Monday, August 16, 2021

DRUMMER BOY, THE FLOWER GARDEN AND A HAIRCUT

 I finally finished my Drummer Boy quilt.  I picked it up from the quilter this past week.  This was a long project.  I purchased the pattern in April 2019, picked it up from the quilter on August 4th, and finished the binding handwork within a day or so afterwards.    I will admit that it did get stashed as a UFO for a good part of the beginning of 2020, but Covid left me with lots of time on my hands at home so I pulled it out and it is DONE!!!!!!

Now I am off to another long range project with my Flower Garden quilt.  Step one, thread to match the fabrics for the appliqué pieces.  The fabrics our shown in my post The Flower Garden. 

I found that in order to avoid the black dots on the background showing through my appliqué pieces I had to put Pellon Woven Fusible Interfacing SF101 on the back of the appliqué pieces.  I used it on the first two blocks, but on the third one in progress now I have change to using Floriani Stitch N Wash Fusible.  It is a non woven stabilizer and I am hoping it work a bit better avoiding stray thread from the woven interfacing on the outsides of my appliqué pieces.    
Once the appliqué pieces are cut out using Lite Steam A Seam 2, I paint on Terial Magic to seal the edges of the appliqués to avoid any fraying.
The first two blocks are done.  Once I finished with the blanket stitch on the appliqué pieces I also painted the edges over the thread to seal them with the Terial Magic.  The quilt is very large 89" by 91" so I am planning to cut it down to approximately 65" by 70".  I prefer to use it as a wall quilt and the smaller size is more useable in my home.  
This is our little dog Zoey, she is just 5 months old in this picture and in serious need of a haircut.  
Three days later Zoey returned from the groomers less a great deal of hair.  She survived her first haircut with not too much drama and seems to be enjoying feeling much cooler given our current summer heat wave of temperatures in the low 100's.

  

  
 
   



19 comments:

  1. I've never seen Terial Magic used that way for applique, Donnalee. Very intrigued! Congrats on your beautiful quilt finish and oh my gosh, how do you get any sewing done at all with that adorable little Zoey around to distract you? I'll bet she just wants to cuddle and play ALL DAY LONG!

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  2. Hi,
    Your Drummer Boy quilt is beautiful...love a the colorful fabrics. Can't wait to
    see your Flower Garden done. Have a great day!

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  3. Your quilt is so beautiful! I love how the Dresdens alternate their direction! To my eye , it seems to create such beautiful movement. Zoe is certainly a cutie!

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  4. You are so very talented.

    Zoey is cute in the before and the after. Adorable.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

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  5. Oh my, what a stunning quilt this will be! Thanks for the tips on dealing with the edges! good luck with your weekly goals.

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  6. What amazing work. We so enjoy seeing it

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  7. I thougt it was the dog who got the haircut :) Nice!

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  8. More amazing handiwork!
    And a cute pup to boot :)

    Thanks for sharing your link at My Corner of the World this week!

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  9. Oooh I love the new applique project. I'll enjoy watching your progress on that one.

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  10. Me too! I've never thought of using Tertial Magic for appliques in that way and I'm very intrigued. Thanks for sharing your lovely finish and your new project on Wednesday Wait Loss.

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  11. Your flower blocks are beautiful. As is Zoey, what little darling, pleased she wasnt too bothered with her first haircut.

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  12. Drummer Boy is Wonderful!!! it is so colorful!!!
    And Zoey - too cute!!!

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  13. I never thought to paint the edges of the applique to avoid fraying. That's the primary reason I don't like applique! Your blocks are so fun!

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  14. I love your Drummer Boy quilt, Donnalee! That's a really pretty design. The new applique quilt is going to be gorgeous, too - such fun fabrics! Ginger is looking much cooler after her haircut!

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  15. Beautiful finish, your quilt is gorgeous, I love the cute and bright Dresden! Great new appliquéd project too, the blocks look fabulous. And Zoey is such a cutie with her new haircut ;))

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  16. Congrats on a long awaited, but beautiful finish! Hope those pups show up at my National Dog Day linky party on Thursday! QuiltFabrication.com

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  17. Beautiful quilt finish! I have a top in my pile somewhere with this same pattern. I am in love with all the Dresdens. Thank you for explaining how you are treating these appliqued pieces, which are beatuiful btw. It is always interesting to me to see how someone else does things.

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  18. Congrats on the finish. Drummer Boy turned out beautifully. Your Flower Garden is going to be bold and bright, love the fabrics in your first two blocks.

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  19. Fabulous finish! Not a long project in my book!!! That applique is adorable! But Zoey! Not sure which is cuter--the before or after photo!!!!

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