Sunday, July 20, 2014

Update on CCC Applique blocks

I have five CCC Blocks to finish and then I will be caught up and ready for year #3. I am excited about the progress I am making. For some reason, I have each of the blocks in various stages of completion. HA! They are competing with one another for which will inspire me to work on it each few days! These are the competitors:

CCC Block #19
CCC Block #13
#13 Alice Criswell - The BIG first block of the 2nd year, nearing completion.

#19 Emily Carlisle - I debated much about the fabric for this block and am not sure of my choice...but I am about 1/2 way finished and so it will be. I also have cut out 2 sets of green pieces for the completion of the blocks. The light olive green is my favroite, but it just does not fit with all the other blocks, so I think I will stick with the green already used elsewhere in these blocks.       

#20 Margaretta Harris - lovely "pie" block! I have finally selected the fabric choice for this one...I think... I really like the look of the block. This makes me a little bit picky when choosing the fabric from what I have on hand. So far the is absolutely the most fun of all the blocks. I realize this is quite a switch from my complaining about the first year block #4 that had channels to cut out. However, this time I am not killing myself to make the channels so tiny and there are no stop and starts around the circle to fool with. Finally, the fabric is delightfully cooperative!
CCC Block # 20

CCC Block # 22
#22 Jesse Jackson Smith - pressed plant. The pattern is already traced on green fabric and based to background. I thought I would add a tiny bit of my favorite pinky-peach fabric used in this quilt to make buds at the tips of some branches like Carole did in her block. It really adds a nice touch! However, after I cut out buds and laid at the tips I did not like the look and will leave the block plain green.

Fabric for CCC Block #23
#23 Mary Watkins modified fleur d-list looking block never had chance for getting finished soon since it is the most recent block published. I have selected a wavy stripped viney red and tan colored fabric to give it some personality!

P.S. I think I know part of the "problem" for lack of sewing...there have been very few days lately that I have been keeping hubby company while in front of TV - thus taking time to sit and hand applique. Both of us have been working late/long at work, taking advantage of long summer light working in yard and when I have stopped long enough to watch TV we have been going to our friend's house to watch. The show we must catch is The Next Great Baker reality baking show competition (My fantastic sister-in-law and fun, flamboyant baking partner the Jose' are the dark brown team contestants and doing well!!) You can see them Tues. nights 9/8Central on The Learning Channel (TLC) GO #NGBbrown !! Our friends use DVR until everyone arrives then we watch without commercials. Nice! ...but no time to look down for hand sewing! HA!

Monday, July 14, 2014

CCC #21 Finished!

CCC block #21 "Mary Trayner" had one petal sewn on Friday, but after many hours in the car, driving out of state to attend a wedding, the other petals were finished! (I drove to the wedding beginning at 5:30am while hubby slept. He drove home while I sewed!) I have to admit, this is my least favorite block. I just don't really like the looks of it. Some of it may be the boring fabric I used, it just seems so plain. Some is the quirky awkwardness of the irregular petals. I took a photo from an angle and like it better. HA!
Click on blocks for close up
I am thinking about adding some embroidery or adding some additional applique on the block...or something. We'll see. I'll let it set on the wall for awhile and see if it just blends in with the other block enough or if it grows in appeal to me over time. Happy Quilting!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

CCC Block # 17 Finished!

I like the fabric and the quirky look of this block! I used tiny pieces of the same fabric for the buds in CCC Block #14 Mary Wilson. Now I have only 4 more blocks to finish and be caught up.

In the next post I will give a more complete update on progress for each of the remaining blocks AND another block swap that I promised to Kathleen. Where did the time go! Now, I am on the other end of having someone wait on me - but she is being very patient!

Monday, July 7, 2014

CCC Block #15 Finished!

Began in March ...finally finished with CCC block #15. I think it is slightly larger than the original when I checked. I forgot to put printer to 100% and it automatically made full page :( Just like the last post about an imperfect block. This one will stay just how it is and I will move forward. I have again begun to work on the large center block. It is coming along well. I plan to get caught up by the time year #3 begins!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

CCC Block #18 Humility Block

Awhile back I posted CCC Block #18 Mary McKissick AKA Chester Lily in progress.
I began sewing soon after and sewed all the way to complete one flower. For some reason I had some difficulty getting the flower corners smooth and it took stitching some areas twice over. It was looking great ...until I realized that I had sewed the flower upside down! Due to the extra sewing it would be about impossible to rip out without leaving a hole or thrashed background fabric. So, it sat for awhile as I decided what to do. This week I sewed on the remaining two flowers in no time! The upside down flower will stay. This will just add some character and humility to the final quilt!