Yesterday I listened to Carolyn Friedlander's Hand Work is Fun Webinar (which I loved!). It got me thinking about the applique quilts in Denyse Schmidt Modern Quilts Traditional Inspiration and how, given how slow I'm likely to be, I really should make a start on them. So today I spent some time going through the fabric requirements for what looks to be the easiest of the five applique quilts, Floral Applique. I'm hoping that by starting with the easiest, I'll pick up the skills to tackle the harder ones (particularly the Hawaiian quilt, eek!). Thanks to the needle-turn applique class I took with Carolyn Friedlander at Quiltcon, I already have all the notions I need and most importantly, the confidence to make a start.
The colour scheme in the book seems to match the style of the quilt perfectly, so for this quilt I'm planning on following the solids list in the pattern and adding a few print scraps from stash.
Armed with a plan, I really wanted to make a start. I was hoping my Modern Solids box would have some of the solids listed in the pattern so I could start cutting (I'm impatient like that), but unfortunately it doesn't have any of them. It's probably a good thing, there are a few other projects I should be working on this week!
As for my Ocean Wave's quilt, by squeezing in a few minutes cutting and sewing here and there, I've been able to finish five more blocks this week. I love the way the different shades of blue and green give movement and add to the illusion of ocean waves.
And one last update from my Quilt The Book project, I've pieced a back for the Wagon Wheel quilt. It's now with a longarmer waiting for the magic to happen. I can't wait to see it quilted!
Note: The Webinar link above is to Carolyn Friedlander's blog post, if you're a member of the Modern Quilt Guild you can access it through their website under Events>Webinars Past.