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Friday, September 12, 2014

A Sarah's Revival Update

Hi Everyone,

I've been quilting!  I have a few things to show, too!  For this post, I'm going to focus on the hand-applique.  I was just checking to see when I last had an update to my Sarah's Revival blocks, and I was surprised to see that the last one I posted was back in February when I was working away on blocks during the Winter Olympics.  Of course, I probably haven't had much more progress to share!

I have finished two blocks here in Indiana, though.  In case you are new to my blog and don't know much about this project, it is a pattern by Sue Garman.

It features 36 "paper cut" appliqued blocks.  "Paper cut" refers to the process when you fold paper/fabric as you would paper to cut a snowflake--and then cut the pattern out of the resulting folded triangle.

Recently, I completed my 26th block, so I only have 10 more to go!!  (And then the borders...)

Some of the remaining blocks are the most complex yet, so what I really need to do is work at them more consistently.  If I stitch for a few hours a day and then set it aside for a week or longer, it takes a bit to get going again with smooth results.  In Virginia, I was letting two weeks or longer pass between my efforts, as I mostly worked on it at Bee.  Here in our apartment, I'm getting a little station all set up so that I can work at it as I watch TV.   Hand applique gets better and easier the more I do it.  There are two weeks and a few more days until we close on the house, and I don't have much to do in that time but wait, so I'm challenging myself to get three blocks done!  Do you think I can do it?

Have a great day!


  1. Wow--stunning!
    I know I couldn't do it, but I bet you can!! : )

  2. That is an amazing quilt! Yes, I believe you can finish three more blocks. Is it raw edge or needle turned applique?

  3. Wow, this is a pretty quilt! And yes, you need to get some blocks done now, before the closing. After your closing you will be in a whirlwind of house activity.

  4. Wow! So gorgeous! Do what you can, but enjoy it along the way!

  5. WOW! That is one beautiful quilt! I think you can accomplish your goal. Once you close on the new house--you will be very busy getting settled, since you have moved and resettled a few times, you are a pro at moving

  6. Your appliqué blocks look amazing! I'm sure you can complete three more if you keep at it! I've never tried that folded paper method to cut out the fabric but it looks so good I'll have to try it.

  7. I am betting you can finish those last 3 blocks :-D

  8. I am familiar with the design. Sue Garman really puts her heart into the designs she creates. You are doing so very well at stitching the blocks. You are getting so close to having the main body of the quilt done.

  9. Wow ... that is beautiful. Yes, you CAN get three done before your closing and you really SHOULD because you'll be "house consumed" once in your new place ;-) Enjoy the process and keep us posted on your progress! Linda

  10. They are so beautiful--it's going to be a wonderful quilt!

  11. Wow! Your quilt is amazing! Looking forward to seeing it finished.