New Territory

I'm pretty fascinated by applique - the modern, chunky kind that looks almost Dr. Suess-ish. I've been lusting after this:

Flower Garden by Kim McLean. It's. So. Delicious. The colors, the whimsy, the historical elements - sigh. I love this so, so, so much.

However, I'm not up to this speed yet. I have...uh...avoided learning how to do good applique, especially hand applique. I'm taking a class, though, because I promised Kathy Doughty I would. But until then....

I'm starting with this "beginner" project. This very simply constructed 12"x12" block will be the center of a medallion quilt. I'm not sure what the borders will be yet - I'm making it up as I go. I bought an adorable white with red pindot polka dots yesterday and would like to use that, mixed with a black and white print, to possibly make a sawtooth border around this center piece.

The flowers were fun and quick to make - they came from my scrap bins. They are set on a creamy muslin that I think I'll quilt heavily. I zig zag stitched them on. It looks kinda messy and very homemade, which is exactly what I wanted. Can't wait to work on this a little more!

And I've been busy with other stuff, too. My daughter swims and does a play every summer. This year's play is Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She's Asher, one of Joseph's brothers. Have I mentioned my girl can sang? Between her practices, meets, guitar lessons and her social life - I feel like I never have a second to myself! And I have 2 other kids to parent. Whew. I need a vacation.


  1. You go, girl! What a lovely quilt to be working toward someday!!

  2. Great block. Love the Kim McLean quilt too. I daydream about doing the Roseville Album one. You can probably get a lot of applique done ferrying your kids around to all their activities... ha ha... Go for it!

  3. How cute is that applique! Love it!

  4. Here I'd thought you'd fallen off the edge of the planet, but no... it was my reader! I guess it was "blocked" because all of a sudden I had half a dozen + posts of yours come through. You've been a busy lady! I love the applique. It's so bright and whimsical! The block you're working on is too cute. I can hardly wait to see where you take it.
    Here's a bit of applique inspiration I think you'd enjoy.

  5. Love the Kim McLean patterns, too. Wish I had more free time to get to some more new stuff.

    Fun flowers! Looks like a perfect summer time project.


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