1/26/13

Saturday Stitching

Today I worked on three different projects, although I spent the bulk of my time fusing the applique pieces for the Acoustic Montage wallhanging.

First, I finished up the 2nd stitchery called "Smell the Roses" for Block B of the Gardener's Journal quilt.


Along with the lawn mower, these are the two stitcheries in Block B.  I still need to do the piecing for both Block A and Block B, but I'll do that in good time.  I  have a long way to go on this quilt, so there is no rush.


 With that one done, I traced out the last of the eight stitcheries for the Love Me, Love My Cat quilt.


When this one is finished, I'll be ready to start putting the pieces of the quilt together.

Then I turned my attention to the fusible applique for the Acoustic Montage wallhanging I'm making for my son.  These were some of the largest applique pieces I've ever worked with, and I went through a lot of Heat 'N Bond making them.  I cut the centers out of the fusing medium on the large guitar pieces to maintain the drape of the quilt.


I didn't have enough of the blue background fabric (at the top) to make the whole foundation piece, and so I pieced it with some white muslin.  I'm not very happy with the way that white muslin shows through the yellow guitar at the bottom right.  Still, I'm planning to quilt this heavily, and I think it will be less noticeable when the quilting is done.  Also, I'm going to use a metallic thread to quilt the guitar strings, and I believe those will distract from the muslin too.  

The yellow guitar in the upper left corner also has guitar strings, as does the aqua guitar on the mid-left.  The black circle on the aqua guitar is the sound hole, and so there will be strings quilted across that area from the edge of the quilt to the red guitar.

The bright green guitar on the top right also has guitar strings.  The aqua oval shape is supposed to be the guitar's bridge, and so there will be guitar strings quilted diagonally and down toward the left side.  (I hope that makes sense.) 

I still need to do the top-stitching on all of the pieces.  I'm kind of leaning toward a zigzag stitch close to the edge or else a straight stitch right at the edge.  For now, I'm going to do something else.  I end up standing the entire time when I'm doing applique, and it's time to get off my feet for a while.

This is my third NewFO for the month of January.  Did you do any sewing today?  Are you ready to link-up with your new projects next week?

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17 comments from clever and witty friends:

Jilly said...

I absolutely love your little stitcheries. I think I might give it a go myself.

Lee said...

Awesome work you're doing! I put in about 3 hours on Easy Street today - had to do a little un-sewing too. I have a NewFO awaiting the link up :) Would really like to say I have some finishes...some day!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

You make the cutest projects and finish them.....grin.

Teresa in Music City said...

Love your stitcheries, of course! And I think that guitar quilt is going to be one of my favorites :*)

WoolenSails said...

Love those stitcheries, they are so fun and I love the guitars, really nice design to use with batiks.

Debbie

treadlemusic said...

The little garden gal is so sweet and the guitar quilt is awesome! If you hadn't mentioned the front guitar (muslin showing through, etc) I would have thought it was planned that way...I think it looks great!!! The quilting is going to be crazy fun!!!

Pattilou said...

I love your embroidery. It's not something I like doing, but I surely love seeing what you've done. 6 newFO's wow, you are moving through January aren't you.

Kate said...

The "garden lady" turned out nicely. Love the Guitars. Great progress.

I have one new project to link up with. I may get another one started tomorrow. We'll see. Drama Teen has been pretty sick today and I didn't want to get too far from her. She was too dizzy to get up and do much on her own.

Angel and Kirby said...

I did not notice the hollow in the yellow guitar! It looked like an acoustic guitar with a light behind it!

kathy-o said...

Patience - you must have loads of it...those stitcheries are adorable! LOVE the lawn mower. And then there's the Acoustic Montage....oh my - amazing! Do you not sleep???

Lynda Otvos said...

Love how the montage is coming along-it's beautiful and look forward to the reveal. I began machine quilting Squares and stripes yesterday so that's my current project. then to hand tie Diamonds in the Corners. We moved a lot of clutter out of corners yesterday and I must say the cleaner lines around the place are inviting...

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

Wish I had more time and hands would love to do the gardener's journal quilt! So cute

scraphappy said...

What sweet little stitchery blocks. The old fashioned lawn mower just makes me smile.

Quilter Kathy said...

So many great projects! Love the detail in the roses block...so pretty! Thanks for linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching!

LynCC said...

Wonderful stitcheries, both. I can't believe how fast you can work them, Barbara! Hey - do you ever have any difficulty stitching on the white-on-white fabrics?

quiltzyx said...

I'm really looking forward to that guitar quilt! I think the muslin just looks like shading on the yellow guitar - no worries at all. :D

Denise :) said...

All these fun stitcheries! I'm just loving the ones from the "Love Me, Love My Cat" project; they are so darling!! :)