As soon as this pattern was released in the October issue of Quilters World, I put it at the very top of my to-do list. It is the Friends & Family Quilt by Bev Getschel. I found the perfect paisley print for the branches, leaves and border. It has burgandy, brown, aqua and a touch of tan. What a joy it is when you find the fabric that is perfect for your project.
I am making this project at half scale of the original pattern, so it will end up being about 25" x 29". Today I assembled the background for the applique. I have to make everything based on 1" finished strips. Here is a photo of my work today. It was a challenge to work these strips into their diagonal placement. I had to wing it along the way.
It came out really pretty. I trimmed it oversize until I get the applique pieces on. Now should I add the fused applique first, then quilt around it? The pattern has ALOT of branches and leaves. I probably wont enjoy machine stitching every little piece. Should I make the quilt, quilt the background, then add the applique and stitch it down by machine? Should I take the easy route and do the machine quilting thru the entire piece,ignoring applique placements? I havent decided that yet.....BUT.... I still have to prepare the applique pieces, so there is time for more decisions. I bet my cyber friend, Bonni, could help me decide. She is totally hooked on applique.
The October issue of Quilters World has a few really great projects that inspire me. I am hoping for a quiet winter with lots of time to spend in the quilting cave. The Sticks & Stones Quilt could make a dent in those scrap boxes.