Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Peppermint Twist Progress




I get it...back basting that is! I finally can do applique. Shown here is the beginning of my applique for the center square on the "Peppermint Twist" quilt that I started in my class with Jo Morton at "Road to California"


OK, so its a slow process for me but the good news is that I can do this! After appliquéing the stem, I went ahead and basted all the leaves. Today, I got 4 1/2  leaves done and I really enjoyed it!


This is a work in progress and one that I think I'm really going to enjoy doing! 
Stay tuned for more updates...


PS: Interesting how the fabric looks darker in the second photo! Maybe I should take some photography classes, eh?

17 comments:

Betweens said...

awesome work so far!! great background fabric for your applique it looks like everyone is admiring your work..LOL

So glad that you are enjoying the applique process..that is one more blogger I can admire her wonderful hand work!!

Valentina said...

Elaine, how beautiful!
And thanks so very much for sharing your JoMorton adventure with us: Wow!
I just love those mini's...

xox
your hexi-sis
Valentina from Cyprus

Miri said...

I really like the block. I've never done back basting-I'm a straight baste on the front needleturn lady myself...its so important to find the technique that works for you or applique is the pits. Glad you found yours!

Terry said...

Oh Elaine, your block is beautiful!! I am in awe, since I don't know how to hand applique in any form :( I must figure it out, I love your applique work. Thanks for sharing :(

Hugs,
Terry

dianne said...

the applique class that i took was 5 hours of needle turn (which i am awful at and don't like doing) and a quick demonstration at the end of back-basting - wish it has been the opposite!

Loris said...

Beautiful leaves and stem! Hope to learn back basting myself someday. You are going to have a lovely quilt with those fabrics.

Frummie said...

Well, my dear Elaine,
I was taught the back basting technique as a child 60-65 years ago...my age is a secret, don't tell anyone. Your work is beautiful.
Hugs,
Frummie

Karen said...

I have never tried the back basting technique but have read directions and think I understand it.
I like your fabric choices used for the leaves.

Anonymous said...

Elaine, it is not your photography that needs some fine tuning.... but your gardening.... your leaves are BROWN.... leaves are suppose to be green..... so what color is your quilt going to be? waiting for updates.......

Rosa Robichaud said...

Love the "Peppermint Twist" name... and I'm sooo glad that you've discovered your true love, with respect to appliqués, Elaine... *grin*

Rosa

WoolenSails said...

That is beautiful, love the fabrics and colors. I still cannot get the hang of bias cutting to make my stems twist, still need practice.

Debbie

Amy R said...

Yeah for you Elaine! I have my center applique done - it has taken me two years to get to this point since I fell in love with this quilt and therefore Jo 2 years ago. I'll try to keep up with you as you get to working on the churn dash blocks! Amy R, in South Lyon, MI

Lea said...

What a beauty! Elaine, your applique block is stunning, love it!!
I'm a needleturn applique person although never try Jo's method before. but it sounds so good. I'll try it for my applique quilt next time. Thank you for sharing us the process. :-)

SimplyPiecefulStudio said...

Elaine,
I'm so glad you're enjoying this method of applique. It changed my life, and now it's all I want to do. Notice, I didn't say "it's all I do" -- just that I want to do. You will get to love it even more as you do more.
Julie
from Lake of the Ozarks

Quilt Enthusiast said...

Elaine,
I like applique the best and back basting is just a
great way to applique on the go. Right now I am doing the little bird applique from Jo's Prarie flowers
quilt. I am still carrying around my stamps for the
Lemoyne star and a Lemoyne star that has been cut
out. I do handwork during lunch at work.
Your blog is lovely and so is the beginnings of Pepperment Twist. I have enjoyed the pictures of
Road2CA also.

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