Sunday, July 19, 2009

Deadline...

I finally finished basting the blossoms on the "Sunday Morning" agapanthus quilt. All one hundred twenty-seven of them. I used some of my precious Japanese basting thread that one of my former customers, Bette Nomura, gave me a long time ago. I love this thread, all pre-cut lengths, which glides through fabrics with ease.


I've been procrastinating on this quilt for a while now, and I don't know why. HOWEVER, I just got the Road to California packet in the mail and now I have a firm deadline. The entries have to be in by October 1. Those who know me well know that I work best with a deadline.

Here is a glimpse of the final burst of blossoms that I basted down. Did I mention I am hand appliqueing all one hundred twenty-seven blossoms? I'm looking forward to the hand applique, which is a good thing, because how long does it take to hand applique one hundred twenty-seven blossoms?

One blossom at a time.


So off I go. I figure I can finish the applique if I stitch four blossoms a day for the next thirty-two days, which will give me a good 2-3 weeks to quilt and finish the quilt before I need to photograph it and send in the entry on time.

Four blossoms a day does not seem quite as daunting as the overall visual of this 6' wide quilt when it is spread out. The good thing? I know I can get more done on the days I have more time which will make up for the days that I don't.

It will be a joy to see this quilt finished...it's a work in progress SIX years in the making!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

You do beautiful work. You are a dedicated little quilter. Can't wait to see the quilt when it is completed.

simply me said...

Beautiful post Dianna! I just love how you use a combination of piecing and applique in your quilts! This one will definitely be a show stopper... I hope you enter it in a really BIG show! Your craftsmanship is always impeccable!

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I have a friend who quilts and understand it takes alot of time and patience. She says it is very relaxing for her.

Anonymous said...

I am so anxious for you to finish. Six years - what a tease! Janey

Jennifer said...

That will be a gorgeous quilt when it is finished!

The Artful Hawaiigirl said...

The colors are gorgeous. I love all the varieties of purples, Dianna. You've got me wanting to sew, but I can't seem to get to my own painting on fabric lately. Other work takes precedence. Quilters long to sew all the time. It takes us back in time to a slower country mode when life was not so complicated.I love applique. (Hawaiian quilting of course!) Good Luck October 1st.
Sorry it took me so long to get here. I didn't know what all this blogging was about until now. I started my own too. http://artfulhawaiigirl.blogspot.com ♥

AlessandraLace said...

lovely. hugs from Itay