Friday, September 16, 2011

Hop to It: "Buds in Bloom"

Oh, my! Long time, no post. Time just slipped away. It has been a busy couple of weeks, what with the boys (yes, both of them!) starting preschool and getting used to the new routine. Crafting has slid a little by the wayside, but I've managed to eek out a little bit of applique in the evenings and have another Hop to It block completed. Yay! This is block six, "Buds in Bloom."

Hop to It block 6

It feels kind of mellow to me. But I do like the purple/yellow combo. I used a variety of techniques on this one:
  • Bias bars for the stems
  • Needleturn with freezer paper on top for the leaves
  • Freezer paper on bottom and starch for the ovals (I don't use this technique very often-- but I really wanted my ovals to be consistently oval-shaped, so I thought the additional prep this required was worth it)
  • Karen Kay Buckley's Perfect Circles for the flower centers
I think it is going to fit in with the other blocks quite nicely. I'm getting excited enough about how it is looking that I might have to put together a virtual progress chart so you can see how they all look together so far. Maybe I'll find some energy this weekend.


10 comments:

  1. I think it looks great and will look perfect with the rest of the blocks.

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  2. Love it!! Question, why do you not do the freezer paper on the bottom? Just wondering it is the first way I was shown and I guess I have gotten used to it. Just always curious! Thank you!

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  3. Great choice of fabrics! I love the way you did this one! Lovely!

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  4. I think this one might be my favourite so far. I love how the stems meet in the center

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  5. That is so beautiful, Robin. Your applique skills are just amazing.

    I can't believe that both of your boys are already in preschool! Wow! Time sure goes by fast. It will be nice to have a few minutes to yourself, I bet.

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  6. Looks wonderful! I love how the stems cross over each other in the center. That mustard yellow really makes the block!

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  7. Awesome, a virtual progress chart would be great! I have one made up for my WOB blocks, I'll show later this week. I can't wait to see yours all together. I've not tried bias bars yet, how are they to use?

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  8. Purple and yellow is a nice combination and this block is going to look lovely with the others, for sure.

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  9. Awesome! Great fabrics again. Sure doesn't look like deviled eggs! lol

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