Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Still appliqueing

Could you believe there was a pair of scissors missing from this photo? Do you think its a sickness to still want more? I know every pair intimately and when DH says "why do you need another pair of scissors?" I just look sweetly at him and say "for the same reason you need another torch, one for every job!" Oh ok, now he gets it, lol.
See that teeny tiny pair of snips in the middle, they are airline approved but I'm always too shy to sew on flights. I don't like being looked at. And how about this guy? I think I should make a pincushion to go with him.
I've already chosen and prepped my fabrics for my third block of the Mary Mannakee quilt.
Here's block two all done, I just can't leave this project alone at the moment. I'm sure I'll slow down, I'm just keen at the moment. I think it's because I'm going on holiday soon and I don't think I'll be stitching much at all and I have to leave my applique at home so I'll just get a few weeks worth in before I go.
I was having a nice browse through this book today, well it's actually a catalogue of album quilts that went to Japan some years ago.
Now I really like this block on the bottom right and it might do for the MM as there are a couple of blocks I want to leave out of the original pattern.
Lovely quilts on every page.

50 comments:

Stephanie said...

A toothpick voodoo doll! Funny. :o) Didn't know there were airline approved scissors. Would you tell me the brand and where you found them? I know crochet hooks are approved but apparently not knitting needles!

More gorgeous applique!!!

Sue said...

Wow! That's a lot of scissors! I know what you mean about the hubby's. My husband has finally given up on asking why I need anything else for the sewing room!! His workshop continues to grow too and after 27 years of marriage I don't ask him anymore either!! :D

I love that block in the lower corner of the album book too! That is just beautiful.

Your work is so nice. I hope to one day do as well:/

Have a great day!!

Crispy said...

Yep you have a few scissors but you don't have my favorite ones. They are so old that I can't make out the manufacturer anymore but they are longish and slender with an angled blade. They are just perfect for snipping inner curves and sharp inner points. I stole them from my hubby's tool box.

Your second block is wonderful and I would really love to see that block in the book once your make it.

Crispy

Darlene said...

Well, I'm snickering at the toothpick voodoo doll - cute!!! LOL

I can see why you want to continue to work on this project - I call this being smitten! :-)

Darlene said...

Ahem - I have an ongoing love affair with scissors, also. I love them! I'll have to round them up and share one day. LOL

Darlene said...

Me again - teehee!!! I enlarged the picture of the scissors - the tiny, airline approved ones are beyond cute. LOL

Christine said...

One can never have to many scissors, love the bits on the end off your scissors to protect them where did you get those?

cheers
Christine

Nedra said...

I don't think I've ever seen a scissor collection quite as complete as yours.
And you are going on vacation without your applique?

ranette said...

Oh I have a scissor fetish as well. I have just discovered the Kai brand because one of the somewhat LQS's is carrying them now. I really like them, but not as well as my Dovo's.

Love the fabrics and the toothpick voodoo doll is too cute!

Your block is exquisite!

wishes, true and kind said...

I know what you mean about being too shy to stitch on flights -- I have a hard time with that too (or anywhere out in public). It draws so much attention, and sometimes I prefer to just blend into the crowd.

Love your scissors and ride that wave of enthusiasm on the applique blocks. You're right, we often do have periods where we slow down, so keep it up while you have the drive. That quilt is going to be a beauty!

Terrie Sandelin said...

Wow on the scissor collection. The toothpick holder is just about the coolest thing "evah"! I just laughed and really want one for my own. Your applique blocks are gorgeous!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Love you scissor collection. I have quite a few myself :-)

Fiesta said...

Janet your applique is just spectacular. I look at it and I am just marveled.
Like you I too love scissors especially the Gingher ones.
Like gardening tools I need a pair everywhere and my husband just understands now.
If I am gardening in the front, side, back, east ,west, I like my supplies to be close by.
Just like quilting, whereever I quilt, my supplies should be close by.

be*mused jan said...

Your second block is wonderful! And isn't that book great? I have a copy and was just looking at it last night. I guess I've got the red & green bug...again. :-)

YankeeQuilter said...

I used to travel a lot of work and always had a bit of stitching in my bag. Amazing how many folks will sit down next to you and just start talking about their grandmother/aunt/cousin who is or was a quilter.

Enjoy seeing your MM blocks....

Gwendie said...

I'd love to get a copy of the MHS book - it looks wonderful! Besides the center block of MM, which do you want to replace? I did that on my Circuit Rider top and I'm very happy with my replacements. I like them much better than the blocks I left out of the original.

Who makes that leafy, feathery fabric? I don't think I've ever seen that one.

Janet said...

Your block is lovely! Wow you get a lot done. I like the one checkered leaf in the block you like - makes me smile. It's a great block! Would you call that a horseshoe?

Juliann said...

That is a lot of scissors! Do you have a favorite pair? And that block is really lovely. I may need to take a break from browsing your blog - the inspiration is never ending.

Juliann said...

p.s. I love your banner. Another pattern that I have waiting patiently in the "someday" pile.

Karen said...

Love the toothpick holder!! And, such a grand collection of scissors. Block two looks wonderful! I have the red fabric. Love it.

Martha said...

The second block is unbelievable -- all those sharp, inside curves. I just marvel at your stitching...and you're so fast!

Annette said...

Your scissors are beautiful! and your stitching superb!

Carol said...

OMG the toothpick man is sooooooooo funny! I love scissors too...we quilters...LOL!

Quilt Hollow said...

Ah yes, scissors.....lots of them! How are you on shoes? LOL

Erin in MI said...

Awesome scissor collection! Now I know what to say to DH when he asks me the same thing - only I'll use flashlights on him :D

Julia said...

One can never have too many scissors...
Third block already Janet...you doing great and they look lovely..
Julia ♥

Kathie said...

2nd block is beautiful...fabrics for 3rd wonderful!
What a scissor collection...hmm me its all about rulers!
and quilt books!
but I can easily see I need a few more pairs of scissors.
I just LOVE that toothpick holder, tooo fun!
Kathie

Marisa said...

Oh, must get a copy of that book...how would one get their hands on it? What's the ISBN? Throw us a bone here!

MJinMichigan said...

I inherited my grandmother's collection of embroidery and sewing scissors and have done my best to add to them. I just can't pass up a pair of good scissors.
I've really enjoyed seeing the close ups of your applique blocks and stitches and reading your tips. I sure wish I could applique as fast as you and Kathie! Even with over 20 years of practice, I'm still rather slow.
Have fun on your holiday.

Maree said...

Love the comeback with DH about his Torches..funny.!...Love the block you have picked out it is Gorgeous..your Blocks are Lovely..
can never have too many Scissors really...
cheers

Vicky F said...

Your applique is to die for! Really! Don't you find half the battle is getting the block prepped?
Vicky F

jean said...

Janet
Once again such perfection. I love the block you want to use instead of the one in the original pattern you are doing.iykwim
I love your collection of scissors. One of my friends has a collection of rulers,and lets face it we all have a collection of fabric, and we ALWAYS need more:-)
BTW I only like your new banner cos I LOVED your other one with the candies hexagons:-)

Sherri said...

Love all the scissors....I never realized there were any you could take on a plane! Thanks for sharing the wonderful book as well!

PatchworkRose said...

I seriouly like that Bottom right block too . It is so nice.
Don't see a pair of scisseroos in that scissor collection :-)
theya re just so nice to use. Can definately recommend.
Love your prepped blocks
Cheers
Lynne

alobsiger said...

Oh my, Janet, I don't know what to comment on first. Your 2nd block is just gorgeous. What beautiful work you do....spectacular skills! And the scissors? Swooning. Of course, I am extremely impressed that you could collect them all to show us a photo! I don't have nearly as many but I love a pretty new pair of scissors -- I just don't know where they all are. They get tucked away with a project that is being taken along and then they go missing (ahem, along with the project?). I'm going back to look at them all now. And their lovely jewelry...very pretty!

Janet said...

I love your arrangement of scissors. I didn't know about the small airline approved scissors. I fly enough that these would be nice to have. You are flying along with the applique and I don't even have my pattern yet. What's taking them so long.

julieQ said...

I love all those scissors! When we cleaned out dear mil's home, she had over 100 pairs, most antique...I love them! Very pretty block you are working on.

Bunny said...

I feel the same way about scissors for some reason LOL. Love all your tip on them and that little doll is too too cute Ouch. :)

Chookyblue...... said...

I have quite a few pairs of scissors but nothing like that.........lol.......

Carrie P. said...

Love that little toothpick holder. Too funny.
I like that block in the book too. I like it because it is different.

Rose Marie said...

I'm still chuckling over the scissors! I never thought I had many until your post and I started to count ....

Judy said...

I love scissors and I only have 3 pair! Wow I am seriously behind in collecting them..lol! I love those fabrics and I have only seen 2 of them before..your collection, along with Kathie's is fantastic!

Now I can't think of a word for how your block looks...magnificent is too ordinary. You really do the most wonderful work!

Kaaren said...

I can't believe there is someone who has more scissors than me! I must show my DH this photo! I am a scissor addict and I've found a partner. Oh, oh!

I'm just catching up on my blog reading after being computerless for 8 days. My you've been busy, Janet. Your MM blocks are stunning, but I knew they would be. I finally broke down and ordered the pattern today and after seeing your blocks, I'm more pumped than ever now! But first I have to decide which scissors to use...just kidding!

Thanks again for the inspiration. Truly amazing work!

Judy said...

Had to come back and ask a question..where do you find the beaded scissor fobs? I realize they are knitting needle point covers but do you get them locally. Guess I might have to find some beads and make a few!

karenfae said...

that looks like a wonderful book and wonderful Baltimore Album as well.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Lea said...

*LOL* Janet, I love that Voodoo guy! It's so funny and yes, I'd love to see him as a pincushion.*LOL*

This Japanese quilt book is very beautiful. I always love Baltimore album quilt and love your idea of swiching original MM pattern to this block.

Meredith said...

glad to see you are progressing. I have been away for a little bit but I am back up and running on my blog again. I hope to get to my McCord quilt this week.

Jean said...

You do beautiful work, lovely applique!

Janet said...

I love your 2nd block. I have finished turning and basting the shapes on blocks 1 and 3 but was hesitant to start those "fingers". Will be posting the started blocks in the next couple days. You are an inspiration.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Yes you have pairs of my favorite scissors in that pic! And you aren't crazy - I LOVE scissors too! I had to do some catching up as you can see! I wish I could sew with you and have you teach me your beautiful applique and hand quilting.