WOW or WIP’s with Esther comes around to fast LOL
Hello every one hope its been a great week for you all Mine has been a great one family wise.? When I typed 21st of Nov it pulled me up short that means 5 weeks till Christmas!!!!? How did that happen?? This year has flown for me, I’ve been teaching my self to machine applqiue the last two years and this Feb I started to actually make quilts just in machine applqiue and I became so engrossed with machine appliqueing, every day, every week, and month has? flown? by and now its nearly December?
1st memory block completed now.
This last week has been mostly spent with families with graduations, school formals, birthdays, last week of school. school leavers off to Bali for a week,? so very very little sewing done.
Frangipani are now in full bloom and the fragrance is heavenly.
I worked on my Memory blocks and appliquéd down a few leaves on my last border? only a few!!!
One more border to make managed to appliqué down the autumn colours this week and started some greens today
A couple of you asked me about colour and shapes of the leaves
I just cut the shape of the leaves as I feel like it,? it’s random and randomly placed.
Thread colour, I like to add a sulky gold to one side of my veins when I use a vein like this I feel it adds a little light behind the leaves, then on the opposite side I used a cyclamen?colour for depth!
I now have 3 more memory blocks on the go at different stages this week!
Block 2 and How ?I build up my blocks
First I choose the main piece I want to use then start to add and add till I like the look of it all. Take a photo then remove it all but the bottom layer of pieces.
First I machine sew down the green 1/2 inch wide flange which ends up only showing 1/8th of the green flange Then I hand sew and quilt these pieces down, remember I have the wadding and some muslin as a backing on these blocks, the? background Im working on is heavily woven silk from a obi belt from Japan. Yes it is difficult to work with; I have to push the needle through and then push it back up as it is so tightly woven using? thick silk and silver threads.
Add some more background pieces and appilque all these pieces down. .
Now Add my main piece and many hrs later
Have added beads, embroidery, Sequins ?and scraps of lace .
Finally I add the backing and fold it on to the front as a final border and hand sew down. This backing is? a heavy silk also, its like a crepe brocade????? I hope I have enough fabric for all 12 blocks LOL? No? I don’t cut out all my pieces I will need for the blocks first, I’m to excited to see my first blocks made LOL
This was a finished block around 10 years ago!!!!? I unpicked the basket and washed and bleached it a little to remove the stains.
First I added a peace pink circle of silk and iron-fussed it down.? Have started to add the first pieces of appilque to be?
Now I’m adding and adding to these blocks with tiny treasures of mine, my mums, my great grandmothers and friends bits and pieces
This was a very small silk pillow? Sadly the back ground silk had spots of mould over it, it was kill or cure, so unpicked the pillow and soaked the material in a solution of exit mould for 12 hrs watching it closely, success all the mould spots are gone and colour has not faded at all.
Two lovely to discard so I cut a heart shape out, ironed on some? irononfussing on the back around the outer edge of the heart.
Ironed down Heart now to play, cut out some crochet from a damaged table cloth, sewed down the flange? ?
Trimmed the crochet? carefully and Yes I do like how it’s looking? More next week LOL
In the garden just a quick peak it’s to hot out there?
My flower ball sent up another flower
Love this flower it’s so perfectly round?
Hubby brought me home a button crispy two nights ago, I will repot it in to this blue pot so it’s roots can spread out.
Not real cherry?blossoms, it’s to hot to have cut flowers now so some little silk flowers for a few months plus tiny deep lilac birds!
This avernoon I did not latch one of the gates, the tree ants had been using it to bridge their path from the ground to their nest, ?it did not stop them they made a ANT bridge!!! ?Nature is amazing!
An ant bridge?
Thanks so much for dropping by.? Its very hot 32C going out to have a swim to cool down, it’s still as still !!!
Will link up with Esther’s WOW or WIP’s first.