Friday, December 31, 2010

Housekeeping for the new year...

I thought that new years eve was as good time as any to take stock of what is happening here on the bride blog. This year a few of us have slowed down, a few have stopped (err, me) and will get back but more of you have made great progress AND we've had a lot of new members this year. A huge welcome to all the recent members, I just love the continuing diversity of not only methods but fabrics that everyone has.

On the subject of new members, if anyone has a personal blog that I haven't put on the sidebar shoot me off an email or leave a comment on this post and I'll get to it for you. Also we're up in the 70s now for membership and blogger will only allow 100 members for any blog! If you're thinking about making the quilt and joining us it might be a good time to jump in! At the rate I'm receiving new applications to join I imagine we'll be close to full in a few months, I guess too, if you're a member and don't intend to go ahead with the quilt please let me know....

I think that's it, have a great new year everyone, stay safe, travel carefully and depending where you are stay warm/dry/cool and most importantly, keep stitching...

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Getting started ..

The (first) difficult part was choosing the background fabric. Chosen a new Kaffe Fassett pattern called Folk Art!
Just loved the bright green and pink. I wanted to give the CWB a kind of a modern twist. Have apples to be red? I don't know. The second block is already finished. Why did I chose a greenish background? How difficult it is to create some kind of contrast with the background. The bride is also almost finished, only some embroidery to be done ...
When I look at the first 3 blocks together somehow block 1 does not fit in. I think I will make a second version, I also would like to include a block with the groom. When all the blocks are finished (yes I am very optimistic) I will choose the right ones. What do you think?

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

My first post

I love needleturn applique and reproduction fabrics, so earlier in the year I purchased this pattern and all the fabrics for this quilt. I guess being associated with this blog I'll be more motivated to complete this quilt.
Here are the two blocks I have completed so far.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

My Christmas Blocks

That strawberry block must have been the one to do for the holidays. I also completed mine between visits with family and other activities these last several weeks. But I congratulate Cheri on thinking of the wool for the tops!! I struggled over mine to get the points sharp ... many are not as sharp as I would like but I am overall satisfied with the outcome (after redoing several that is). I thought about the wool after I was all done ... and I had already used wool for all the bird feet with those skinny toes.
I had completed two other blocks between Thanksgiving and Christmas but haven't had the time to get photos and put them on the blog. I have included them. I have left white paper on the tips of the leaves that wander into the neighboring block. That is my reminder to not sew them into the seams when I attach my blocks.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Strawberry Block

I just finished the strawberry block this afternoon. The little strawberry tops are made of wool, no tiny points to needle turn that way. I also had some time last week to make bias stems and these:
are my last three blocks all prepped and ready to start. Can you tell which blocks I have left to do just looking at the bias stems?
This Christmas weekend is a little Civil War Bride Quilt anniversary for me. Last year at this time I found this blog and in January I ordered the pattern and some starter civil war fabrics from Corliss at Threadbear Quilting. It has been a joy stitching these blocks and sharing the progress of my bride quilt, and seeing all of the other blocks finished and posted to this blog. I also started my own little blog inspired by all the wonderful blogs I read from the quilters here. It is a high point of my day, some times first thing in the morning with a cup of coffee, some times at the end of a long work day and finally settled down on my couch with notebook computer in my lap, to browse thru your blogs. I have enjoyed reading about your lives and homes all over the world and about your love of quilting.
Thank You Lizzie for starting this blog!
Happy Stitching,

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

2nd block

Hi CW brides, My second block is done! Yippie. I changed it around a bit, because the bird looked like a dead bird falling from the sky. Then my daughter noticed that the grapes where growing in the wrong direction so I had to change those too. But I'm pleased with the outcome. Love working on this qult. Every block is like a minature painting. I've come across some Baltimore album blocks but these CWBQ block intrigue me much more. So if any of you know some other patterns like this CWBQ I'm all ears. Happy Holidays from a cold, brrrrr, and very white, yes we have snow!, Holland Lorene

Friday, December 17, 2010

Hi applique friends, While surfing the web I came across another blog group this is working on Beyond the Cherry Tree quilt. Here's the link: This looks like a another quilt to work on. I'm still looking for the same type of quilt as the CWBQ. This quilt gives me the feeling that I am creating a work of art. I can't draw at all and while chosing the right colors and tracing the patterns it gives me the feeling that I'm really creating something! All the block are little works of art and tell a story, like the bride block. They are not all geometic shapes but little pictures in themselves. Am I making any sense? So if any of you know of another quilt/blog group let me know! Lorene, greeting from a cold brrr and white Holland, yea it's snowing!!!!
Each block is so different, but are harmonious set beside each other. To keep track of all the fabrics used to make this quilt, I'm setting each fabric aside in a drawer. So far none have been duplicated, but that will change - that beloved poison green is bound to make a reappearance. Block #6 is under construction, but must set it aside to complete a quilt for a March 2011 wedding. Making these CWB blocks is such a joyful experience. I love quilting, especially applique, but never has any other project held so much appeal as this one. Mary in Tennessee

Civil War Bride Quilt Block #5

A favorite memory of ours is the vast bed of lovely yellow tulips we came upon one spring day when we were dating. We sat a long, long time admiring their beauty, and they became a symbol of our relationship. When I saw this block pattern, I knew the only color for the tulips was the vibrant yellow of those long ago tulips that so captivated us on spring afternoon. Mary in Tennessee

Civil War Bride Quilt Block #4

So far in this CWB journey, the vines have dictated the tone and nature of the block. A lovely browny-greeny fabric was my choice for the vine and somehow or another this block became very Tuscan in nature. A French honeymoon, perhaps? Mary in Tennessee

Civil War Bride Quilt Block #3

This quilt is intended to commemorate our 40th wedding anniversary in three years. To that end, I wanted my bride to wear a white dress, as I did in 1973. Boy, did I try to make it pretty, but it fell very, very flat. It seemed that my alter ego from the 19th century wanted a blue calico dress. Brides can be such divas! Facial details are embroidered with thread. Many light-colored pieces are lined to avoid shadowing.

Civil War Bride Quilt Block #2

The impetus for the leaf colors is the vine and calyx fabric, a poison green paisley that is at least 50 years old. I was so tickled with the outcome of this colorful block as I worked very hard to harmonize the various greens and golds. Mary in Tennessee

Civil War Bride Quilt Block #1

How exciting it is to share my work with other CWB artists! Fabric choices, oh my. Nearly every fabric in my stash was piled in various groupings on the floor before finally taking the plunge with the base fabric. The following choices were much easier, and more fun now that there was a framework of sorts. Though not very evident in the photo, the background is a pale, pale green. The fabric was originally bought for curtains, but it seemed exactly the right choice as a background for my interpretation of this wonderful quilt. I didn't much care for the leaves in the upper corners of the pattern so substituted four little birds in their place. Isn't it wonderful how much personalization can be done with these blocks?
This is a picture of my enlargements done for the outer border. These got darker as I enlarged them so there is no detail. As you can see they are 7" wide. These will give you the outline for the animals and man. If any of you are interested in a copy of these I will gladly send one, just email me at with your info. Look back in older posts for the original quilt from November 11 & 12 posting Kerry and Lee (thanks for the great pictures) as it has very good image of the borders. Keep a picture of these for references. Hope this helps some of you. I haven't worked on the CWB in quite some time. Merry Christmas to all !!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

1st block done

Hello CW Brides, May I present my first block of this marvelous project. I tried to not make this block too busy. I have lots of fabrics and I had to contain myself by not using all the colors in the same block. So this block is outside of my usual box. Take a look at the stitching on the blocks, that's my cross stitch roots showing! Love this project.!The next block is all wonder- undered and ready to cross stitch. Did I mention that I'm in love with this project? Do any of you know about any projects and forums like this one? I'm also working on the Roseville Quilt and am part of that forum, would love to join another, so sugestions are welcome. Greetings from a cold brrrrrrr Holland. Are there any other Dutch stitchers doing this project? Lorene

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Two Little Blackbirds Sitting in a Tree

This is a fun block, big leaves and no bias stems to make, it goes fairly fast. So today I am trying to make some tiny bias for the strawberry block. On a different subject I have a question that I hope someone can help me with. I really enjoy reading the blogs on the side of this blog but I have started getting an error message on some of them. The blog loads and then a window pops up "Internet can not open the Internet site". I have gone into google helps but did not really find a solution. All of these blogs I have been able to open in the past but once the error message starts I can not get into them at all : ( Any help would be appreciated. Happy Stitching from frigid Nebraska (14 degrees and some blowing snow) Cheri

Thursday, December 9, 2010

A wonderful quote

Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.
~Earl Nightingale 

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Getting started is not as easy as I thought

Hi CW Brides, Now that my broken foot is on the mend I've been upstairs in my sewingroom getting started on this quilt. It's not as easy as I thought. I've got to trace the pattern and then comes the daunting task of deciding which fabric to use where. Too many choices and being a Libra (we have difficulties making any type of descision, and I'm a true Libra), makes this task even more difficult. I've almost chosen the fabrics and then I have to iron on my wonder-under, cut it all out and finally iron it on my background fabric and then I can START. I don't do traditional applique I cross stitch the pieces, since I'm a cross stitcher. I could use the blanket stitch but I like the cross stitch variation. Here"s a photo of a block of the Florabunda BOM that I stitched. I used varigated thread, I like the effect. I've got to go, have to iron the wonder under! Lorene

Monday, December 6, 2010


Does anyone have a pattern for the horses shown in the original quilt top border. I would like to use these and other animals in my border like the original.


Just to make sure - how many yards for the blocks and how many for the borders? Barb/Balto

Sunday, December 5, 2010


I decided to take a picture of my progress to date I started on October 15th and have completed 5 blocks. I like the overall look. I went out on the limb with my background and glad I did. I got my left and right border vines on. Now I have decided it has to be hung when finished.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Block 5 really loved this one

I am very happy with this block (the pic not so great) I have narrowed the stems a bit. I may add another butterfly to the top. I have to say this quilt is just fun!  I started to layout the left and right borders to pluck away at between blocks. Happy Stitching~Susan

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Finally started

Well, I bought my background fabric and the backing fabric. Pattern arrived a couple weeks back and now I am ready to go. The group I am in doesn't start making the blocks until our January meeting--but I think I am too excited to wait. I love looking at all your blocks!

My fourth block

I finished my fourth block. I managed to squeeze in time for it while working on some Christmas sewing :0)

This block was a fun one to do. I was anxious about the reverse applique for the urn handles because I hadn't tried it before - but it wasn't much harder than regular applique.

I changed the apples into pears because I really wanted to make the urn red. I left out the butterfly and put in an extra flower. Small changes make these blocks my own :0)

I've started on block 7 next. More bird feet - oh dear.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I figured out why I love this quilt!

What I like best about this CW Bride quilt is that it has so many wonderful living creatures!  The maker was still able to see and appreciate the wonderful things the world had to offer even though times were so hard. If her groom did parish or left her she still made a quilt filled with life and hope! She truly was a visionary!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Block 4

Good Morning, I hope everyone had a wonderful day to give thanks for all the beauty in our world and perhaps got to stitch a little too. I got a chance to sit down and finish my block 4.  I changed the birds rotation to soar upwards, I too thought it looked like a dead bird falling from the sky.  Perhaps that was the grooms block.  I have block 5 well under way.  ~ Susan

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Fabrics galore

Hi CW Brides, I'm back from my little vacation in the States. I managed to get some great fabric for this fantastic quilt. I wanted to buy about 10 fat quarters but ended up with 20, so much to chose from! I have this great beige printed backgroundfabric. Can't wait to get started. But unfortunately this will have be be a slow process because the day after my return home I managed to breat my foot. Fell down 2 steps at home. And since all my sewing stuff and computer is upstairs I can't get to them as much as possible. But I'll try to trace the pattern today, still have to decide which great block to start with. I'll keep you posted. Greeting from a brrrr, cold and sometimes snowing Holland! Lorene

I don't want you to think

I don't want you to think I can do one of these blocks in a week, I can not. I actually have been working on this one off and on for a while, it has been a real pill. The whole thing is just a little off, I have done the legs a couple times, I think I remember a post that some one else had a difficult time with them also. Anyway, I have pressed on and finished the block. I wanted to include a vase in the quilt that looked like Delft. My mother has given me a lot of Delft pottery and tiles over the years to remember my Dutch heritage. The little bit of embroidery on the cherry stems was fun, the last thing I did on the block and a good finishing touch.
Happy Stitching,

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Two Bird Blocks

I have been out of town for a couple weeks and although I thought I would get a lot more done while I had some time off work, I am pleased with the two bird blocks that I finished. I had my borders all prepped and thought I would be able to applique in the car --what was I thinking? Not possible to needleturn neatly while in a moving car. I had planned to mix some border work in with my remaining blocks, but then I start another block and just have to keep working on it. I am moving on the the table block next.
Happy Stitching All...

quilting question

I am not nearly close to finishing this quilt, but I showed to pattern to my friend who does long arm quilting and she asked how I was going to quilt it. Have any of you finished the quilt and if so, did you hand quilt or machine? Those of you who are close to finishing, how do you plan to quilt your quilt? The blocks are so densely appliqued, I am intrigued as to how to quilt when I get there. Any ideas are appreciated! Happy applique-ing!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Elephant, The horses

Just thought the interesting thing about the elephant is that when he died his bones went to the medical school in Chicago. The medical school was closed down and nobody knows where the bones are. The quilt has a few faded sections on the right hand side of the border. It is under glass or perspex. A joy to see the original. The horses on the original quilt border are the next on the list for the curator to research. Kerry

Original Quilt Photos in New York City

First post

Hi everyone I recently went to the Folk Art Museum in New York City and have pictures of the original quilt. I took the tour and found out a few interesting facts about the quilt. Do you mind if I put a few pictures on our blog to share? We were allowed to take pictures. No problem there. Cheers Kerry Brack

Show of hands!......

Who also gets a kick out of finding the right fabric and making the templates and cutting out the pieces? I sometimes think that is the most fun out of making the next block. Especially when you are sewing 200 leaves (okay, that may be an exaggeration but it certainly seems likes 200!) on a block. It's sort of peaceful to sit and iron on freezer paper and just cut fabric. And ... Wow! I was checking out the "Finished Quilts" link. Three beautiful quilts there. I can only hope that mine will look that great when it finally gets finished. Well, back to my leaves .... Judy

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Good morning! I finally decided to join this group. I have been watching the site for many months and have enjoyed everyone's postings. The above 4 blocks are mine. I have chosen to use a different reproduction shirting print for each block.
The 10 blocks belong to my long time sewing friend, Karen. I will post for her as she will not do the computer part and I think her work is to good for not showing it off. She has done some beautiful embroidery work on the tablecloth and the heads of the peacocks.
She is doing her background in all the same off white print. Thought it would be neat to show both together. We both are setting this together according to the original and making are blocks square. It is always interesting to see the differences and the choices we make for the same pattern.
Again the comparison, mine is the blue birds and Karen's are the brown birds. I need to cut out the next few blocks but have got side tracked by other projects but soon will get back to this quilt.

Friday, November 5, 2010

First post to Blog Block one

This is my first post to The Blog. I am so excited to have my first block done and post it. I have been enjoying all the post and glad to contribute. This pattern should give years of work and entertainment. I have already started block two and making good progress. Ark Sandra

Thursday, November 4, 2010

3rd block finished

I finished block #11. I fussed and fussed over the nest. On the 3rd try I was finally satisfied. When I looked back at the pictures I took of the first and second nests... yeah... really there isn't a lot of difference - lol. I changed the bird's head a little (made it bigger) and I should have changed the feet a bit more too - they were very tricky.
Here are my 3 finished blocks together. Someone asked if the peahen base was a ribbon. It's not - it's just a piece of striped fabric.
Now I should resist starting another block so I can get some Christmas sewing done. But, I'm thinking about an urn block next :0) Happy Quilting!!