Thursday, January 05, 2006
What is it?
It is an experiment!
I like applique, when I am in the mood. But my applique "moves." I saw Carol Armstrong on Simply Quilts several years ago & liked her patterns. So I bought her book. (Oh how I was over my head.....) I also like double wedding ring, but the thought of piecing it - lets just say that that is not an Amy friendly pattern. :o) So while flipping through Carol's book Wildflower Designd for Applique, I saw an appliqued double wedding ring with Dogwood blossoms - have I mentioned that I LOVE Dogwood trees? I knew I wanted to make this quilt. (only smaller - reality is my friend)
At a quilt show, I purchased the "Perfect" fabrics for this project. The are hand dyeds - I got a gradiation of pink for the blossoms and a couple greens for leaves and binding. I decided that the templar and starch method would be best for this project - several of the same shapes used over and over. I was even able to purchase a single sheet of templar. I don't choose that applique method often.... (I later found that I had some at home. Moral: make a list and check it twice before heading off to shop!) I traced and cut out my shapes in templar.
Why you might ask did I get it pre-quilted?
My thought is that with my "moving applique" problem, I needed to get my quilt sandwich quilted first so that I could applique in the lines.... Finding someone to take up the challenge was challenging.... To begin with it was exceptionally hard to describe what I wanted & then there is the fact that quilting circles requires a special tool that not all quilters own & then becasue I want to follow a pattern, they needed to be spaced correctly, etc. I persevered, but the project stalled.
Another book by the same author that I own: (I am a "SUCKER" for cat quilt patterns, books, fabric, etc.)
Cat's on Quilts by Carol Armstrong (The hyperlink is to Amazon - where you can see a bit of the inside.)
Apparently based upon the hyperlink above, you can now get the pattern that I want to do singlely, but it was originally published in this book:
Wildflower Designs for Applique (Again an Amazon Hyperlink)