Jul 05 12

Finishing Up the Old and Birthing the New

I have so many different projects in the works that I need to tie up the loose ends on anything I can.  I cut and pressed the binding for the small wall hanging made from Bird Block #3:

…and here it is sewn on and pinned to the backside, ready for hand sewing:

I don’t know about you, but I really enjoy the meditative aspect of handwork like this.  I’ve got another small wall hanging in the works.  Here are the 2 blocks that will be sliced in half to become 4 corner setting triangles:

(See those soap lines on the diagonal?  They are what orient how the block is floated on the hooped stabilizer for the embroidery, and they are also my cutting lines.)  I’m trying out 2 layers of a nylon stabilizer on these blocks…it worked fine as a stabilizer but I’m wondering what the “hand” of the quilt will be in the feather areas once it’s been quilted.  Here’s a shot of the backside once the excess stabilizer has been removed:

This last shot is a “mock up” of what the final block will look like; this wall hanging is made from Bird Block #1.   Nothing is sewn in place. just posed to get an idea of what is evolving.  I can’t wait to quilt another one!

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  1. Debbie St. Germain Says:

    Love the green against the blues, really nice contrasts and beautiful appliqués.


  2. SewCalGal Says:

    I’m in love. These are so beautiful.

    Did you try tear away stablizer and decide you didn’t like it? It comes in different weights, as well as some have adhesives, some don’t. Still, I’d be inclined to use a tearaway so I could still do FMQ on it. But, you are doing a great job and breaking grounds so I’ll be eager to hear what products you try and end up with as your favorites.

    Waxie paper, like they wrapped sandwiches in when we were kids is also an inexpensive tear away that works pretty darn well. Not the wax paper like we use for cooking, but more for a deli wrapping sandwiches, or placing between hamburger patties.


  3. Lynette Says:

    I just can’t get over how gorgeous your works are!! Love, love the embroidery around the shapes.