I decided to work outside yesterday as it was just too darn lovely to be in the basement. I also wanted to be beside my fur kids.
I am working on the a-a-a-appliqué of my as yet unnamed (although there are some names for it I've uttered which I won't print here) Self-directed Round Robin. I need to create a fair amount of stem out of two different greens, so that is what I tackled yesterday afternoon on the patio.
The stems finish at 1/4". Which makes me twitch a little just thinking about that. I start with a bias strip that is about 1/16 more than 1/2" wide. The Clover bias tape maker takes a lot of my twitches away with its ingenuity. The Amazon source is just one I found; I bought mine years ago at either Fabricland or my LQS.
The iron is another Clover product, basically a curling iron, or soldering iron with a mini iron foot on the end. It gets VERY hot, and I might have some blisters or burn scars to show just how it barbecues your skin in seconds. If you click here, you will see the irons and (woo hoo!) I just found out there is a Clover Iron II as well as a larger footed tip available! Dangerous...
I still have to make more of the darker green stem, but I think I have enough of the vibrant green. And I still have thousands, well maybe hundreds, of flower pieces to go... This HAS to be done for the September show, as does the paint chip challenge I wrote about. At the rate I'm moving (rather, being distracted by other fun projects) this summer, it's going to be touch and go.
Distraction Numbers 8 to 12:
|Only block #5 lower right corner, and the hot pink solid are not scraps from that quilt!|
Some more of the Tula Pink City Sampler blocks that I made using mainly scraps from my Over and Under quilt, which might just go on the frame next, now that Floral Dreams is off. These are a lot of fun. Finishing at just 6", there are some TEENSY pieces!
And one of the biggest ongoing distractions:
|This incredible view from our patio|
Blue skies, blue shimmering waters, greenery above and below and beside me...good for the soul.