Thursday, August 8, 2013

Love Entwined Start and Michigan Tiger Lily Start

I decided to start in a small way on Love Entwined, the 1870 Coverlet (see link to read about it) Esther Aliu's blog 

The center is a Mariner's Compass with small circles surrounding it.  I think there are about 32 little circles, but I'm not sure.  Anyway, I am starting to make the small circles because I haven't printed out the pattern for the Mariner's Compass yet.  I'm still reading about how to make it, and I know how to make circles, so that's where I am starting.  

Here's my fabric, and the start of many small circles:

I should have put a dime in the picture to show you the size.  The next time I will.  These little circles are very small, smaller than a dime.  How do I make them?  I trace around the pattern on the back of the fabric and before cutting it out, sew a running stitch with strong thread about 1/8 to 1/4 inch outside of the drawn circle. I cut the circle out, close to the stitching line.  By cutting out after sewing the gathering stitches, I have a bigger piece of fabric in my hand while sewing.  I pull the thread to gather the fabric around the pattern, and tie the ends into a knot.  It then gets soaked in water, and laid out to dry overnight.  I don't use starch or any other product.  I find that wetting it and drying it out will keep the circle shape good enough until I sew it down. When I am ready to sew it to background fabric, I snip a few of the gathering stitches, and pull out the pattern, and then reshape it into a circle and applique it down.  The circle pattern is from a set I have from Karen Kay Buckley, called "Perfect Circles".    

Michigan is so beautiful this summer.  Here's one example.

One of the native wildflowers of Michigan is Lilium lancifolium, commonly named Tiger Lily.  Since the Detroit Tigers are our favorite baseball team, I've been on a search to find some Tiger Lily plants to put in our yard.  Here's a picture of a Tiger Lily in bloom that I took this morning, at the building where the local quilt guild meets:

This plant has what different sources call "bulbils" or "bulbets" along the stem that can be collected and planted to produce new plants.  It will take at least two years to grow a flowering lily from the bulbils, so I am collecting some and planting them.  I used to have these flowers in my yard when my children were small, and I want to have some again.  Since they are native to Michigan, hopefully the deer will leave some for me to enjoy at the cabin.

Here is another picture of the bulbils along the stem:

Pure Michigan!


Jane in Cumbria said...

Your little circles are beautiful! Perfect fabric for them. And such a lovely Tiger Lily!

Julierose said...

I love your circlets! And those lilies are a great color...Julierose

Gayle said...

That's a great way to make the little circles, but don't you need a shape for each one so you can get them done more quickly? If you have to let them dry overnight, you would need 30 templates to make 30 circles - OR - it would take you 30 days, right? I'm confused now....

lil red hen said...

It's a great way to make circles!
I have tiger lilies in orange and also in a pale yellow. Yours look very healthy and robust.

Debra @ Life is a Stitch said...

Good to see your start on LE. I've too many projects in the works to start yet, but I want to!
thanks for sharing, and for the lily pics - they are beautiful.

Judy Dietrich said...

Like the idea of adding the thread around the circle before cutting out!!! These circles are pretty small, and that would help with holding them while drawing up the circle!! I learn something new every time I read blogs.

Kindred Quilts said...

Interesting to learn about the Love Entwined on Esther's blog. What an ambitious project! Tiger Lilies remind me of my Grandmother's garden enclosed by a white picket fence... yours are so pretty, and such a vibrant orange!