Thursday, June 23, 2016


So many leaves!  I've added Colonial Knots to 
the center of each flower.  

Monday, May 16, 2016

Bird of Paradise with Label

Recently, I've been able to see the original quilt in the 
American Folk Art Museum's traveling display.  
On this block, there is a "Bird of Paradise" label in
script-lettering.  I grabbed my pencil and paper and drafted
 the label. I've tried to replicate it as closely as possible
on my block, and have placed it in the lower corner also.  

Friday, May 6, 2016

Seeing Double

I can't believe how quickly this block came together!
However, I'm saving all the eyes and facial details to 
the very last step! 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Berry Time

The Civil War Bride Quilt (Bird of Paradise) is presently in an exhibition tour--
part of the 'Self-Taught Genius' Exhibit by the American Folk Art Museum, now on tour.  
Currently (through May 22, 2016), the exhibit is at the New Orleans
Museum of Art, then onto St. Louis, and Tampa.  
I was able to see the quilt (and the paper templates) at the 
New Orleans museum!  What a very special treat!--just like strawberries!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

top finally finished

Last night I appliqued the last piece onto my Civil War Bride Quilt.  I've been working on it since 2010.  It is exciting to finally finish the top.  I want to handquilt it so it will still be awhile before it is completely finished. 
I used the Threadbear pattern for most of the blocks but designed my own borders.  What a wonderful project it has been to work on. 

Happy Quilting!!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Hungry Peacocks

This was a fun block to do!  I know those birds sure wish they could see what they are eating!  I've been thinking of using a black yarn with a candle wicking type knot and add white, gold, or brown for pupils.  Any suggestions?