Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Applique Group Review

Sat was my monthly Applique Society meeting and was there ever a lot of show and share for our little group.  The turnout ebbs and flows like any other group, as we have several snowbirds and busy lives.  Although only 8 attended this meeting, those eight have had busy hands.

First up is M, the daughter of our leader, JB.  This mother, wife, f/t employee, cannot sit without something in her hands and her work is fabulous.  While doing some cleaning/reorganizing in her sewing area, she found this block from the Carrie Hall Sampler.  So much had already been done on it, so she has continued the journey.  M likes the back basting method of appliqued.

Hexis with embroidery anyone?  What a terrific table topper and done in time for Thanksgiving.

To top off her show and share, look at the amazing sweater those busy hands of hers have knit.  Looks like it came out of a specialty high end store in the big city.  Absolutely amazing.  The opening is faced with a fabulous ribbon that M ordered online, sorry I missed a photo of it.

Next up is our fearless leader, JB, showing us her selvage bag.  I believe she said she sewed the strips to a foundation and then pieced it all together.  Again, I missed the detail shot.  She used a Moda selvage for the facing of her bag strap and it was so perfect.  These two both work the details to the max.

 Here is her applique, a Christmas block that appeared in our TAS mailer.  I saw the line drawing and though, hoe, hum, kinda boring.  Now that I see how J has started to bring this to life, I have put this on my to do list.  We all thought it has a great retro look, a flash back to Christmas cards from days gone by.  Does anyone still send cards?  I do, and they say Merry Christmas! 

A BOM that J is working on, monthly birds.  Love the black background on this piece.  The colors really pop.  Look at those bleeding hearts in the top right block, so cute!

A finished top and perfect to show and motivate us to get out those Christmas pieces that are not finished.  I still cannot believe that I don't have Christmas pillows, I remember saying that last year and promising myself I would have three pillow covers to put out this year.  Hmmmm I best get busy. I think J said this was a gift to her and she is giving it back to the person who gave her the kit.

K has been busy with English paper piecing, using little wedge shapes to make Pies and Tarts.  Love how she has done some Pies with two fabrics and others have been fussy cut.  The fabrics are all Asian and this is gorgeous.  Its a perfect 'take along' project as it fits into a little zip lock baggie.

Last, but not least, is CO's rendition of Di Ford's Mystery quilt being offered through Quiltmania.  C ordered the chintz to get started and the rest of the fabrics have been pulled from her stash.  Oh my, can you imagine what her sewing room looks like?  I'd love to go play in it for an hour or so.  The next round is appliqued petals and C has a start on that.  She says the last round is going to be slow going as it's lots of little stars.  I'm sure it will be beautiful.
Thanks for visiting my Applique group, it is such a joy to meet with these talented stitchers every month and peek into their sewing lives.



Gayle said...

Thanks for all the eye candy - great projects!

Karen said...

Lots of projects in the works. I love the Christmas quilt. All those Santas! Many years ago, I purchased a bunch of Santa patterns with the intention of making a quilt with them. Never did do it. I wasn't adept at applique at the time.

Janet O. said...

Wow, for me there would be a definite intimidation factor here. But your skills are equal to theirs--what fun it must be to gather and share and be inspired!

Mimi said...

Wow...what a great night you had. Everything was just lovely. Lucky you that you get to share with these ladies.

Louise said...

We are so very lucky to be surrounded by such talent and creativity Sharon, and this includes yourself! Nice day today, you always inspire me.

Nancy said...

Great projects going on in this group.
It must be fun to spend time with so many that love to appliqué .

Pamela Banis said...

Wow! What more can one say? I'd love a class on the pies & tarts! Thanks for sharing all the pieces!

Lori said...

What a talented group!

Martha said...

Looks like a really fun and industrious group!!! J is my mother :^) I really enjoyed what everyone is working on!!!