Well, friends and neighbors, this is what Spring looks like in my neck of the woods..........literally. Can you spell R-A-G-W-E-E-D? Sadly, we receive this particular blessing twice a year. Spring and Fall. At least it's a pretty color, but purchases of Claritin, and Puffs, go right off the charts!
I finally finished block #5 of Les Fleurs today. Thank Goodness. I'll just say (politely) that it was a real old booger to applique. I didn't even realize, until I was well into it, how tricky it is. All your vines, and flowers, intertwine so that you have to do a lot of partial applique, add a piece, and go back to finish the first later. I don't really enjoy doing that, and I think it's harder to get a smooth, pretty effect. It got done, however, and I'm just happy it's over. I do like the purples. What do you think?
I'm hoping the next Beyond the Cherry Trees block comes out tomorrow. She sometimes takes till the 10th of the month to post it, so I'm not sure when it will be. Otherwise I expect I'll go on to block #6 of Les Fleurs. Karen, and her group, are doing this quilt. You can see how different everyone's appears at http://www.sewprimativequilter.com/ . I love seeing all the varied interpretations of a single pattern.
I did purchase a small amount of pricey fabric this week, from Fabricworm. These are 54" wide voiles from Anna Maria Horner's new collection. Now, frankly, I have no idea if these will work well for applique, or quilting in general. They are quite sheer, as voiles are, and wonderfully silky feeling. I saw them first on Cathy's blog http://www.cabbagequilts.com/ and just felt compelled to buy them. I don't really know how I'll use them if applique is out of the question. If any of you have quilted/appliqued with voile, please tell me your experience, won't you?
I said I'd show more of Phebe on this post, so here is a photo of the first (but NOT the only) border that I did not use. I went through so many, that I didn't even take photos of them all. I even made a LOT of fussy cut drunkard's path blocks, before determining that they weren't what I wanted either.
I made 40, of the necessary 80, variable stars, and then decided against using them. I loved them on the original pattern, but ended up not liking them on mine.
This ended up as the border I kept. The vine/floral border is all broiderie perse, with appliqued and embroidered insects. I had never tried broiderie perse before, and ended up enjoying it tremendously. Then I pieced a "blended"border, and ended with an appliqued swag/broiderie perse border ( to be shown later). I was surprised, and delighted, that my son, and grandson, while they were visiting two weeks ago, really went wild over this top. For some reason, I'd been feeling that perhaps it was too feminine for guys to enjoy. I was happy to be wrong in this case.
I'll end with a question. I have noticed, while browsing other blogs, that some request no "tags". I don't know what tags are, or why anyone would like, or dislike them. Could you all possibly enlighten me? I will never do it, unless by accident, but it would sure help to know what it is that I should stay away from.Thanks a lot.