Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Work In Progress Wednesday - Winter Apple

What an awesome few days it's been since my Family Tree Quilted Pillow was published on the Moda Bake Shop -- I really couldn't be more honored!

It's so much fun to see how quilters react, what they like, what catches their eye, and what is meaningful to them.  I want to thank everyone for your "Oh so kind" comments!  Thank you, thank you !

I'm replying to comments via email, so if you haven't received a reply from me you may be a "no-reply" blogger :(  Click here to learn more about no-reply settings.  Also, please send me your email address so I can write back AND be sure you're entered into the giveaway for the awesome Family Tree fabric!   Thank you.  ** Sunday, November 3rd 11:50pm, the giveaway is now closed and a winner will be announced Monday November 4th - thanks to everyone who entered and left such wonderful feedback **

Now back to Work in Progress Wednesday -- do you remember this little gem?
"Winter Apple" by BlackBird Designs...   Read more about Winter Apple here.
Winter Apple Stitching Last Pomegranate - 8/30/13
I started this Needle Turn applique a v-e-r-y long time ago and was thrilled when I finished the flimsy mid-September.

It's been laying around on a spare bed, layered with Hobbs Heirloom Premium Wool Batting and a pretty little Primitive Gatherings backing for more than a month now.  I guess I was a little busy with a fun tutorial ; )

Winter Apple Flimsy -  9/18/13
I'm happy to report that I found about 8 hours this past weekend and was successful in basting and quilting the Winter Apple background.  Woohoo !!


Sure hope ya'll aren't getting bored with Karen Miller's "McTavishing"; it had been my plan all along to McTavish this little piece.   I'm pretty happy with how it is turning out. 


I started in typical Free Motion Style with my darning foot on, feed dogs dropped and a Queen Supreme Slider on bed of my machine. I stitched in the ditch around the outside all of the applique before doing any background quilting.

Stitching the applique ditch 10/27/13
 I regret to say that I did NOT use Aurifil thread on this piece and I'm kicking myself for that. It's hard to see in these shots but the quilting thread I used was just too heavy and didn't lay down as nice as the Aurifil.
A Lesson Learned and Noted...

More to do: You can see that I've yet to do any stitching on the applique -- It hurts to think about... I'm having a hard time bringing myself to stitch on it -- I will, one day soon, stitch in the ditch of the inside applique layers and then stitch an inside echo stitch on the applique as well.  That's my plan !  (Convincing myself).  Thanks Debbie and Bonnie for sending pictures of your completed Winter Apples.


Before I do anything else though -- I guess I should fix this little boo-boo. 

Ooops...  better get the ripper out!
 More lessons learned:   Take your time, check your backing fabric, and don't stitch after 11pm ;)

I hope you enjoyed my progress today -- I'm still having fun !!


Linking up to some great Work In Progress Linky Parties -- you can check them out on my sidebar!  Click around to see some beautiful creations in progress.


Have a wonderful day! 

Hugs,
Karen





19 comments:

  1. Thanks for the link to my No-Reply Blogger post.

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  2. Oh my, this is gorgeous. Love the colours! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Really pretty quilting on that appliqué top! It will look wonderful when you get courageous to quilt in the ditch of the appliqué pieces - honest!

    Congratulations too on your bakeshop pattern. That's really exciting.

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  4. oh, my goodness! that is gorgeous!

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  5. Was that quilting done on a regular machine (not a longarm?)? Can I ask where you learned your quilting? And do you have tips for someone who has not ventured in that area? I have done lots of quilting on my machine but it's mostly freehand and not nearly this lovely.

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  6. Lovely quilt! I adore almost any pattern with pomegranites!!

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  7. This is stunning and I loved reading about your quilting process. I'd just love to be able to fmq like that!

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  8. Very detailed quilting. The quilt is beautiful.

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  9. Found you on Moda Bakeshop. Just had to comment that my name is Karen Miller, also.

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  10. Oh my gosh! Yes, I've done that, too, quilting the flap of the backing down. What a pain to pick out! Your quilt is so pretty, though. :)

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  11. Looks beautiful Karen and yep.....been there, done that.....have fun unpicking :)

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  12. Who can tire of McTavishing. It makes a fabulous filler/background pattern. Yours looks great.

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  13. Your quilting is absolutely amazing! and I've had that happen with my backing before. I must say that you're handling it much better than I did though, haha!

    Thank you so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  14. Quilt and quilting beautiful and nice to see I am not the only one who makes boo boos like that.
    Bunny

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Thank you for your Sweet comments!