Just Takes 2 — This week I’ve been working on the hand embroidery and hand applique from the first set of Just Takes 2 blocks as well as the first couple of blocks from the second set. I do love the handwork but am pretty much a newbie at hand applique! It gives me a much a greater appreciation for those expert hand applique quilters in our midst.
Here are my blocks this week:
Here a some close-ups:
I would say that Block 4 above is my favorite! The embroidery was fun and relaxing. Below is Block 5 and the hand applique was NOT relaxing but was good practice. I have never used the back basting technique before but it seemed to work better than the basting glue that I have attempted to use in the past.
Block 7 below was a nice change!
And finally, Block 8 was foundation pieced, which is one of my favorites piecing methods:
So those are the 4 Just Takes 2 blocks I completed this week. I am certainly enjoying this project with some great support both from the Just Takes 2 blog and the Circle of Friends: Take Two! Flickr group.
Orca Bay – So I finally finished all the steps in the Quiltville Orca Bay Mystery Quilt up to the point of putting the whole quilt together. Yesterday I spent several hours arranging and rearranging on my design wall. It seems fairly easy to place some of the string blocks in the wrong direction so I asked my dear hubby to come up to the quilt room for a second pair of eyes. First thing he said as he came into the room was “OMG, that thing is scary!!!”
Not exactly the reaction I was hoping for! Yes, it is pretty busy and pretty big but I don’t think it is necessarily scary! He just didn’t expect it to be quite that wild. It is very different from my other quilt projects. He was happy to hear that it is completely made from scraps and stash and I didn’t buy one single ounce of fabric for this project.
I put the 3 rows that had been arranged on the floor together.
Have a great week, y’all!