Friday, August 13, 2010

A Little Applique

Applique is wonderful therapy don't you think? I have started my Kim McLean Roseville quilt, yay!
It took me a long time to choose which backing I will use for this quilt. Finally chose Kaffe's Roman Glass pastel however I am going to stitch on the back of the fabric instead of the front. The back of the fabric is a little more muted and a little less overwhelming.
Front                                    Back

Have you seen our new blog Glorious Colour? There is a lot of applique happening over there...anything to do with Kim McLean quilts. Janet has a photo of her almost finished Stars and Sprigs quilt, wow, its a masterpiece I tell you! If you have any of Kim's quilts, or are about to start one, you are welcome to join in with the fun.

I have started my first block, hope to show it soon. Thank you everyone for your encouragement lately, we have had a few sunny days recently, so nice to get outside again! See you soon. xo

23 comments:

Stephanie said...

That is going to be one amazing quilt! We never think to look at the back of our fabrics. Looks like you found the perfect background.

Miriam said...

Woohoo, you are back!!!

What a magnificent quilt the Roseville Album is.
I love your choice of background.

Beautiful bouganvilleas.

Jackie said...

That is a terrific idea! My sister in law and I always take a look at the back. Her favorite saying is "you pay for both sides, why not use it". She is so right and this is going to be a wonderful quilt. I know with your workmanship, it is going to be truly glorious.

Lynne said...

Hope you're feeling a bit brighter now - your quilts are so bright, I hope you are too. X

Quilts on Bastings said...

Wow, that is going to be an amazing quilt! I too am looking forward to Spring - I am sure it must be just around the corner although it doesn't quite feel like it yet!

Petit Design Co. said...

a little? that's a whole lot of applique!

ranette said...

I am so excited to follow along on your Roseville journey. I've often used the backside of the fabric to get just the look I want and I think your choice will be wonderful!

Love the different color of Bougainvilleas, mine are just the pink ones that hubby grows in pots.

Briarside Lane said...

Hi, I have often heard of using the back of fabric as well when a softer, more muted coloring is desired. Looks good!

Love the new quilt project, too! Looking forward to seeing your progress. ...Karen

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

That is going to be one amazing quilt - love you choice of background fabric!

Rita

Piecefully Pam said...

What a fabulous background you're going to have, Cathy! ; )

wishes, true and kind said...

Yes, applique' is wonderful therapy. Look at you, getting your creative juices flowing. It will be so fun to follow along :)

Shelley said...

Brilliant choice! I love his Roman Glass and Paperweight fabrics... what will we ever do if they are discontinued?? Can't wait to see your blocks :)

alobsiger said...

Oooooh, that's definitely one of my very favorite Kaffes -- such a versatile and interesting print and colorway. Great idea! It will be gorgeous as background!! Wheee!

Oops-Lah said...

Yes I agree; applique is excellent therapy. I can't wait until all those blocks "come alive" under your fingers. It's going to be a LOT of work! But well worth it. And what a good idea of using the wrong side of the fabric. I'm looking forward to the first photos ;).

Ozjane said...

saw the flowers and thought that has to be an Aussie.....my fingers are too shaky for needle turn and that is my story and I am sticking to it...but am envious of those like you who tackle it.
I grew up from age 7 @ Baxter, then parents lived 10 yrs at the most glorious garden double block in West Rosebud and now I live across the water and often wonder how I got here. It was marriage and one working in Geelong and the other around Melb...but as soon as I see M P it is my real home somehow.
Taught in Mt Eliza & Frankston.....many long years ago.......see where a picture of flowers leads you.

Karen said...

It is going to be incredible!! Unfortunately (or not -wink) I did find Glorious Color. It's an amazingly inspiring blog. Maybe one day I'll be able to clear my schedule and jump in. Until then, keep inspiring me and lots of others. Thanks for sharing.

Cardygirl said...

I am so looking forward to watching your progress...so glad to see you contemplating this masterpiece! it is a great idea to use the reverse front of that fabric for the backing. You are so good...I never think about the backing so early on!

Rae Ann said...

Oh... how I admire you Cathy! The quilt is going to be quite a work of art. I hope that you will post about it often. Love it!

Maree: said...

Wow!!..Looking forward to seeing the progress of this Gorgeous Quilt...I have the Lollipops pattern..just need to add some Kaffe to my stash to start it....
cheers

Kim D. said...

This looks like quite the endeavor. I love applique but the pieces look so small on this one. Good idea for the background, I have used both sides of the fabric for the contrast in a quilt.

Rebecca Johnson said...

Good Luck with your new project! I just found your blog... its LOVELY!! xx so glad i did ! xx

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

That is quite the undertaking! I can't wait to see your progress. :)

Marci said...

I love the colors you use in your Roseville Album quilt; the background fabric is quite fitting as well. Thank you for sharing.

Best Stitches, Marci