Things are moving along in the sewing room. The random square sections of the Mommy & Me baby quilt are sewn together now, and I laid them out with the other sections so that I could get a look at the whole background.
Before sewing together the 5-inch blocks, I spent a little time getting the colors and patterns random, but I kind of like Sharon's no-stress, grab-and-sew method. With that in mind, I didn't spend too much time on it, and I'm happy with where it ended up.
Until I receive the jumbo rickrack and the fabric for the elephant applique, I'm afraid I've taken this as far as I can. I'll want to trim those sections to size once the rickrack and the applique are sewn on. For now, I'll just fold this up and work on some other things. The fabric I chose for the elephant applique might not work because the background is rather light. It might mean a trip to the fabric store to find what I want. That would just be terrible wouldn't it? I just hate it when I have to go to the fabric store! It's all part of being a quilter...wandering through bolt after bolt...fondling all that fabric...sigh...Okay. Shaking it off now.
With that done, it seemed as though I couldn't avoid the vine on the Quiltmaker's Garden any longer. The vine is made from a one-inch wide strip of fabric cut on the bias. There were some instructions accompanying the pattern and, true to form, they made no sense whatsoever. Thank you, Quiltmaker. Just consider this my newest reminder that I will never forgive you for the crappy instructions that accompanied this quilt.
Going it alone, I decided to first fold it in half and press in a crease. Then I folded each edge to the middle crease and pressed again...essentially making a double-fold bias tape. I have a tool for that, but mine was too large to be of any use. When I talked about doing this in an earlier post, several of you had excellent ideas for making the vine wind around the trellis to make it look more natural. They were all good ideas, and I thank you for your suggestions. Frankly, the fight went out of me long ago on this quilt. The paper-piecing really did me in. With that in mind, I ended up doing it more or less the way it was pictured on the pattern. It was pinned about every inch and then stitched down using the blanket stitch on my sewing machine.
As you might guess, I had plenty of help doing this. The vine was long and so much fun(!), if you get my drift.
Once that was stitched down, I needed to make 26 leaves for applique: 11 small ones, and 15 large ones. That actually went more quickly than expected, and in short order, I had them fused down.
Today I'll work on getting them all top-stitched. The quilt is rather large now, and I'm going to need to do this on my domestic machine. I'll need to get my arms in shape for plenty of wrestling, I'm afraid.
It'll be a good project to work on while I tackle Mt. Laundry on this rainy Monday. There is one other housework chore to do. Nevertheless, getting this quilt top finished is my highest priority. Then I'll pile it in the middle of the room, plant a flag, and declare victory over this, my nemesis quilt. It would be a good name for it, don't you think? The Quiltmaker's Nemesis.