by Karen on September 8, 2012

in Common Bride, quilts

Edited: I had this post scheduled and had written it up last night before the power went out from a bad storm that went through our area – large hail – but luckily nothing was damaged – no cracks or dents on the vehicles.  Power was out for about 5 hours and a cold front came through in the night – it feels so good this morning – 60 degrees and the windows are open!  I am amazed no trees came down in the storm on our property – the wind was horrible and the tall pine trees were whipping about like mad. 

Hail – about an 1 inch in size?


photo taken through the window


Now back to the post:

I now have all four corners in place – I guess that means I need to clean up the sewing room now – maybe later Smile

To answer some questions:  1 — yes if a flower is layered I do the bottom layer first and work my way to the top – sometimes I cut out the backings to make it so it isn’t so bulky – especially if the applique is large and I want to put some quilting stitches in it.

2 – Sometimes I draw around the template with chalk and that is my turn under line – for some reason I started to do that with these pieces and then shortly afterwards I forgot about it so some of these have chalk lines and some do not.  It is not a problem when you have done applique a lot.  The chalk line is the line I needle turn under – my stitch line – I can eye ball it pretty well also so I will just go with the flow and do it free hand.

3 – What am I going to do about those stems by the baskets – turn under or take the seam out and stick it and stitch back up —– I am going to first try turning the ends under – if it looks too bulky I will take the seam out instead – stick the stems in and stitch it back up.


all of the corners – close ups of color:





Now give me a month or two to get these appliqued down and I will get started on the next section – 24 star blocks – that part will take awhile.



Have a good weekend everyone – it is going to be nice here this weekend – I might not get back on the computer!! low 80’s today Smile how sweet.

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Mary LeClerc September 8, 2012 at 10:14 am

Looking great! I’ll bet you end up taking the seam out as it will be flatter . Anxious to see what you decide.
We got a bit of a storm too. Some power outages and wind damage throughout town, but we were spared. We did get over an inch of much needed rain.
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Charlotte September 8, 2012 at 11:08 am

Whew! We didn’t get the hail, only rain and wind which wasn’t too bad.

This quilt is going to be fantastic!

Karen L. September 8, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Well, the quilt block is absolutely stunning even before the final applique is done! And you say it will take you a month or two to get it done? I’ll believe that when I see it. Usually you get things done in a shorter time than you indicate but of course if you have a lot of other stuff going on, you may be correct this time. Looks like the rest of the quilt it definitely going to take some time. Lots more applique and piecing to be done. Yikes!!!

The hail is stunning also but not for the same reason!!! We have severe storm warnings out for this afternoon and evening. Hope we don’t get what you got but I would imagine that it is from the same cold front coming through. Guess I had better hang on to my hat …. or hair!!!

Loretta September 8, 2012 at 2:38 pm

WOW!!! That is one BEAUTIFUL quilt!
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Marianne September 8, 2012 at 2:47 pm

I love the colors you’re using for this! They look great together.

We are expecting thunderstorms and there’s a tornado watch til 10 pm – very unusual for Vermont. Hope we don’t get that hail, too!

Karen September 8, 2012 at 3:08 pm

I say a month or two for the applique because I am also quilting on two quilts and working now and then on POTC also.

Pip September 8, 2012 at 4:08 pm

wow, that is a big hailstone, would sting a bit if you happened to be out when it fell. The centre of the quilt is looking good, I like how there are pressing instructions in the pattern, quite helpful that.

Doreen September 8, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Just read about the crazy weather in OK and your neck of the woods (to say nothing of the East coast!?!)….wow! Your applique work looks to be just beginning on this one. Really love that pattern…right “up your alley”!!! Have a great/cool weekend! Beautiful here in the Black Hills! (short visit) Hill City quilt show tomorrow!! Pics to follow;-)
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Vivian September 8, 2012 at 7:20 pm

I think that maybe I will have to adapt the flower basket and flowers to use as a border for Kelsey’s wedding ring quilt. Where did you get the fabric for the flowers and leaves? It is perfect.
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Debbie in Alaska September 9, 2012 at 12:10 am

I really love this quilt…you are using colors I absolutely love. On a different subject…I can only remember seeing hail in Alaska once in the 14 years I have lived here. When we lived in San Antonio we certainly saw plenty! Glad you didn’t have any damage.
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Shirley September 9, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Wow….. just wow! Love watching you assemble this quilt. Your choices of batiks are perfect. It’s so beautiful, I’m awestruck!

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