Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Auntie Green and Mary Mannakee

I've made good progress on my center for the Auntie Green quilt. There's still a couple of sprigs, some centers for the big blooms and a basket to do but I'm happy with my homework for class so far.
It's turning out differently than what I had planned, I was just going to go for some soft muted colours but after I got past the outside wreath, I found myself challenged to go with similar colours to the photo I was following. It's the thrill of the chase to find the right fabrics.
I don't know what possessed me to do another block for the Mary Mannakee quilt but I'm glad. It's been so long since the last one. It's is a slow back burner of a project so I like to just focus on a block now and again.
I picked another simple one to prep that I can pick up in spare moments. I have an overlay on the bottom half to place the leaves and I'll baste them to the background before tackling it as cutaway applique. The fronds would fray and distort if I trimmed the seam allowances before starting the stitching.
Until next time, happy stitching, Janet

37 comments:

Oops-Lah said...

Your Auntie Green centre piece looks brilliant. I love the colours. You obviously have found your applique groove and now can't stop ;)!

Denice Barker said...

Those look like itsy bitsy leaves in that wreath! What an endeavor you've taken on! Wow.

Dolores said...

Wow, you really are working away on this. It's lovely.

Donna~~ said...

Your Auntie Green is coming along beautifully--the colors are really nice in such a soft way! I envy your applique skills!

Karen said...

The Auntie Green medallion has soft pretty colors but yet some pops of brighter color to pep it up. Nice choice. You do such precise stitching.

Every Stitch said...

Love the Auntie Green - I have a pattern for this and it is on the list. Your Mary Mannakee blocks are just beautiful - wonderful fabric choices! I know what you mean about pacing yourself with each project - then it is fresh and new each time you pick it up :)
Hilda

Dorothy said...

Looking wonderful. The MM quilt is very large and even sewing it constantly it took me over 3 years to make. Your Auntie Green is coming along very nicely.

Dixie said...

Very inspiring to see your progress on these. So happy to see Mary again!

Julia said...

Auntie Green quilt is looking great, I love a bit of bright colour here and there to pop.
Gosh Janet, MM looks like very fiddly sewing...you are amazing to take that on too..
Julia ♥

Shirley said...

Auntie Green is looking magnificent, you are obviously enjoying it very much. Great to see progress on another project too. It might be slow progress but it is progress neverthe less. Keep up the good work.

Patti said...

I'm so envious of you getting to take this class. What a rare opportunity! I'm amazed your center is already done. I like the soft look of the fabrics you have chosen. I will so enjoy watching the progress with this one.

Sue-Anne said...

Auntie Green looks fantastic. I am looking forward to watching this one evolve.

Teddy & Co. said...

gorgeous !!!

Sonia
teddy & Co.

Carole~Wheels on the Warrandyte Bus said...

The centre of your Aunty Green looks gorgeous - love your colours. The MM block also looks amazing.

Terry said...

Your Aunty Green block is just beautiful! :0)

Kathie said...

OH Janet I love that your looking at the antique for the color inspiration its fun hunting for fabric, that quilt is just amazing and yes its now on my must do list! LOVE your center, wow.
oh my guess I need to take out my MM blocks now too!
it would be fun to make this block too.
thanks for sharing , so inspirational
Kathie

Mary said...

The center piece is fantastic!

Pinkadot Quilts said...

Your Auntie Green has such a nice soft summery feel to me. My heart always beats faster whenever I see red and green together!

*karendianne. said...

It's such a delight to see the magnificent progress with Auntie Green. Your gift is unforgettable.

Mary Mannakee is another one to adore and I love the fronds.

Heather said...

I love all these blocks and I am really looking forward to seeing your progress on the Auntie Green.

Kyle said...

Your blocks are awesome. The Auntie Green quilts is breathtaking and I'll love following your progress.

Thimbleanna said...

Beautiful applique, as always Janet!

Nedra said...

Your applique is always so Perfect! a joy to see!

gwendiequilts said...

These are both beautiful quilts. I've had the MM pattern for a few years. Maybe it's time to get it out and begin???

Carrie P. said...

you have made a lot of progress!
oh, the red and green are so pretty too. so intricate!

Rachaeldaisy said...

It's always wonderful to see what you are working on. The colours in your Auntie Green quilt are really beautiful, you'll have fun finding the perfect fabrics. Your MM block is amazing too.

Sis Voorn said...

GREAT !!!!

Stephanie said...

You are a perfectionist and it shows with every loving stitch. Totally gorgeous!

Kaaren said...

I can't imagine the work involved in needle turning the fronds. My patience would be frayed after the first stitch.

Janet, your work takes a second seat to no one...and I mean that with the utmost sincerity. Everything that you touch that is quilting, sewing or stitching-related is amazing. Gorgeous...simply gorgeous.

Janet said...

Your MM block is beautiful! I really like the fabrics you've used.. I think your center is looking lovely. I love the pop of a little red :0)

Marie said...

It's so nice seeing your Auntie Green come to life - it will be a work of art.

Lori said...

Auntie Greens is really wonderful Janet!! And as usual, your applique blocks are as stunning as ever!

Haley said...

Lovely!

Tim Latimer said...

WOW!...Beautiful work

Jane in Wales said...

Auntie Green is wonderful -I also love chasing just the right fabric, so much fun. And I love your Mary Mannakee blocks too.

roccagal said...

your work is exquisite! I just get so inspired when I visit your blog!

Janet said...

Glad to see you haven't given up on Mary Mannakee. You were the one who inspired me to make this quilt. Thank you. Look forward to seeing yours finished.