Sunday, June 15, 2014

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step

Laozi from the Tao Te Ching

This is how I'm looking at my new project "Auntie Green's Garden". It will be a long journey and I'm determined to enjoy "the trip" and not only think of the arrival (I think there might be another quote in there) .

To start a huge project like this one can be a bit daunting, but it helps to also break it into feasible chunks. As I said, I'm doing it with two friends and we meet every other Friday. We work together on choosing the fabrics and preparing the next step and then we have two weeks to do our "homework".




I haven't done much hand applique in a while and was a bit out of practice. I tried a few techniques (needle turn, wash away applique paper and back basting) but I think I will stick with needle turn (the Ami Simms way) as it is the most straight forward method. 
Thanks for your visit.

Cheers
Vreni x

21 comments:

Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said...

Beautiful - it will be worth it!

Julimond said...

Oh, liebe Vreni,das wird wundervoll, ich liebe applizieren und ich mach auch am liebsten Needlerturn oder reverse appliqué.
Ist das ein MonatsBOM? Oder kann man den insgesamt kaufen. War auf der Seite und da steht was von 14.95$ oder 68.00$

Ich bin total in Versuchung, wenn da nur nicht meine gefühlten 100 Baustellen wären.
Ich schau dir auf jeden Fall weiter zu, denn dein Mittelteil ist wunderschön geworden.
lg
Iris

Brenda Kendrick said...

Love the bright colors! Keep seeing this pattern pop up in different colour ways. Yours has made me want to purchase and start my own Annie's green

Julierose said...

Lovely block--I really like those stems--and the birdie... I am trying to SLOW down also...hugs, Julierose

Heather said...

Oh, your auntie Green center is looking wonderful. How fun to work on this project with friends. I too enjoy simple needleturn for appliqué, much more straightforward to me!

Sandra Visser said...

Love the peppermint flowers :) Your block and quilt will be gorgeous.

Lynda said...

Wow! It is beautiful!! Two weeks to do all that work.....amazing. I am slowing down myself. Trying to enjoy every step of quilt making and not feel like I have to finish right now. Looking forward to seeing all your blocks.

Cattinka said...

Das ist absolut der richtige Weg, so ein großes Projekt an zu gehen. Ich wünsch Dir viel Spaß dabei!
LG
KATRIN W.

Martina said...

Super schoen! Ein toller Start in ein grosses Projekt.
Nur weiter so
LG Martina

LintLady said...

Hallo Vreni,
gfällt mir sehr, dein Startblock! Kann mich da nur allen anschließen und werde weiterhin schauen, was du da so alles zeigst.
Viel Spaß dabei.
LG Doris

Susan said...

It's a beautiful project and you're going really well. I like your approach, our hobby is as much about the enjoyment of sewing as the end result.

Heather said...

I really like your colours that you have chosen. This is a great start to your project. Enjoy the journey.

Anita said...

Your quilt block is beautiful!

Jess @ Scrappy n Happy said...

It looks lovely Vreni! A little bit brighter than most Auntie Greens I have seen which is what I really love about yours :)

Jody M said...

It's very beautiful! You make me want to slow down and do some applique again!

meli B said...

It looks like you have done heaps already. What a good idea to work with friends and set homework.

Cissa K said...

wonderful start for your top. Enjoy the process.

Ailsa (Cape Pincushion) said...

It looks exquisite, I love the prints you have chosen. I have never tried appliqué, looks quite tricky.

FlourishingPalms said...

Really pretty, and I'm so happy for you to get to share this project with friends. Seldom, if ever, have I found a friend who wanted to make the same thing I do. You're very fortunate. I wish you lots of fun as you keep making progress.

Shirley said...

It is looking great however you stitch it Vreni.

Thimbleanna said...

Oh Vreni! It's looking GORGEOUS! I LOVE the stripe-y background, and, of course, the stripe-y stems. I'm looking forward to watching your progress on this!