Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Jo's Floral Album Update

More blocks are completed for "Jo's Floral Album/Anna's Blue Baskets" (whatever you want to call it).



It is enjoyable selecting the fabrics for each block and stitching them as most of the pieces are medium size.  All the fabrics are coming from stash.  I am doing needle turn applique.  I have full size layouts from the pattern set so I use a washout pen to mark placement on the backgrounds.  I rinse the block when it is complete.  The reds sometimes run a bit during the air drying.  I have found that a generous spritzing of Shout and a run through the washer with other items, and then in the dryer that the runs of color have disappeared.  I do have the edges of the background pinked with a pinking rotary blade so I feel comfortable in doing this.  I also put a color catcher sheet in the washer.

Thanks for paying me a visit.
Karen




19 comments:

julieQ said...

Your applique is so inspiring...just love the colors and fabrics you choose. Love this one, Karen!!

Jeanna said...

I enjoy hearing about your way of doing things, Karen. Two more lovely blocks...

Cathy said...

I love these blocks. I'm still checking ebay and etsy for the book. Hugs

Wendy Caton Reed said...

These two are gorgeous! I'm a little nervous about some of the vintage fabrics I am using in my current project, but color catchers have saved me in the past as well!

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

A couple more cute blocks--I love the color catchers--they are like mini miracles!!
enjoy, di

Robin said...

Lovely, lovely blocks. You do such nice work. And thanks for the hint about the running reds. I seem to have a challenge with that very thing lately.

belarmina said...

Karen preciosos bloques y bonitas telas.
Gracias por compartir.
Saludos

Kyle said...

Your choice of fabrics and colors continue to create a vintage style. Your workmanship is always lovely. Yes, thank goodness for color catcher!

Janet O. said...

You do such beautiful work, Karen. You have a great eye for choosing colors and patterns that look just right together.

Little Penpen said...

Those are so pretty. You are keeping your needle busy!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Your blocks are looking great! I always dread washing anything with red in it--I've also had trouble with very deep blues even with color catchers. I'll try the Shout treatment next time!

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

Love the applique!

em's scrapbag said...

Good tip for taking care of running colors. Thanks for sharing.

audrey said...

Great ideas for taking care of the fabric bleeds! I am always so nervous about the first wash.:)

sunny said...

Beautiful blocks. I have the Jo's Florals book, but I'm still too intimidated. I really need to master needle turn. I love the starch method, and it work great when there are several motifs that are repeated, but not so great for something like this.

Lori said...

These blocks are so gorgeous Karen! One of my favorites I've seen you make lately!!

Rebecca in AK said...

More lovely applique blocks! You are braver than I am, putting your blocks in the washer!

Barb said...

Just love these blocks. berries are my favorite!

Pat said...

More appliqué beauties! We use Shout for everyday laundry but never thought about using it for color runs...thanks for the tip.