Monday, January 09, 2006

Another Tulip Farm Block

Some of these blocks are rather large. They're fun to applique by hand. The last one I'm working on, however, is rather a big pain in the neck. The house block has three roof pieces and two side pieces that are sewn to the large house piece. Instructions are sketchy, at best (don't even get me started on that). They recommend you sew the pieces together by machine before appliqueing down. I spent a good hour today doing that and frog stitching, sewing and frog stitching, sewing and frog stitching.....finally got a good facsimilie and that's as good as it's going to be! Tonight I'll applique it to the background. (My personal opinion is that it is probably easier to just applique the pieces together.)

Spent some time cleaning out the built-in shelves in my sewing room today too. Good news is that I did this last year and tossed a lot of stuff. I was absolutely amazed how much easier it was to clean the shelves this year. I wouldn't have had to do that, but I tend to "throw" things in there when I'm in a hurry and the front of the shelves was a mess! Bad news is there is still so much "stuff" that they don't look too neat in the pictures -- but I'm happy with them, so that's what counts! This is the "after" picture. The two baskets on the bottom shelf in the back hold scraps -- the goal is to get them put into the plastic drawers I bought for scraps and recycle the baskets somewhere else!


Bonnie said...

I absolutely LOVE the tulip farm quilt! I love love love it!


Dawn said...

I love how your tulip farm is coming along! I've always wanted to do that quilt - just not enough time!

The Calico Cat said...

Nice block.... I am getting the itch to applique again. (I have a project ready for my plane ride in May...)

Finn said...

I think you are accomplishing an amazing amount Joanne!! Way to go on getting the house to that point. Did you catch that Jeanne at Spiral substituted another bunny block for the house??? I wonder wy??? *VBG* No, actually I can guess..*G*

P.S. Are you a moderator at DYS now???

Laurie said...

GREAT looking block! You do great work!! And, don't you just HATE "sketchy" directions??? GRRRR


Lucy said...

Oh my what a great block. You are doing so well with this quilt :c)

Darcie said...

I just love your applique Joanne...I need to try some for myself! Your colors/fabrics look great!

Hats off to you for organizing and cleaning.