and makes you happy is just fine.

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

I like the idea of doing the embroidery! Really striking. Of course SS is looking great. Such an inspiration you are. I bet you did love the show. Glad you had a getaway from the cold. We are into Spring. No more winter in South Texas. At least we are getting rain today.

Gretchen Weaver said...

Yes, I have a stash of 30's fabrics and decided it would make a cheery quilt.

Angie in SoCal said...

Lovely blocks

Nancy said...

Your blocks are beautiful. There's such a different feeling between them, isn't there? You must stitch very quickly to finish the Sweet Surrender block in an evening. Good for you!
-Nancy. (ndmessier @,

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

Your embroidery trick is wonderful. The block is perfection! Love the 30s block as well. It has such a different look. Lovely.

Glenda said...

I've tried to leave you a note twice but it will not go through will try once more. Welcome home even if it is so cold! Love the wee block with the 1930 prints Gretchen, it is such a sweet wee design. Glad you were safe through the storm that just went through, it did not sound very nice on the news. I was thinking of you. Hugs Glenda

Jeanne said...

Love your Sweet Surrender block! Beautiful applique! Your Scrappy Majestic Mountains quilt turned out really pretty, also.