I am joining the weekly To-Do Tuesday Linky Party hosted by Chris at ChrisKnits.
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. Partially done
- Make more ombré triangles for my Ombré Lotus project. √Done
- If time allows, start my EQ8 Foundation Blocks lessons. √Done
I got the other five petals cut out to appliqué on my Lotus Bloom quilt, but I did not start appliquéing them. I did, however, come up with a better way to add the quarter-inch seam allowance that I will need when I start to needle turn these petals to attach them to the Lotus Bloom quilt. I used one of the curved acrylic templates that I purchased from Jen Carlton Bailly, and I incrementally moved the curved template as I was cutting and kept lining it up with the curve of the petal.
I have spent most of my free time this past week working on my Ombré Lotus project. Last week I shared that I decided to paper-piece the units for this quilt top. My main reason for doing that was the instruction in the pattern to cut down the jelly roll strips from 2.5″ to 2.25″. I just didn’t want to do that. So I made the choice to use my jelly roll strips without trimming them down on an 8-inch paper template which is a bit bigger than the pattern template. I found I was just a little short on fabric (if the jelly roll strips were even another inch or two longer, I would’ve been fine), so I purchased another Fairy Dust jelly roll knowing that I will use the leftovers for another quilt this year. I got all the triangles made by Friday and on Saturday I started sewing them together. It took me awhile to figure out the best way to match the odd angles so the seams lined up, and using a basting stitch first before sewing the regular-stitch seam is advisable even though I don’t always follow my own advice! Below is a pic of the first two rows without the background strips that will be added to make the quilt top bigger.
I spent some time on the first lesson of EQ8 Foundation Blocks. My heart wasn’t really in it. Hopefully fairly soon I will give more focus and time to increasing my EQ8 paper-piecing drafting skills as I really like the precision of paper piecing. Many of my favorite quilt designers primarily design paper-pieced patterns. Juliet of The Tartankiwi is particularly talented, and once again she tantalized me to purchase another one of her amazing patterns, Sleigh Ride, and she is hosting a Sleigh Ride Sew-Along. Her schedule won’t work for me as I have other quilting commitments. But I will be following the SAL and hope to make a table runner for the holidays later this year.
To-Do for the week of Aug 17th-23rd:
- Start appliquéing the petals on my Lotus Blossom quilt.
- Bind my Positivity quilt.
- Make more progress on my Ombré Lotus project.
Linking up to Chris Knits: To-Do Tuesday.