Saturday, July 16, 2011

First Attempts

Well there are only a few more days to vote for the Design Star Challenge 1.  Please vote!  I would be honored if I received your vote, but I know there are many beautiful quilts to choose from.
Today I thought I would share my first attempts at paper piecing and applique.   

First is my wall hanging named "Sleeping Beauty."  It measures about 48 x 48, it is made from various shirtings and civil war fabrics.  I have to say that I love paper piecing!  Once I had a little practice it was really fun.  This hangs in my entryway, finished!  Sorry, I couldn't find the pattern to let you know who designed it.

This quilt is named "Vintage Valentine " by Verna Mosquera.  I have always admired my friend Robyn that does exquisite applique work.  She tried and tried to get me to start on an applique project.  Finally I gave in and started with this quilt.  I know, this was not a beginner project!  But I thought I should start with a pattern I loved.  I tried different kinds of applique and finally decided I liked the freezer paper/starch/glue baste method (tutorial coming soon).

I started this when I was pregnant and finished when my daughter turned 6!  I don't know why it took me so long, probably because I like to start projects more than I like finishing them.  Each block has between 40-60 pieces and the center medallion has over 100.  It is not quilted yet because I'm not sure how to quilt it.  Any suggestions?

One of the reasons I love quilting is because there is always something new to learn, and something beautiful to create!


  1. It's so nice that the Voting will end soon. I'm ready for another Challenge but it is up to the Voters and Judges. I like your applique quilt. I haven't done a full applique quilt that I can remember. I have several patterns to use that I have saved. I like the Freezer paper method too.

  2. They're both amazing, Anne!!! I'm especially drawn to "Sleeping Beauty"! The sheer number of pieces is staggering, & the colors & pattern are soothing/appealing. Your work is phenomenal!