Wednesday, October 14, 2009

One down

My first block done. I hope to complete this top by 2011 which will be the 150th anniversary of The Civil War. I completed a Nearly Insane Quilt in CW fabrics a few years ago and just recently finished a swap with friends - we each made 6 blocks each of 6 different patterns in Civil War reproductions in 6 inch blocks- we called it the 6-6-6 Civil War exchange. We had a year to complete the blocks which we did and thus I am stocked with more than enough Civil War reproductions and hoping to improve my applique skills and humbled by the beautiful blocks already pictured on this blog.
I recently found some wonderful orange fabric so I have oranges and not apples.
I have been to the Folk Art Museum in NYC several years ago and remember a wonderful appliqued unquilted top but don't remember if it was the Bird of Paradise Quilt but I'm hoping that it was. Thanks for the inspiration. Debra

17 comments:

  1. Hi Debra and welcome to the group. What a fabulous block, wonderful colours and I love your orange/apples, they look great. It would have been the Bird of Paradise, that's where it lives. Lucky you!!
    Lizzie
    XXX

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  2. Oh yes, what a great inspiration for finishing by the 150th Anniversary. I'll have to keep stitching now.
    Lizzie
    XXX

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  3. Great first block Debra and welcome to the group. I love the orange/apples too. What a great idea. I think it's a good idea to aim to complete the quilt in time for 150th Anniversary of the Civil War - Hugs Natima

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  4. Hey Debra,

    Welcome aboard! I love your block/colors!

    I love American history, including Civil War history. I'm from down south (Alabama), and some of my mom's backward relatives still refer to the American Civil War as the "war of nothern agression," and call me a "yankee" because I now live up north in Michigan. They won't visit because Michigan is north of the "Mason-Dixon Line." (too funny...)

    I love the idea of connecting out quilting journey with the 150th anniversary of the CW. 2011...20 blocks plus borders and hand-quilting...hmmm...it will be a stretch to get there!!

    In stitches,
    Teresa :o)

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  5. I hope you can finish by then....love it!!

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  6. Welcome and thanks for such and interesting Post, Debra and your block is beautiful. I love the Comments so far, too and must check back. I have started the birds tail, so am inspired to add to it today, thanks to you all! Hugs - Lurline♥

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  7. Thanks for the welcomes. I'm from Indiana - close to Teresa's Michigan. It's a small world. I've been quilting for years but my applique is sub par compared to what I've seen on this blog. I'm making an effort to improve but can only hope I can to do as well.
    I also have a pattern by Patricia Cox that seems based on this same quilt but is quite different - I bought it a few years ago at a quilt show in Chicago. I will probably incorprate some of that pattern with this one as I go along. Thanks again and I've started block 2. Debra

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  8. This is a wonderful interpretation of this block! I love your fabric choices.

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  9. Hi Debra
    Just love your idea and the idea to complete in time for the 150th. That will spur me on. My Nearly insane is Up to 40 blocks now so I have 58 to go :-)) Will get there.
    Keep having fun with your CWBQ.
    Cheeers
    Lynne

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  10. I am not a member as yet but have been following this gorgeous blog for a couple of weeks and convinced myself that I just had to get this pattern. The blocks are gorgeous and you all are doing such wonderful work. Debra I hope you can finish in time it would be a great honourarium to the Civil War celebration.
    Can anyone let me know how big the blocks are??

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  11. I absolutely love your block and your fabric choices!
    great job
    can't wait to see your next block!
    Kathie

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  12. Welcome Debra! Your first block is just lovely. I like the oranges.

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  13. I have also been following the blog and ordered the pattern last week. Somehow - this quilt and the members' interpretation of the color-ways on the blocks just calls to me! It is nice that some of you are changing the blocks a bit to reflect yourselves.

    Debra - Your first block is beautiful. What type of fabric are you using for the background?

    I generally don't use brights, but will definitely have to incorporate them into my blocks. May opt to keep a "quilt journal" for this project...

    (From "rainy" Washington State)

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  14. Hi Debra - lovely first block. Very striking colours.

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  15. Vanda, my background is a Moda - the selvage reads "Solids by Sandy Gervais" although I wouldn't consider it a solid - very similar to the Moda Marbles. It's been very rainy in Indiana also - not our usual October weather.

    The blocks finish at 11x14 I believe.

    Lynne, the Nearly Insane quilt is one of my all time favorites - I set a goal of completing it in 2 years and accomplished it but it did take the entire two years. I thought if I would do a block a week that I would be fine but of course - I quickly got lazy and then would have to catch up. My girlfriend completed a Dear Jane and told me I would miss working on my Nearly Insane but that wasn't the case - I was thrilled to complete it and move on to something else. Here is a link to pictures of my N.I.
    http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/album/259791084ueuUOt

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  16. Debra, what a great block! It's so much fun seeing the different "looks" of everyone's blocks. Your fabrics are wonderfully colorful.

    The pattern arrived last Saturday and I'm tempted to join. I'm glad to see others are still jumping in... or am I? : ) Another project? Don't I have enough going? Do we ever?

    Nearly Insane is one of my other WIPs. Congrats on completing it!

    Many thanks to Lizzie for creating such a wonderful place for everyone to share, watch and be inspired!

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  17. Love your fabric choice for the vase! It looks great! Beautiful block!

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