Uncommon, Common Bride and Love Entwined

by Karen on August 31, 2013

in Common Bride, Love Entwined - Esther's BOM

Two great complicated applique quilts – one in the beginnings and the other towards the finish.  One so far pretty much as the original and the other completely different other than the center medallion!

Here is what I am doing with the border on the Uncommon, Common Bride – (formerly known as Common Bride)  Two borders of flower, vine and leaves glue basted in place – these well be needle turned so they are a little larger than they will be except the vine – the edges are already turned and pressed.  I will make one more for each empty border and then the stitching will begin – a finish in sight!!  This will be a table covering with it being taken off of the table when food is near it!  It could possibly sometime function as a wall hanging also.  I do not plan on any other borders – but never say never – when I get this applique done and try it on the table again it might grow some more – who can tell Smile but right now it is not planning to grow.

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Love Entwined has gotten more done on it as well – only the plaid portion  at the top — with all pieces in that area still needed to be appliqued in place and part three will be done.

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I was not happy with the center meeting (or should we say not meeting perfectly pointed) in the center of the hearts so I appliqued a tiny brown circle over them Smile now I am happier.  I still might go back over pieces later and add embroidery here and there as I see fit to cover up poor stitches.  I don’t like the cut outs in this – you can’t see as well from the photo as you can in person – I might and I stress might as who knows how I will feel down the road – I might possible add a tiny chain stitch embroidery around the cutouts to hide the stitches.  Quilts as these commonly had embroidery mixed in with the applique so as a historical (near) replica it would still fit the time period of 1790 I think.

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You should see some of the photos of other Love Entwines’ in progress in blogland and you will see why I say mine is not perfect – some are absolute perfection – check out Jane’s Threads and Treasures  blog – perfection in her applique – I am envious.  I have never really tried to have all curves perfect or all leaves and flower petals exact – I can’t stand the stress of that and would most likely stop applique if I was told it had to be perfect.  But for some it just seems to come to them.

I am happy with my work and know I have accomplished what I want to do with my work.  I hope you get satisfaction from your work too.  We all need to enjoy our quilting and not stress over it.

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kathie August 31, 2013 at 4:55 am

it looks wonderful don’t be so hard on yourself! I do like your fabric choices so far, keep going. Two heirloom quilts for sure.
Kathie

Vivian August 31, 2013 at 7:54 am

Love your version of Uncommon Bride. I thought the original full size seemed “busy”. It’s going to look so pretty on your table.
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Judi August 31, 2013 at 9:46 am

I LOVE what you have done with the borders of the Uncommon Common Bride.

As far as the cut-outs and your applique go on the Love Entwined quilt, I think it looks fine. Remember there is going to be SO much going on in this quilt – very busy design I mean – so it is unlikely that people would ever notice the tiny little things that bother you when you are working on it. It bothers you because you’re focusing on that area but when it’s done I bet it will be hard to even see where you have “problems.”
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Sandie August 31, 2013 at 1:55 pm

You are way too hard on yourself! But then aren’t we all our best critics? I love both of your quilt tops and your applique is gorgeous! I am all thumbs with applique and so admire all you do! ~simply beautiful work! I don’t think I could use the long needle that Jane does~ it would hit my elbow! LOL Have a great weekend!
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Claudia August 31, 2013 at 7:56 pm

Hope I’m not preaching to the choir here. The type of applique you have used in the centers of the hearts is “reverse” applique. I have never been happy with mine when I’ve done it this way, and I enjoy doing applique work. Let it “age”. It may mellow in time, or if it really bothers you applique a similarly shaped piece over the top of the cut-out, possibly a different color so it looks like that was your original intent. Slip a little stuffing in there and you have a trapunto.

Claudia

Jane in Wales September 1, 2013 at 8:06 am

It looks lovely, Karen! I wouldn’t worry about perfection, nobody else will. And I like the circle in the hearts, that looks great!
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