Wednesday, August 15, 2007

CHRISTMAS APPLIQUE



Here is my latest project! Remember I mentioned scheduling a class when I had not made the quilt yet? Well, this is it. The center design is from a vintage quilt that caught my fancy, then I added a sawtooth border. I really loved the cheddar in the original and was excited to have the perfect color, thanks to Judie Rothermel's wonderful reproduction lines. The outer border is from Judie's latest Christmas line. There is no cheddar in the fabric, but it looks as though there is a hint and it brings the whole thing together. Next time you are in your LQS take a look at this fabric and see if you agree. This piece is hand appliqued. I kind of got hooked on that after the Home Sweet Home quilt. I am doing another by machine applique because the class I am teaching is at the Bernina shop, A Different Touch, here in town. By the way, the background isn't as white as it appears here. More the color of muslin.

I am still sewing in the DR because I am still without AC in my sewing room and office. I can sit here in the office for short periods of time, but sewing is another story. At this point my repairman is probably afraid to face me. He claims he went to California (3 weeks ago!) and forgot his cell phone. What are the chances?

Meanwhile, I finished a couple of good murder mysteries, An Unquiet Grave, and A Thousand Bones, written by two women who collaborate and write under the name P. J. Parrish. My husband enjoyed them also.

21 comments:

Angie said...

What a gorgeous block, Marcie!!! :> My most favorite sewing is hand applique. :D BTW, I pieced the little house block out of My Happy Place (see, I DID put that pattern on the top of my 'soon' pile LOL), and my niece loved it! :> Thanks for the 'murder and mayhem' book titles. Those are my preference (I know, I'm sick ROFL) and I'm always looking for new ones. I've been ordering from www.thriftbooks.com. You may want to check them out.

Any chance you could have your shop ship me a couple of pieces of those fabrics--the green border and that orangey color? Maybe a yard of each? Does your shop do any internet business?

Take care, my friend! Can't wait to see more projects from you! :>

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... lovely, Marcie! I've heard many excuses from service men but this takes the prize! Sorry for your lack of a/c, glad you have found a space to sew, though!

Jeanne said...

Would love to take a class from you. Your sample is gorgeous. I love the pattern, fabric and colors. I'm sure it will be a full class.

Rose Marie said...

Ummmm ... I can see a whole quilt with these blocks. It is lovely!

Gail said...

Wonderful block- I'd take that class in a minute.

Finn said...

Hi Marcie, love the block! Your applique is beautiful, and the cheddar is to die for! I'm NOT an appliquer, but that is a stunning block(or quilt *VBS*).
Sorry to hear about your AC and the 'ya right' excuse of the repair man...I've been sewing in the dining room all summer, and rather like it. I broke my sewing table in the moving process, and set up on the DR table in desperation..actually, it's cool, the ceiling fan is nice and I can see the bigger TV across the back of the couch. Phone is an arm's length away, not bad at all...LOL
Take care of you!, Hugs, Finn

pat said...

OOh, Marce--looks just like you! Love the Christmas quilt, although with the warm temps it's hard to think that far ahead. Sorry about the AC--I'd tie the guy up in the room and leave him there for a couple of days!!

pat said...

OOh, Marce--looks just like you! Love the Christmas quilt, although with the warm temps it's hard to think that far ahead. Sorry about the AC--I'd tie the guy up in the room and leave him there for a couple of days!!

Libby said...

Your piece is wonderful - you can never go wrong with the color combos found in antique inspirations. Even though they had limited options - they still chose the very best colors combinations.

Fiona said...

Great block - looks so crisp and well defined and the colours are perfect together.

Leigh said...

Your block is superb Marcie. Thanks for the recommendation on the books I love a good thriller. I'll look them up at the library.

Tazzie said...

I love the block Marcie, it's just gorgeous. The colours are wonderful too!
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Knot Garden said...

Wow, that block is stunning. Beautiful work!

San / Gypsy Quilter said...

What time does class begin? I'll bring the chocolate cake!

Kim said...

That turned out great! By the way, I think you have the same repair guy my brother has. He scheduled his guy two months ahead of time to put in electricity to a pond he was having built; when he called the day before to find out when he was coming, the electrician told him he was just leaving for Canada and wouldn't be back for a couple weeks! LOL!

JudyL said...

It's beautiful! I surely hope you get that a/c fixed soon.

Linda_J said...

Looks terrific, Marcie but then you already had a pretty clear idea that it might with working with EQ. I don't know what I would do without it since I am generally poking around in it or BlockBase almost daily. Now, my mom would be the graph paper and colored pencil girl. She loves doing all that math stuff to resize patterns and I think "why do that?---I got EQ!"

Vicky said...

Your block is so beautiful! Really beautiful! It's perfect!

Colleen said...

I'm new blogging and appreciated your comment on my "new" blog so I checked yours out and I totally loved it. The first thing that caught my attention was your "My Happy Place" wall hanging on your blog format. I just acquired a sewing room in my home when my daughter got married (in December) and have been trying to make it my own and get it organized. I've been looking everywhere for a great wallhanging for MY sewing room and your pattern just called out to me. How perfect "My Happy Place" is. It explains it all. I got onto your website and filled out an order for the pattern right away. You should be getting my order soon. I love your style and really like all your patterns. I'm sure you'll hear more from me. Thanks again for introducing yourself!

Susan said...

That's a beautiful quilt! You should sign up to teach more classes. =) I'll have to check for that author at the library!

Dawn said...

It is gorgeous! I love how it all came together!