The grapes were picked from the vine by 8:30 and picked from the stem by 9:30. Then it was into the pot to cook for a while. Isn't that the most beautiful red color! A couple hours later and the jelly was into the jar and ready to eat. Supper this evening was toast with fresh grape jelly. Yum, yum!!
This is my newest project. It is another Garden Nouveau quilt from Vicky Lawrence's book. My first one was similar to the one on the cover of the book. It was finished in February 2011. I have wanted to make a purple one for a long time. During the trip to Paducah in the spring, I found vibrant batiks that I wanted to use in the quilt. I have to put the inner borders on so that I will know the size for the embroidered borders. Many more hours of stitching to finish!!
This morning I completed three more mug rugs. They are fun to make. You would think the fabric confetti would be so easy to place on the frosting. But I have found that I must use 505 basting spray to hold down the pieces or they vibrate off when the machine is embroidering. But they are cute to make and easy gifts.
Two of the four mug rugs for a swap are completed. Just have to bind the other two and the project will be ready for mailing. The pattern for the cupcakes is from Fabric Confetti by Vanessa. I found the pattern last year at the Houston Quilt Festival. The confetti is really small pieces of fabric that are stitched to the "frosting" background. The pattern is really for a Confetti Cupcake Quilt. The cupcakes are easy to make and fun, too.
Half of the blocks have been stitched together. I still have three more blocks to finish and then I can construct the block area of the quilt. The middle of the quilt must be sewn together before the borders can be started. Then I will measure the quilt top and figure the dimensions of the borders. It is looking great. Bonnie and Marsha are also completing this quilt in other colors. Both of them are looking great.
The is the latest block for my Garden Nouveau quilt. I have been busy with this quilt in between painting the living room and getting new carpet installed. So it has been a busy time. The colors in the quilt seem to be taking on a life of their own. I hope it all looks cohesive when I am finished!!??
These are the first three blocks of my purple edition of Garden Nouveau. The pattern was designed by Vicky Lawrence and is available for hand applique from AQS. I am using the digitized version by Anna Aldmon that is available for jumbo hoops because it is necessary to multi-hoop the blocks. Each of the above blocks have three hoopings.
I made this quilt in 2011 with the original colorway in greens. I have two other embroiderers who are also making this quilt journey. One will be in yellow and grays and is going to be stunning. The other will have dark blue bumpers and sashing. It is also going to be beautiful.