I am joining the weekly To-Do Tuesday Linky Party hosted by Chris at ChrisKnits.
To-Do for the week of Aug 3rd-Aug 9th:
- Cut some petals to be appliquéd on my Lotus Blossom quilt. √Done
- Make some ombré triangles for a new ombré quilt project that I will share about next week. √Done
- Start hand-quilting my Dahlia Sashiko project. √Done
I got two petals cut out to appliqué on my Lotus Bloom quilt. I’m using the freezer paper method of appliqué recommended on the Quilter’s Planner website.
My regular blog readers are familiar with my fondness for ombré projects. For my birthday earlier this year my friend, Mary, gave me an assortment of ombré pre-cuts. With the Fairy Dust fat quarter bundle, I made a wall hanging using a photo of my Planner at work for inspiration. I’ve been saving the Fairy Dust jelly roll for just the right ombré quilt that I can put on my bed with the Planner wall hanging behind it. Well, I found it last month when I opened a newsletter from Purple Daisies Quilting. I usually buy PDF patterns, but I liked the Ombré Lotus pattern so well that I bought the paper version. It is a Needle in a Hayes Stack pattern featuring Ombré Bloom by V and Co. for Moda. What I didn’t realize is that all the different ombré jelly rolls by V and Co. don’t have the exact same color distribution of the 2.5″ strips though the color distribution for Fairy Dust is not very different from Ombré Bloom. I ordered a couple extra Ombré Fairy Dust half-yards knowing that it is fabric I really like that I won’t mind having in my stash minus a 2.5 strip or two. The first pic below is of the pattern. I’m sure it won’t surprise my quilting friends (and even a few non-quilting friends) that I will be using a grey background rather than the white background featured in the pattern. The second pic shows a number of the triangles I’ve made so far though I must confess to paper piecing rather than following the pattern instructions.
I did start hand quilting my Dahlia Sashiko project, but I found it really time consuming and not much “bang for the buck”. I read several blog posts on hand quilting on Pinterest, and they all recommended using thicker thread for “big stitch quilting” to add visual texture and interest with less of a time commitment than using 50wt thread. I don’t want to do that because I feel it would compete with my Sashiko stitching. So I’m going to take out my hand quilting and do some machine stitching instead. I want the quilting to recede similar to the quilting on my brother’s Two Cranes Sashiko Pillow.
To-Do for the week of Aug 10th-16th:
- Cut the rest of the petals to be appliquéd on my Lotus Blossom quilt and start appliquéing them.
- Make more ombré triangles for my Ombré Lotus project.
- If time allows, start my EQ8 Foundation Blocks lessons.
Linking up to Chris Knits: To-Do Tuesday.
I just finished a quilt top using Fairy Dust, and it was a real challenge keeping the fabrics straight when piecing it together. Some of those ombres are so close in color to another. The finish is so fun, though, seeing how those fabrics blend so well. Can’t wait to see your two projects, and I’ll be watching to see how you quilt your Sashiko. I have just finished some little Sashiko blocks and I know how I want to finish the quilt top, but the quilting is puzzling me a bit.
The Lotus Blossom design is lovely! I can see why you’re drawn to it, and the fabric, too.
Wonderful progress on your projects! I plan on using a heavier thread in my machine to quilt on a Shibori top I pieced last year. Just need to get it out and practice with the 12wt thread. Thanks for linking up with To-Do Tuesday and good luck with next week’s goals.
The Lotus Ombre pattern is beautiful — I too have a thing for ombre fabrics – I recently made a table runner using Snippets by StudioE, it had more “bling” which my daughter loves. I’ll be gifting her the runner in a few weeks. I’m still hoarding a bundle of confetti dots! Looking forward to seeing your progress – you always work on such cool projects!
What a beautiful pattern Lotus Ombre is.
It is going to be a stunning project.