Friday, March 15, 2019

Dearest Boy Update and Sweet Emma

The 15th of March slipped up on me.  I was thinking it was on Sunday and not today.  But I do have my "Dearest Boy" block done.  This one has a very fall look and was not a quick one to stitch.  I do like the colors in this one.


I signed up for a through the mail class with Jeana Kimball.  I am participating in the "Sweet Emma" (named after her grand-daughter) class.  I have the larger center block stitched.  I am using pastel colors.  Something you don't see a lot of from me.  I have family members that do not care for the darker fabrics that I use a lot of.  The pastel fabrics will make one of those people happy.

Jeana Kimball uses the back basting technique for her applique stitching.  I am not.  I am comfortable doing needle turn using freezer paper templates and a temporarily marked background for layout of my pieces.

I will have more to share with you but will do it in another post in a couple days.  And I need to change my header picture.  I think many of you are tired of cold weather and snowmen.

Karen

23 comments:

Janet O. said...

The block looks really nice in those warm, autumn colors.It looks like it was a lot of work.
Your Sweet Emma block is beautiful! True, those aren't your usual colors, but it is still your top-quality applique, and the pattern is very much your style.
Your header photo isn't bothering me. :)

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I always do needle turn too - I have never found another applique method I am happy or comfortable with and I think I have tried them all - your blocks look great

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Yes--time for winter to get packed away--
and something light and springy to take the place!!!
Love both blocks--love the fallish one for Dearest Boy--
and a delightful 'spring' looking block for the other one!!!!
and I only do the needle turn applique with the freezer paper too11
luv, di

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Your Dearest Boy block is stunning. That would make a great Fall table mat! I was so tempted by Jeanna's mail order class, but just no time right now. I will really enjoy watching your progress. Those pastels are so beautiful and unique for this kind of applique. I need to step outside of my comfort zone and I thank you for the encouragement!

audrey said...

Your wreath block is wonderful looking! Your applique always amazes me how sharp and distinct it looks! And the Kingwell project is looking so very sweet. Those leaves!!

Robin said...

The Dearest Boy block is very nice. The colors are perfect. I, too, have family mwmbers who prefer other colors in my quilts I try yo make things with colors they may want to inherit but I always come back to my true palette. The sweet bunny quilt I am currently hand quilting is one of those "not my colors" quilts. I'm already kind of tired of it and anxious to work on something else. Jeanna Kimball is one of my favorite applique designers.

Janet said...

I look forward to watching your progress with Sweet Emma - it's a lovely center and I do love the fabrics too. I can relate to family members wishing for different fabrics but these soft pretty pastels are so pretty. I have trouble finishing projects I start in fabrics that are not to my taste so I try not to stretch it too far when making a quilt to give away. Needleturn applique is my favorite too :0) I love the acorns!

Little Penpen said...

I adore the acorns in your Dearest Boy block. Your new piece is wonderful, the colors make it so feminine!

sandi s said...

Your blocks are amazing! I love all your pictures. Hugs,

Rebecca in AK said...

Both of your blocks a beauties! I tried the back basting method and felt like I was stitching each piece twice. I didn’t care for it. It is still winter here so your header photo is fine with me!

Shelly said...

I love both of these blocks! They're beautiful!

belarmina said...

Karen que bonito bloques.
El otoño es divino
Tu foto de cabecera es perfecto para mi.
Buen fin de semana

WoolenSails said...

Love your new blocks, perfect color and fabric choices.

Debbie

Karrin Hurd said...

Love your Dearest Boy and your bunny header! I do needle turn too with freezer paper templates. I always love seeing what you have been working on!

Dorothy said...

The centre block is wonderful and so is your new header.
I spend hours sewing by needleturn. It gives such a lovely result.

Allie said...

I love that Dearest Boy block - and wow that house block in pastels is really lovely!!! I really enjoyed scrolling through all the posts I've missed lately, your blog is just pure eye candy, girl. And I dearly love that header quilt!

Cathy said...

I love the colors in your wreath block. I love the house block. Hugs

Angie said...

Your Sweet Emma block looks gorgeous - pastels and all! I'm still perfecting my applique skills, so I'm curious about how you use freezer paper templates. Do you put the freezer paper on the right side (top) of the fabric or the underside of the fabric?

Barb said...

beautiful blocks and the acorn fabric is just so perfect!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Your Dearest Boy block looks great--lots of work there! I'm not really a pastel "person" either but Sweet Emma is just lovely! I know so many swear by back basting, but I just don't see the advantage--must be a right brain/left brain thing?

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

Pretty blocks and like the Bunny! I need to update mine! SOON

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

Love the colors in your dearest boy block too! There is so much work in doing an applique block! Enjoy your stitches. Hope your hip is feeling better.

Lori said...

Both blocks are wonderful! Happy first day of Spring! I like the pastel fabrics you used. About this time I'm ready for it!!