Monday, January 26, 2009

Appliqueing the vine quilt

I've had a productive burst on starting the vine quilt and I'm loving it so far. It's coming out quite a bit more vibrant than I had imagined.
There are four participants for making this quilt. Tracey who inspired us, Kathie, Meredith and myself.
I'm not following the pattern by Fons and Porter in the book because all the branches are the same and I also wanted to re-size my version. You can see an image of the original quilt here where they give some measurements which have some discrepancies.
I have cut my panels wider to allow for distortion and it will finish at 5" wide. See how I've used a pinking blade to cut them? this means no unravelling while stitching and handling. I also basted a mid line as a guide for trimming later.

The leaves are strip pieced, Tracey clever clogs can eyeball and freehand cut leaves, I need a template so I am drawing them out and using freezer paper on top of the strips to cut them out.
The main vine and branches are basted so that the leaves can be tucked under, then it's appliqued down afterwards.
I've also been nibbling at some other projects, this bird border needs a lot of circles on it yet. Original quilt pattern available here.

I was in the mood for a little hand quilting so started on this with some outline stitching. It's just too hot to handle a full size quilt.

20 comments:

Lurline said...

What can one say, Janet - divine!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Catherine said...

Your leaves look wonderful!!
Thanks for the tip on using a pinking blade!

QuiltedSimple said...

Very pretty! Love it - it's coming along great!
Kris

Janet said...

I LOVE your vine progress - it looks wonderful!! It tempts me to try it too... The other 2 projects you are working on are so lovely - What a treat to visit your blog today.

Shari said...

I'm just so excited to see you start on this project and it is so wonderful so far!! I really like it. Thanks for sharing construction techniques.
Cheers! Shari

pamina said...

Woaw, it is sumptuous !

Kathie said...

oh no! now I know I need to get going on mine
yours is beautiful, oh I love all those leaves...
can I really do this?
Kathie

Kathie said...

Love the way the border is coming out, and you finished the 4 princess feather blocks already too...
oh my I need put all my projects away and start catching up
I bought this pattern last summer and it is just sitting here waiting its turn...
your border is turning out soooo beautiful
love the block your hand quilting too
you amaze me with all you get done..
whats your secret?

Fiesta said...

Janet your leaves look terrific.
ONe day I will try this too. I would have loved to join you guys but my plate runneth over.
I simply love the quilt you are hand quilting. Can't wait to see the whole thing.

Carol said...

OMG Janet that is just amazing...that is going to be one beautiful quilt!

Maree said...

Love the fabrics you are using on this Quilt...also Love your colour choices in the bird quilt it is Gorgeous...
cheers

ranette said...

Someday when I'm a grown-up appliquer, I'm going to do work like yours. Absolutely beautiful!!!

Linda said...

Janet, I am so into that pattern of the origami bag. I just want to keep making them. I made one for my Mom and she loves it. It's not pictured on the blog. Then my sister wanted a big one to use as a pocketbook so we made 2 bags by cutting out the fabric squares at 24 inches. They turned out GREAT and we LOVE THEM. They are perfect. Take a look and see what you think. We picked out more colorful, succulent fabric this time - like yours. We love the fabric you made yours in. :)
Thanks again. Having fun. Linda
How's the weather? We're deep under snow and a prediction of 12 inches for Wednesday but I know we won't get that much. The weathermen always say we're getting more snow than we actually get.

Christine said...

WOW! Your work is gorgeous.

Carrie P. said...

Wow the leaves look great. You have been so busy.

Quilts And Pieces said...

It is gorgeous so far. But you would not get me doing it! I hate appliquing leaves!

MJinMichigan said...

Janet, Henry Ford Museum had an exhibit of their collection of Susan McCord quilts in 1988 and published a book of them. I was lucky enough to see the exhibit then and once since and love her quilts especially the vines you are copying. The book states that the quilt is 81" x 75 3/4" and the panels are 4 1/4" x 76" with 10 quilting stitches per inch. Hope this helps.

Darlene said...

Stunning - simply stunning! I'd lost track of your blog and so glad to have 'found' you again, Janet. I'm quite smitten with your work.

Judy said...

Wow you do fantastic work! They look so good and I know how hard it is to get seams turned under and looking great and smooth...good job!

belinda said...

Looks like you are off to a good start......I love to hand quilt too!