Saturday, January 30, 2010

My second block

Now my second block is done. I'm a bit shy posting this block after the beautiful blocks all of you have posted.
I'm not so confident in my choice of colours and I'm still thinking what colour should be dominated. As I have only done two blocks and they are rather green, and with all the leaves in the quilt the green will be the colour - and of course many many other colours. 

Have a nice weekend.

Sister Block Blooms.......

Welcome to the new year!
I finally finished Block 6, which I consider sister to Block 2 because of similarities in the blooms emphasized by my use of the same fabrics. I can tell now that the quilt is taking a life of it's own because it's going in a different direction than I had originally planned! I plan to use alot of greens (like in the original "Bird of Paradise" quilt top). But, don't hold me to it......again, the quilt might take on another direction! The second photo is Block 12 (I changed the design similar to the original quilt top). Again, lots of greens! I think I will press on with a block with more leaves.....I'm in a green mode! I ain't tired of them yet! Have a nice weekend!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Two more done!

Here are blocks 11 and 12 (my thirteenth and fourteenth completed)...6 more to go!  I decided to make cone flowers instead of whatever the daisy-like flowers were and add some extra leaves...just a small change.  And I also decided to put pears in the urn block instead of more flowers...this way all four of my urn blocks will have a combination of flowers and fruit. 

I have drafted a 4th urn-like block, so these four blocks will be my corners.  Here is my layout (it seems to change daily - I keep moving these around!).
In stitches,
Teresa  :o)

Friday, January 22, 2010

And The Journey Begins…

As soon as I saw it, I knew it was something I just had to make . 


I put off ordering the pattern until all my other commitments had been fulfilled.  At the end of November when I could finally see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel, I placed the order for the pattern.  Two weeks later, it arrived from Australia and I promptly set it aside until  just yesterday.  That’s when I took it out and I can now say that finally the journey of creating my version of the Civil War Bride Quilt has begun.


Even before I ordered the pattern, I knew I was going to make one major change.  Rather than complete the quilt in the traditional needle turn applique method, I decided that I was going to do mine in wool on cotton. 

Last night I cut out the required number of blocks and this morning, I cut out the wool shapes…


and affixed them to the background fabric using Steam-A-Seam 2.


Later tonight, the fun part begins…the stitching.  I don’t know about you but I cannot sit in front of the television with idle hands.  Most of my stitching is done in the evening while listening to the television and raising my eyes only when it sounds like something interesting is about to happen.


There are 20 good sized blocks to this quilt plus the four borders.  This is definitely going to be a long term project but I do know one thing for certain…it’s going to be a long journey with many starts and stops along the way.  But I also know that it’s going to be a pleasurable one.

Happy stitching!

Kaaren ♥

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Proud Peacock or Block #2

Hello All
At last I have completed a second block for this quilt.
The peacock is reversed on purpose. Looking at the pattern most of the birds are facing the right side of the quilt. I wanted a few more to look toward the center.
I have the grapes for block 5 completed . I'm thinking about setting myself the goal of 1 block each month. Managable?

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A couple of critter blocks...

Here are my 11th and 12th blocks.  My daughter rides horses, so I thought that I would give the elephant a miss and just focus on the two horses (and their very own apple tree, of course!).  I got the idea for the "apple stack" from my daughter's favorite movie, "Spirit."

I changed the chicken a little bit in the animal block...the one on the pattern looked more like a regular bird to me, and I really like chickens.  The colors are not well represented in my photos...the bar under the foul is really blue, not black.

Here are the 12 blocks that I have finished (apologies for my ugly pink blanket design wall peeking through!). I'm stitching on the bird/nest in the oak tree block, so I hope to be finished with it soon. I'm still playing around with the layout/order of the blocks and also entertaining the idea of a thin, dark sashing. Hmmmm. More on that later.

I'm feeling much better following the was good to have a little hand work to do as I started to feel better.  Thank you for all your well wishes!

In stitches,
Teresa  :o)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Blocks #5 and #6 (my 9th and 10th) - I'm half way through the blocks!

I'm half way done! (at least with the 20 central blocks...)  I've been sick, but finally felt like stitching the last couple of leaves on block #6 and then decided to brave the washing and trimming-up step for both blocks(after reading about two rotary cutter misshaps today in blogland, I marked, measured a second time, and USED SCISSORS!). 

I'm taking no chances with these blocks - my pneumonia meds make me a little loopie!

I was faithful to the pattern on both of these blocks.  I have to admit the urn block (#5) seems sparse compared to block #6 (it has 55 leaves - zeesh!).  It's feast or famine!

I will post all the blocks together with the next block post...I'm not up to it tonight.

In stitches,
Teresa  :o)

Monday, January 11, 2010

The time has come

After much prevarication, I have found time to blog. As my friend Deb notes, there is a simple equation which goes something like, more time spent on the computer equals less time for sewing. However, I have spent much time admiring the work of many of your followers so have chosen to ignore the equation and throw my hand into the blogging ring. I reckon it can be well justified in the name of inspiration. As you can see from my pictures ( still mastering this art) I have started the "bride" and in spite of my self imposed rule to complete them in pattern order, I couldn't help myself and had to do the ostriches before their turn. I don't know why they " spoke to me" but they did so I went with them. I reckon my needle turn applique is improving with all those leaf corners - how many is it now? I know someone is keeping score! I am really enjoying using Corliss's fabric pack but true to form am raiding the stash for suitable additions. Another dear friend Barb, from my quilting group, noted that many fabrics come from one home and go into the homes of our friends as we share them, thereby linking us together. As I choose fabrics for the Bride I am reminded of the friendships the fabrics are attached to. What a lovely warm feeling it is. I have enclosed a picture of my small beginnings and look forward to more............. Happy sewing Merri

Saturday, January 9, 2010

I'm back........

..........and I've finally finished this block!!
I have to say that it hasn't been my favourite block to do so far, I just found it really boring. I enjoyed doing the stems then it went downhill from that point, I guess that's why it took me ages to go back to it. I only had to stitch the top left leaf on last night and it was done, took me all of ten minutes. I think I just needed motivation to get on with it.
I'm not sure which block I'll do next, it was going to be the bird of paradise but I think I might do one with flowers?? I'm going to give it some thought this afternoon.
I hope you all had a wonderful break over the Christmas season and got in more stitching than I did?
Welcome to all the newbies that are starting now, we are looking forward to hearing from you and seeing your blocks.
Have a great weekend everyone.

Sunday, January 3, 2010