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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Diamod Hill is making progress - a hand applique' journey

Hello Blogland!  I spent the past few days out of town for a teacher's convention.  I attended some great classes that gave me so many wonderful ideas as well as some not so great classes.  I have a few more things to pull out of my teacher basket for next school year that I'll be working on this summer.  

I mentioned in an earlier blog post that I took sewing with me.  I didn't take my machine, but I did take a quilt to cut out, which I did.  I also took hand applique' that was pre-prepared (glue basted and turned).  I CANNOT BELIEVE how much I got stitched.  The photo below shows that I have one corner done!  Yay!  I also prepped another corner to do next time I am away from my sewing room.  This pattern is called Diamond Hill by Esther Aliu.  There is a link to her site below.

I am linking up this progress with 18 in 2018 over at What a Hoot.

Below shows the quilt it will border.  These borders are only in the corners and don't go all the way around.  I just love this pattern designed by Esther Aliu at  Her work is amazing but also very intense sewing.  I started this quilt as a BOM last year and want it completed this year among my other UFO's.  I love it so much that I even bought extra fabric to make throw pillows to match for my quilt.

The block below is missing a flower at the top, but it really is done.  You can see it above in the photo that shows all the blocks.

I like to iron turn the edges and glue baste the pieces down to save for days I am away from my machine.  Next week for Spring Break I will be doing some of that.  I am kind of all about not wasting a single moment.  I am always taking some kind of work with me everywhere - teaching or sewing usually.

On the way home from my trip I met up with my daughter and beautiful grand daughter.  We all went to the pool to watch little Arie play in the water.  She loved it!

I have a friend that wants me to take a class with her to make a really cute bag.  I haven't even seen the bag yet, but if she loves it I will too.  As it turns out, she can't go to the first class so I guess I will be going for both of us this week.  I still have no idea what I am making so it is kind of like a mystery bag to me.

Surfing blogland today I came across a super cute bag that looks pretty simple and fast to make.  I think I'll whip some up for my daughters, mother, and mother-in-law for mother's day or the grands for Easter.  

The bag I fell in love with is at Sarah Goer quilts.
Here is a link to the tutorial she used.  It is by Jeni Baker @ incolororder.  

I am linking up with:

Can I get a Whoop Whoop with Sarah
Finished or Not Friday with Myra
Show off Saturday
Happy Scrap Saturday
Friday Photo Fun with Sherry
Esther's WOW


Chris said...

There certainly is a lot of detail in Diamond Hill. It is looking wonderful so far. I too like to have a few applique blocks prepped ready to take along. It is amazing how much gets done a stitch here and a stitch there.

Quilty Fred said...

I love this border! This quilt is going to be amazing, and you are nearly done! I see what you mean by "so many new projects each year" ;))

Jo said...

You did some amazing hand stitching while away. The appliqué is beautiful. Kids live playing in water. Thanks for the bag link. Very easy to make...

Angie in SoCal said...

What a gorgeous Diamond Hill! Love your beautiful applique. And your granddaughter is so precious! You are blessed. Thanks for the link.

PaulaB quilts said...

This is a wonderful appliqué piece. You have great skill in working with such fine detail. The b/w background makes the whole thing so lively, along with your color scheme. It's traditional but modern in feeling as well. Just charming!

Sherry @PoweredbyQuilting said...

Happy spring break!!! The applique is FANTASTIC!!! I love how smooth the curves are, it looks so great. Can't wait to see it finished!

SandyPA said...

Your Diamond Hill quilt is just gorgeous! Your applique work is wonderful.
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Misty said...

This quilt is SO beautiful! I really love your fabric color and pattern choices. It has been a treat to watch it develop as you post your progress.

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Chris said...

Beautiful work!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Your border is fabulous! Gorgeous daughter and grandbaby.

Marie said...