Monday, October 18, 2010

Christmas Saga Continues. . . . Design Wall Monday

You know I'm always stuck by how much time goes into original artwork.  When I do a traditional pattern piece, all the work is in the cutting - piecing - quilting.  When I'm doing something that is my original design all the work is in the prep work and design decisions.  This project is just another example of that.  It seems like after a month I should be farther along but I'm not.  Still once I think about it - quite a lot got done this week.

I did finally managed to get the right color for the border dyed.  After overdyeing it with the strongest red and letting it sit in my oven once again - it came out just as I'd imagined it.  I was VERY HAPPY to have it done in time for this blog!!  I also managed to make a full scale pattern of  the piece and get the templates done for the hand applique of the tree.  Yep - you read that right - I'm going to hand applique the tree.  I've never done anything quite so large by hand (did I mention this project is 37" by 50"????)so this ought to be interesting but I just like the smooth finished line of hand applique better than machine.  Fusing is out of the question  since I like to get little puffs when I machine quilt.  Still its going to be a challenge. . . . .Not to mention I haven't hand appliqued in about 4 years!!


Auditions for the tree - the far right won
Still I'm glad to finally get most of the design decisions done and get on with the real sewing!!  I'm going to take this along to school this week and sew when I'm on break.  That's another good reason to hand applique - you can take it  with you.

12 comments:

Chris said...

The far right is perfect!

Diane said...

the wall hanging is looking great!

Kate said...

Love the color in your border fabric, it was worth the extra effort. For your tree, I'd have a hard time picking between the fabrics on either end. I think either would work.

Kathie said...

I think you made the right decision on the tree fabric.

Quilter Kathy said...

It's coming along beautifully! Good choice on the hand vs. machine applique...I totally agree and for the same reasons!

Judys Fiber Art said...

I guess I am just too impatient. Handwork is out of the question for me. I am sure it will be wonderful when you finally get it finished. Anything worth doing,is worth doing right. Old, old saying, but still applies.

Vicki said...

I am amazed at the selections we have now in fabrics. Your quilt is looking great and the hand dyed fabric is great. I agree, I spend tons of time thinking about my project. Great job.

Charlene S said...

The process contains all the work. By the time you get to the quilting, you have thought out all the kinks. I think even after 4 years you will succeed at hand applique.

AnnieO said...

Getting something to match the picture in your head is so difficult! Glad you worked out the border fabric--it is just right for a Christmas wine red :)

Laurie said...

It's like bicycle riding you never forget...isn't it? I hope so I haven't appliqued for a long time. I love the mix of blues you used for the background.

Karen S said...

I really like this quilt. I do a lot of dyeing and I find I get the best color when I let the fabric batch in plastic bags on the driveway out in the hot sun.

Quilt or Dye said...

Oh, the decisions always take me the most time! You made some good ones here.