Monday, December 3, 2012

Design Wall Monday--Dec 3, 2012

On my design surface today is the final UFO Challenge left on my list.  Well, technically it is the final UFO number left on the list...so don't get excited, I haven't totally knocked down the other 11 picks! My #8, The Greenpiece BOM, is taking its turn since I swapped out different numbers previously.

This BOM is a beautiful medallion quilt with 2 pieced star blocks and 2 wool applique blocks per month.  I last recall stitching some pieced stars this past summer, though I have had the BOM for several years.

Five months' worth of pieced blocks have been completed. These are 8 1/2" unfinished, from multiple Moda designer lines--lots of different background fabrics to go with these yummy reproduction prints in browns, burgandies, greens, and corally pinks.

Only the first two wool applique blocks had I started cutting out before getting overwhelmed.  I'm using the freezer paper method for these.  Some of the pieces are tiny--you can see the small butterfly head on that extra freezer paper chunk.  I've never done wool applique on fabric so this will be a learning experience for sure.  The pattern calls for buttonhole stitch but I'm sure there are other methods.  Hints, anyone? 

This crow on a watermelon slice has a lot of pieces and I believe I'll do some of the simpler designs before tackling this one--after all, there are 20 applique blocks to make!  See more design walls on Judy's Patchwork Times.

10 comments:

One Minnesota Quilter said...

This looks like it will be a beautiful quilt. The colors are very pretty.

The only method I know for wool is the buttonhole stitch either by hand or machine. I suppose one could fuse down the wool and straight stitch the edges but I don't think it would be very attractive. The machine buttonhole stitch would be just as fast and look much better imho.

ANudge said...

This is a fabulous quilt, Annie!

Janet O. said...

Oh, this will be gorgeous, but I can see how it would feel overwhelming and be easy to set aside.
I have only ever done the buttonhole stitch for this type applique, and I don't have that stitch on any of my machines, so it is always by hand. Could be why I don't do this very often. Don't have time. : )
But won't it be nice to get a chunk of this done?

Stephanie said...

What a treasure you'll have when it's all done. It's beautiful.

Dawn said...

Beautiful project! I'm partial to medallion settings.

Shay said...

It's going to be a stunner. Lots of bits - would probably drive me insane !

Joyful Quilter said...

A lot of work, but it will be worth it, love the pattern. You can machine applique it..using a blanket or zigzag stitch...if you do make sure you have a tear or wash away stablizer behind it.

Patrica said...

Wow that's going to be spectacular. I admire your courage in tackling this complicated project what an accomplishment when it's done.

Barb said...

I was just thinking that I need to get some of my much needed UFO's finished....thanks for the conformations!

Lorraine said...

I remember you posting about this BOM when you first got it.....hmmm....buttonhole stitch is the only method I know for wool applique...but you can do it by machine or by hand....lots of tiny pieces in some of those blocks..!! Good for you working through your UFOs - I would be happy to be able to actually get into my sewing room at the moment...nothing happening on that front!! Note for Shay...the Oreos are now under my Christmas tree....not opened ..yet! :)