Saturday, January 29, 2011
This is the latest applique block finished for the cherry cake quilt. The cake basket blocks were made by friends on a Reproduction Yahoo Group. Our challenge was to make cake basket blocks for a block exchange using Lancaster colors. This applique block was inspired by a block in an antique quilt I remember seeing in a quilt show some time ago. There are a lot of cherries in this one, so I ended up using thin metal washers I got at the hardware store as templates. After gathering the fabric around them, they got a good press and then sat overnight to cool. It really worked well.
Progress so far - the cherry sprig applique block on the right is inspired by a block in the 101 Applique Blocks book by Nancy Brenan Daniel. This is a great book which I end up return to over and over. The middle block was made using a bias stem shaped around a glass for the template, and leaves from a pattern I made by folding freezer paper in half and cutting out a leaf shape until I came up with a shape I liked. There are a total of 20 cake stand blocks, so will enjoy making more applique blocks to go in between.
Thank you for stopping by to look at the Cherry Cake quilt progress, and hope you have time this weekend to get a few stitches in! Delicious foggy weather here in Northern California just right for quilting and a pot of soup bubbling on the stove!