QUILT INFO

Liberty Houses is shown in the header picture. It is a Jan Patek pattern in her book "Liberty Garden".

Saturday, March 27, 2010

MACHINE APPLIQUE

"Land of the Free" has been prepped for machine applique since last fall. My knee surgery kept me from the sewing machine for a good while and I have been doing lots of hand work instead. I decided it was time to spend some time working on the blocks. I took these photos without a flash and I think they would have been better with. But you will be seeing more of the blocks as the quilt progresses.
If I ever do a hand applique Baltimore album quilt, it has to have a ship on one of the blocks.

I know, two of the same block. There are two of these in the quilt. I haven't looked at the layout in months, so I am not sure why there are two of the same.
This block certainly tested my patience. So many stops and starts with the stems and berries. I run the thread to the back with a self-threading needle. Then tie off the threads with a double knot. Then run the threads through some of the stitching on the back using the self-threading needle again. That gives you an idea of the work involved with each stop.
Hey, Mary! A pineapple. Mary from Quilt Hollow knows I like pineapples on my quilts.

I listened to the Bee Gees on my Zune while stitching on these blocks. Good thing I have lots of Bee Gees music. Well, back to the sewing machine.

Karen

34 comments:

  1. Wow! You sure got a lot done. I would have needed every Bee Gee song in extended form to do all these. LOL! They look great!!

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  2. Lovely blocks . Don't you love today --the sun is shining and I am thrilled with it. Will have the procedure on April 1st. Chat soon. Hugs, Marie

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  3. Beautiful. I love your colors and of course, lovely designs too. Can't wait to see this when you have all the blocks finished and top together.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  4. love your appl. blocks. I never know what is better flash or no flash and then if I photo fix on the computer it will make it look like I used a flash when I didn't...I think you're pictures are great!

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  5. Hye! I was jsut prepping more of these blocks this week and was thinking of you!! My ship poles can be seen through my sails so I'm not sure if I'll redo that one or not. Mine aren't appliqued yet so maybe I can cut out another piece and iron it on top of the pieces already down.??? Oops, jsut thinking out loud!!
    Your blocks look wonderful!!

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  6. Beautiful Karen! You received an award on my blog. Have a happy day! :-)

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  7. Hi, as usual your blocks look wonderful! It will bee and beutiful quilt when it's finich :o)

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  8. Your applique blocks are wonderful - such nice work. I am now going on 6 weeks out from my own knee replacement surgery - the sewing machine is definitely getting more comfortable, but you are so right to say - hand work is the way to go for a while! The Pineapple block is terrific!

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  9. I just love your applique!!

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  10. You did some really lovely appliqued blocks!
    Micki

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  11. Your blocks are beautiful! I'm looking forward to watching you progress on this quilt.

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  12. I spotted that pineapple before I read your post....loving that pineapple...I tell ya Karen two peas in a pod!!

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  13. Those are so lovely - I really, really love the ship and the pineapple. I think you're going to need more than the BeeGee's though to get through this quilt, lol!

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  14. Your blocks are gorgeous. Love the pineapple block.

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  15. Some great blocks there. I would never have the patience to do that sort of work.

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  16. What a great ship block. All the blocks are fabulous.

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  17. Beautiful blocks Karen!! I wonder why there would be two of the same, I look forward to seeing it finished so I know why LOL.

    Crispy

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  18. I don't think I've seen Land of the Free before - but I do like the ship block! blessings, marlene

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  19. I love your blocks, you were very busy ;-) The ship block is very nice!

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  20. Wow! Beautiful blocks! And that quilt in your header! Spectacular! Can I have it? lol! Thanks for visiting my blog -- I'm glad to have found yours!

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  21. Great blocks, especially your pineapple block, is it your own design? This is going to be a great quilt when it's all together!

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  22. Beautiful blocks. I like the Bee Gees, too.

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  23. great blocks...oh I love this quilt !!!!
    can't wait till yours is done!!!!
    Kathie

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  24. Beautiful applique blocks, very special! I love to see your work, it inspires me, Karen.

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  25. Lovely blocks to go with some fun tunes. Yes the one block with the berries would keep you busy for a while.

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  26. Oh, they are all so pretty and that is the coolest pineapple design I have seen.

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  27. Those blocks are wonderful Karen. Your applique is very nice. I wish I liked to do that. But I just dont. I love looking though. :-)

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  28. your blocks looks great!
    I like your pineapple and ship. I've done elly's ship, they are a lot of pieces!
    happy sewing

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  29. Wow - they look great. I can't imagine dealing with all the stops and starts on those blocks. Guess that's why I just skip the machine applique part *lol*

    I love the Bee Gees, too.

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  30. What lovely blocks - you must have the patience of a Saint! I think my favorite is the ship - it's really cute!

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  31. Pineapples and Bee Gees music, can it get any better!

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  32. 若對自己誠實,日積月累,就無法對別人不忠了。........................................

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