29 May 2012

Slow Stitching

I have two different design walls today. First up is the Baltimore Christmas quilt.

Block 10

I've been neglecting this BOM and thought I should try to catch up. This, I believe is probably the block with the most pieces. I'll apologize for such a terrible photo. The color is so off. See those candy canes? I painted the fabric before I cut out the canes and stitched them down. The gingerbread man and the holly leaves are the shrink film I mentioned in a previous post.

The other design wall item is actually on the computer. I've been hand stitching the pieces together for the Faithful Circle quilt and realized that I needed a schematic so I would know how many of what to make. I tried and tried to do this layout in EQ7, but failed so I resorted to my old standby CorelDraw. After doing this layout in CorelDraw I realized that I only had one!! full block to put together. I broke down the blocks by color:
     • blue = 6 sides to stitch on -- 1 block
     • green = 5 sides to stitch on -- 20 blocks
     • yellow = 4 sides to stitch on --16 blocks
     • pink = 3 sides to stitch on -- 76 blocks

This quilt will be totally hand pieced using the English Paper Piecing method and 1930's reproduction fabrics. I'm making headway but it's slow.

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  1. The gingerbread house is so cute - this is going to be a sweet quilt. I have never used CorelDraw - is it a free software download?

  2. The gingerbread house is wonderful! Personally I love english paper-piecing...haven't seen this design used with it before... interesting!

  3. Like the gingerbread house lots of fun details

  4. What a fantastic Baltimore block Paula!

  5. oh my goodness! that gingerbread house is the CUTEST thing EVER!!! Makes me want to get back to gingerbread housing!!!

  6. Anonymous8:03 AM

    I always admire your talent and your ambition. So many great things you make and do!

  7. Your Christmas block is adorable!!!