Saturday, September 19, 2009

Bird Backyard # 4/20

Finally I have something to show for after two weeks of hand appliqué. I did get sidetracked just a little in those two weeks. Apart from quilting, I make handmade books and journals (see my papers blog here), so it is only natural that I make a journal for CWBQ. I am hoping that keeping the journal will keep me interested long enough until I complete it. I do hope that this quilt will be an heirloom one day...! Completed block # 4/20. I really enjoyed working on this block. The block represents the ornamental vines we have in our backyard. The new shoots are budding right at this moment. I managed to take this picture hanging the block from the vine itself. I don't own many mauve fabrics so I just used one fabric and turned some in reverse for the grapes. I am happy with how they look. What I might do later is to add some embroidery on the leaves.
Here is the journal I made. I used some of the motifs from the pattern for the cover of the journal. I have used all these fabrics for the blocks and I really like them, specially the red for the cherries. I will definitely use it again for cherries on other blocks.
The actual journal was spiral bound together with blank pages. I used the image from our CWBQ blog for the title page. There is my name, date and place started.
I have printed out the templates for each block with pictures and spaces for me to fill in the date started, finished, and block number and method used. I also keep samples of fabrics used in each block. There is plastic sleeve in front of the fabric samples to store the freezer paper templates.
Instead of writing everything all over again, I printed the posts from the blog and pasted them for each block I finished. I hope I have given you some thoughts about keeping a journal for your quilts, or at least keeping everything together to help the future generation of quilt historians!!!


  1. It's gorgeous Natima - and I just love the journal idea. Nice bit of photography too!

  2. hi natima,what a nice idea,to make a journal !and a very beautiful block,have a nice day ,susi

  3. Lovely block Natima and a clever way to photography it. And, your journal is wonderful. I started a journal a couple of years ago for all my quilts, but have neglected working on it. You have inspired me to get back at it.

  4. Awesome Natima!! Your journals always inspire me regardless but I really love the way you've incorporated the Civil War Quilt into one.

    This Quilt is definitely heirloom worthy!! You're doing a remarkable job with it.

    I'm a little jealous you're starting to see green while our green here in eastern US is retreating.

  5. Wow! What a grand idea! The journal looks wonderful and will be an heirloom along with the quilt!! Fabulous work!

  6. Delightful idea...a journal for your journey on making this incredible quilt! How did you print the blogs that you posted? That's such a great idea!

  7. How fabulous! You know, I would like to have my personal blog printed into a photo book sometime. It's a journal of my quilting progress. At the moment snapfish can't fit enough words onto one page.

  8. Just another comment...I love that you took the time to photograph your block in such an appropriate place! How beautiful!


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