Thursday, August 5, 2021

String Tulips Sprouting Fast

So I'm done all my AHIQ String Tulip QAL blocks, and I'm a little sorry that I didn't capture most of the process that got me to this point. As i said in my last post, PC-based blogging just isn't working for me any more. Let's hope this mobile Blogger app will hold up.

These are a few pictures from my Instagram account, @lakeviewmonica. I realized today that I should blog first and Instagram after. So that's something to shoot for. 😄

Anyway, the main tweak i made to Ann's tulip blocks was the addition of those improv cut and pieced leaves in the background.  I used light greens for the leaves so they wouldn't overpower the tulips.

The stems and tulips are turned-edge machine applique. Both are stitched with a zigzag stitch in deep purple thread. I love using thread as a design element in applique I've decided. I tested first with machine blanket stitch, but the zigzag just looked better. And I have to admit my decision was influenced by the fact that zigzag is a utility stitch on my machine. Since AHIQ is largely about utility quilts and all. 😉

For now all the blocks are labeled and put away in a drawer. I've been trying to excavate my Design Bed of Shame (aka the spare bedroom bed) a little before I start this new improv quilt along on Instagram. I think there's only 3 current projects on it now.👍 Getting there!


  1. Your blocks are beautiful and you ONLY have three current projects on your design bed? I don't check Instagram much. . .I forget! Good to see your post here though!

  2. Lovely to see you happy Tulips and Strings quilt again, and I forgot to comment on your last post showing progress shots, great technique for the tulips.

  3. Fabulous logic for the zig zag stitching, and in PURPLE no less!! Many of us have left Instagram for a wide variety of reasons so I'm most grateful you are blogging again. Stories to go with the photos are so much better. (I'm curious why the computer based blogging isn't working for you?)

  4. This turned out so pretty. I love the fabric you selected - they are bright but not to bright and blend well together. Nice job!

  5. I just love your scrappy tulip quilt! The colors are so vibrant and cheerful. The whole thing just makes me happy!:)


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