It's official, I've started Carolina, the beautiful lily pattern by Paula Barnes for Bonnie Blue/Red Crinoline Quilts.
On the back of the pattern Paula reveals that the peak blooming time for the Carolina Lily is July to August, I thought maybe it was more of a springtime flower, but that's OK, maybe I'll have this top done by July or August. Right now I'll just go for anything that blooms.
There is a Carolina kit available at Red Crinoline Quilts, click here for details. In the product description they do mention that the handles and stems are appliquéd.
So the first thing I wanted to try was the stems. Paula recommended using the Clover bias tape maker and that's what I used.
I machine appliqued the stems and had no problems, but those side stems must be perfectly placed to meet at the correct seam when piecing the block together. I won't know how I did for sure until I get the rest of the required block parts cut and pieced. I used an overlay to get the seams in place. If it works I'll blog about my process. I'm not sure what I'll do if it doesn't, let's just think positively.
But I need 160 flying geese before I can piece blocks, so that's what I'm working on now. I'm using Monique's Fit to be Geese rulers and everything is going smoothly.
I'm using tricky background fabric again, where the front is just enough darker from the back to be noticeable when the quilt is done but not while you're piecing. So I made my little cheat pieces of fabric and keep them right next to my sewing machine for reference.
Tomorrow is my trunk show, thanks so much for your words of encouragement, I'll let you know how it goes. I'll be staying a couple of days with my folks while I'm home so I may be off my regular blogging schedule this week. Did you even know I had a blogging schedule? I try to blog on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays but sometimes I have to blog on Tuesdays or Thursdays if it's the first of the month for Blogger Girls BOM or the end of the month for the Schnibbles Sew Along. Speaking of which, are you counting the days until Sherri and Sinta get back to hosting that sew along? I am!