Chewing the Cud

Feb Honey calendar


Happy February! In this part of the world we are now one month closer to spring, closer to gardening, closer to the long days of sunshine. Hallelujah!

As I noticed the word clover here in my honey bee calendar, I instantly thought of an open field filled with Jersey cows chewing their cud, contemplating the buzzing sounds and the colors of the flowers.

In my studio, I have my own garden project to contemplate, this quilt-in-progress  on the design wall here:

sketch of a garden



I’m using this quilt as an opportunity to clarify for myself which style of applique works best for me and my own work.  I’ve tried needle-turned, freezer paper, ultra-bond, Wonder Under, Misty Fuse, loose placement and glue-stick turns.  I’m getting closer to knowing which is my favorite though I’m curious to know what you like to use.

Feel free to leave notes in the comments section I’d love to hear from you!


    • Ringmaster says:

      Thanks all! I was able to piece then center together today and will work next on adding some fun long panels for the wide borders. It’s coming out quite green and yellow- as seems to be a habit of mine. I’ll post more photos soon!

  1. Holly says:

    Can’t wait to see this quilt! I love experimenting with different techniques. I tend to mix applique tchniques even on the same piece depending on mood of the moment, shape, etc.

    • Ringmaster says:

      The MistyFuse with machine stitching is my go-to winner so far- just couldn’t hack cutting out those tiny pieces of wheat for singular application with a margin. If it’s good enough for Yvonne Porcella, it’s good enough for me!

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