Monday, November 4, 2013

Midnight at the Oasis Quilt Update

I've been reluctant to do a blog post until I made some decent progress with my latest project, "Midnight at the Oasis" by Jen Kingwell Designs.  It was quite slow going to get all of the applique border done and I did it in several stages over the last couple of weeks and really took my time as I wanted to do it right.  This has been my first real effort at doing applique by hand and I'm quite happy with the result.  I did not do needle turn applique, but instead I used freezer paper for each piece.  That meant quite a lot of tracing!  I ironed my freezer paper to the back side of the fabric and cut quarter inch beyond that and tacked it down with a glue stick.  Then I pinned with tiny applique pins and whip stitched the applique.  I also cut out a slit at the back when I was finished to pull the freezer paper out as I didn't want the bulk to be in the quilt.

I made the Churn Dash blocks at the same time as I was working on the applique.  They measure three inches finished size and took a while to get through as well.  I had a little help from my friends, Merran, Silvia and Danielle, which started out as Merran sending me a "naughty" Churn Dash block for working on this quilt when she says I need to finish my Steam Punk quilt first!  That one is so close to being done, but I'm waiting until closer to Christmas to finish it when I have some more time to spend at the quilting machine working on my own quilts instead of customer ones. 

In other news, my husband and I are just getting through the busy season--we each have spent so much time this year being sick with random colds, stomach bugs and flues that about the happiest moments we are experiencing are when our heads hit the pillow at night!  :)


12 comments:

Little Island Quilting said...

I am sure I will be at the front of a long line of comments saying 'wow, wow, wow.' This is just sublime.

imquilternity said...

It's wonderful! I'm just starting my applique border now, but have made a few of the churn dash blocks. Whew! They are tiny, aren't they? I'm loving this quilt and all the variations of it that we're seeing in the QAL. Yours is absolutely gorgeous!

Cindy MW said...

I am so in love with all these floating around Cyber-Space.
Love how Bright yours is.
Love your work.:)

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Schulz Family said...

It;s absolutely gorgeous.

Fiesta said...

Jeanette it is fabulous. I am working on my flower border . It s taking me awhile because I wanted flower shapes not circle shapes. How hard was it to make the corner baskets?

Adrianne said...

Soooo gorgeous! I love the section of churn dashes on the bottom left where they are all just perfectly in colour order. It makes me really happy!

Benta AtSLIKstitches said...

Breathtakingly awesome !!!!!

Jess @ Scrappy n Happy said...

It is looking fantastic!

Leanne said...

I'm with Alison, wow, wow, wow! I love the fabric choices and you are moving so fast with this quilt.

Sharon said...

Looking fabulous! Your appliqué is so well done, I can't believe you are new at it. Good work

Annemiek said...

I jumped in too with the MATO! I will never catch up though; I started a few weeks ago and am stitching it by hand so far. I'm at the applique border now and having a hard time placing the green stems. I will use yours as a reference for sure. It hard to "twirl" the pesky biais around! Like you, I'm new to applique too but i love every step of the quilt so far! (not sure about the churndashes though *lol*)

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