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    MONTH 2 —Show Your Progress HERE

    Please use THIS TOPIC to share your progress on Month 2.
    Barbara Black
    Huntsville AL
    https://bbquiltmaker.blogspot.com
    "I am a part of all that I have met." A. Lord Tennyson

    #2
    I have my 2 side applique border for month 2 cut out. I am going with a wider version of the border and my Idaho
    idea of Garden Party. If you can't see the side borders click on the picture to enlarge and show entire borders.
    HelenW

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    • Sally W. commented
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      I love your interpertation of the design. How are you completely each section so quickly? Raw edge, fusible, machine or hand?

    • Marge P. commented
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      Beautiful!

    • Suzanne F. commented
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      Absolutely beautiful! Helen, I think you mentioned you are using a book with bird appliques as reference. Would you be willing to share the title?

    #3
    Love the corners
    Becky Jo

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      #4
      Finished on the last day of January, hope next month will go faster.

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      • Molly A. commented
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        I like your dark background. Mine (which I plan to post as soon as I am done Block 2) is also dark. I like the way they use the pattern with quite a different effect than a light background.

      • jptousley commented
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        Love your dark background! The colors really pop!

      #5
      Peg, What a great compliment. Thank you. No painting, or cutting out the figures from commercial fabric. If I could
      paint, I would probably do that because I love details. I have yet to learn that technique. I am using mainly my stash, bought
      the background fabric, but otherwise just using scraps from all my color bags. That is how I keep my little left over pieces
      I know I can use as a petal in a flower or a bird wing. I just have 2 1/2 gallon Hefty ziplock bags, and since they are clear,
      I can usually see the fabric I want color and piece I want without a lot of trouble . I am not against cutting items out of fabric if they are just
      what I am looking for. I am doing raw edge applique and machine stitching them down with a 1.0-1.0 zig zag stitch.
      I usually use patterns pieces from a number of patterns I have done in the past and just resize to fit what I am doing.
      HelenW

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      • Peg commented
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        I didn't see this until I wrote comment on later post- I'm doing turned edge appliqué and hand sewing (bought 80wt bobbin collection from TQS and it is working so much better than 50wt- almost invisible). I like the hand work. I've done a lot of raw edge too and enjoy that for smaller projects. I'm going to try some raw edge appliqué quilting (have Gina Perkins book)- 2 things done at once. I've done a little on some totes and like the effect, esp when using foam. I so enjoy seeing you take off in a different direction from the inspiration provided by Alex!

      #6
      Sally W, How I get it done so quickly, is that it is not done. I still have all the edge stitching to do on the two side borders.
      I started them the last week of Jan. because I knew I was not doing the original pattern, and that the length needed to be
      23 inches, but to fit my bird houses in I would need to make the borders wider. So I am going with 7 1/2 inches wide.
      I have tweaked my technique to make it faster than tracing all the pieces on my steam a seam. I trace onto freezer paper
      or in some cases print from the printer onto freezer paper. Then I put steam a seam on the back of the fabric I pick to use
      and iron the freezer paper design to the front. I don't have to reverse the image since it is going on the front of the fabric.
      Also, I can use the freezer paper image for repeats. Notice I have used the same flowers and berries and leaves in different
      locations on the borders. My typical morning includes 1 or 2 hours of quilting. I usually try to get one little section done at
      least. On my top border I did the sunflowers one morning, and yesterday I made my bird house scene.(see attached photo) Some times I get
      more time, some times less, but I like to do a little each day.
      CLICK ON PICTURES TO SEE FULL BORDERS
      Last edited by Helen W.; 02-06-2022, 06:48 AM.

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      • Sally W. commented
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        Helen, thank you so much for sharing your process. This is my first applique project and I love the hand sewing. I did get bogged down transferring the design to fabric, while maintaining the integrerity of the fabric shape. I like the freezer paper on the front and steam a seam on the back. Love your design and cannot wait to see it develop through 2022.
      This reply by HelenW has been deleted by HelenW

      Sally, The forum format would not let me add the pictures of the side borders, it said invalid data, so I am putting them here
      so you can see how I use repeats of flowers, leaves etc and I use the same freezer paper and don't have to trace them again
      for each one.
      The forum turned my post above to Unapproved so it will probably disappear, so I am adding a photo
      of what I wrote and the top border to this one. Some times I can not figures why the forum has weird
      responses. HelenW
      SALLY CLICK ON THE WRITING PHOTO TO READ THE POST THAT WAS LISTED AS UNAPPROVED FOR SOME REASON.
      This reply by HelenW has been deleted by HelenW

      Barbara Black, I checked my emails and I don't have one from you. My email has changed since the time when we beta tested
      the website. I think you may still have our old one. Can you get it from my account since you are an admin.? I don't really
      want to post it here on the forum. HelenW

      #7
      I do not own the large circles so I decided to treat it as I would the rest of my appliqué. I pressed it on before I sewed to add some stabilization. Thanks Barbara for all the tips and videos. It helps a lot!
      Elizabeth Anderson
      Cadiz, KY  (near Paducah)

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        #8
        Suzanne F. For my birds I am using both Carol Armstong's book Wild Birds for Applique and Quilt Designs and McKenna
        Ryans patterns for Home Tweet Home. McKenna patterns for the Home Tweet Home are now retired, but I bought them a long time ago. I love using patterns
        over and over again in various forms. HelenW

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          #9
          I am so pleased with the result. I added a Tula Pink butterfly!
          Elizabeth Anderson
          Cadiz, KY  (near Paducah)

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          • Jina K. commented
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            That looks so pretty. Love the butterfly! You also might want to look at the top right corner one more time.

          • Elizabeth A. commented
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            Yep , Lol…. Just noticed that. I’ll be picking out that corner!

          • Marge P. commented
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            Your piece is beautiful!

          #10
          Really beautiful!

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            #11
            I'm having a slow start and just printed months 1 and 2. Though I became a Star Member in March many years ago and shouldn't have to renew until March, every time I went to print it told me I had to be a Star Member. After contacting them with prompt answer but no change I decided to just renew and be done with it. If you can tell I'm a little upset but shouldn't be, it is a small thing but sometimes they are what bugs us the most. :confused:

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            • Shannon K. commented
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              I've had this happen. I have better luck on my desktop computer. This site is mostly unusable on my iphone. It doesn't seem to recognize my login from my iphone browser. Very frustrating.

            #12
            [QUOTE=karonray;n891831]I'm having a slow start and just printed months 1 and 2. Though I became a Star Member in March many years ago and shouldn't have to renew until March, every time I went to print it told me I had to be a Star Member. After contacting them with prompt answer but no change I decided to just renew and be done with it. If you can tell I'm a little upset but shouldn't be, it is a small thing but sometimes they are what bugs us the most. :confused: [/QUOTE]

            Karon, contact Customer Service for Account problems. They really want to help. If someone on the phone or by email can't correct your account, email John Anderson: [email][email protected][/email] We don't want any Star Member to have trouble with their account.

            Contact info for phone and email is at the bottom of this page.
            Barbara Black
            Huntsville AL
            https://bbquiltmaker.blogspot.com
            "I am a part of all that I have met." A. Lord Tennyson

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              #13
              Month 2 done! Loving the process and now the long wait until March 1st! The applique was easier this month, so I think I'm getting the hang of it. Thanks Barbara for all the hints and videos - they really do help.

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