Wednesday, August 09, 2006

'Antique Cutie'

This is the block pattern for the floral quilt I am making, the blocks are set 3 X 4 with sashing in floral and muslin. The pattern is called 'Antique Cutie' and is from Terry Martin's book, Focus on Florals. I've just laid out the bay leaves so you can see the rough layout, I think I've cut up about 46 different floral fabrics for the bay leaves and the sashing strips so I think it qualifies as scrappy, but surprise, surprise, doesn't make much of a dent in the stash.

One thing I would like some advice on...when I iron the leaves down properly and go round the edges, what colour should I use for thread. In the book she seems to use black, which I think would be the traditional colour, with a machine blanket stitch. My machine doesn't do blanket stitch so it will be a widish zig-zag. I think black will be too stark, but what are the alternatives? I'm currently thinking green or maybe even red.

This has taken me the longest time to cut, yet it doesn't seem much when you look at the pieces in their zip-lok bags. I don't expect to make much progress for a couple of weeks as we are off again on another break soon, this time to Berlin. Yes, that's right, Berlin, that well-known holiday destination. Don't ask, my DH has always wanted to go there so where he leads, we follow!

12 comments:

Screen Door said...

What color is brought out in the sashing strips? Maybe you could pull one from that and bring it all together
Melanie

Katjaquilt said...

Enjoy Berlin. I wish I could go there soon, but with two little kids I have to wait til they are old enough or I have to go with a friend.

Patti said...

You probably won't like my answer, but if your machine doesn't do blanket stitch I think I'd do it by hand. I personally find that very relaxing. As to what color - it depends on whether you want it to stand out or not. Black is traditional, but will really stand out. If you match the colors better the stitching will be WAY less noticible.

The Calico Cat said...

I'd go with green...

dot said...

What about beige. I think that is what I would use.

cher said...

oh, I too thought of beige, or the neutral silk thread that would not show up

Tazzie said...

On one of my quilts with lots of outline stitching, I used a gold coloured silk. It ended up looking really nice, but I'm sure whatever you choose will be just wonderful!
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

anne bebbington said...

Fiona - we went for a long weekend nearly two years ago to Berlin - excellent!!! - must do's are the Reichstag, well worth the queue to get through security (it is their government building) and go up to the top of the beautiful glass dome, also the views from the tall telephone/television tower (Fernsehturm) are awesome. Some lovely restaurants near Savignyplatz s-bahn station out on the way to Charlottenburg in the west of the city - one of which was the best Indian meal I've ever had! Also a really nice mini-brewery and restaurant under the railway arches at the station at Hackescher Markt - ooh I'm so envious we'd love to go back, it was my first visit but DH was previously there the summer after the wall came down - also go for an open top bus ride - the best way to get your bearings - have fun!
One thing to remember it is a huge city so buy an all in s bahn/u bahn/tram ticket for several days - you'll need it just to get around - enjoy! hope the current security situation doesn't affect your flights

Katie said...

I enlarged your pic and love those fabrics. How big is each leaf? I never know what colors to use with anything. Sorry. I'm sure it will look wonderful any way you do it. Hope you can get to Berlin okay. Enjoy!

Marcie said...

Darling block, Fiona. I agree with Patti and think hand applique would be wonderful, but if you are in a hurry, maybe a neutral thread. From your picture of the fabrics, maybe gray? If there is green in many of your fabrics, the right shade of green would be nice also. I know I will love it when you are finished!

Finn said...

Love the bay leaves Fiona. It does look like a lot of cutting to get them all pre-cut and ready to go.
I wish I could help on thread color, but applique of any kind isn't something I do. I'm sure the applique gals will some advice for you. Enjoy your vacation! Hugs, Finn

Shelina said...

I like the layout and the fabric you have chosen for this quilt. I can imagine that the cutting would be hard. Are you going to turn the edges under or make it raw edge?