Friday, February 26, 2010

Last one!!

Wow...the 20 blocks are done!  This one may seem a little weird, but I'll explain.

I think of my daughter as the bride, so I wanted some block to represent her family.  I drew out the three of us with a quilt on a quilting frame in front of us.  It seemed too modern for the quilt.  Ola thought of the old portrait idea.  I thought I could put an old treadle sewing maching in the foreground, maybe with a folded quilt on it.  Then Ola had the idea of me coming out of the portrait, sewing on a quilt top.  She repositioned Steve's arms to surround both of us girls.  Ta-da!! 

So, it is a little unusual, but really captures us for the most part (I did a little "quilting liposuction" on myself...hee-hee...artistic license!!).
I portrayed Riley as about 6 years old, her head stuck in a book, which is her usual pose.

I was watching the women's figure skating tonight while trying to was THAT ever fantastic!  I was constantly digging through my sewing clutter for the tissue box!

Now on to putting the entire center together!!!

In stitches,

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

One more to go!

The couple now has a 'love shack' in a vineyard...they like to drink a little wine of their own making.  Thank you Susi for putting the idea of a house in my head.  I wanted more purple in the quilt and grapes seemed like the way to do it.

Only one more block to go...and I think it will be cool.  My BFF, Ola (who suggested the wedding cake), came up with a really neat concept, and between the two of us we've been doodling.  Tonight I finally drew up the final pattern so I hope to start it in the next couple of days.  It will be a family signature block, of sorts, with a twist!

Today I was blessed by the concept of quilting by committee...Ola, "Jonesy" and Beth helped me crudely pin up the blocks and settle two questions: 1) the final layout of the blocks, and 2) to sash or not to sash.  We moved blocks around until we settled on a final formula. 

I have to say I've decided to sash with a very narrow "light black" print (3/4 inch).  I'm going to sleep on it tonight and decide tomorrow if I'm sure.  It's a big decision that will further change the character of this quilt. 

I wasn't going to post the following picture because the blocks are so crudely pinned up, the above block isn't trimmed, the lighting is not good, and we were auditioning sashing fabrics (there are three sloppily pinned up behind the blocks), yadda, yadda, yadda.  I mainly took the picture so that I would remember the order after unpinning them.  Enough excuses...
I'm geeked to get the last block finished, get the blocks sewn together and start the borders.  I'm dying to start hand-quilting it!

In stitches,
Teresa  :o)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Let them eat cake! (wedding cake, that is...)

Number 18 is finished!  Thanks to my best friend Ola's suggestion, the happy couple has a wedding cake.  I was struggling with which of my finished blocks to put between the bride and her intended, and Ola urged me to draw a wedding cake...she's brilliant!  I like the original idea of the table...we had a table as an "alter" for our wedding.  It held two huge urns of multi-color gladiolas and our wedding document, which everyone signed with us at the end of the service. 

I made a few changes (table legs, pedestal, plumped up the sides of tablecloth) and now I feel good about the wedding.   I was inspired by green depression glass when I was contemplating the flower urns.  Not too fancy for this humble farming couple.  (the fancy cake was a wedding gift from her well-to-do married sister who lives in the big city)

Ola says that the cake is the best part of the wedding ceremony.  LOL

Here's the happy couple before they cut the cake.
Two more to go before I have to decide to sash or not sash.

In stitches,
Teresa  :o)

Friday, February 19, 2010

I Think I'm In Love....

Is he not handsome? A good provider and let's admit it, there's some sexy somewhere under those tights. Giggle.

I am so thrilled he is finished, believe it or not, there are  60 pieces on this block.  Measuring just 5x7, I have to admit, I was feeling a bit overwhelmed, though in the end, stitching the block was so worth it! I am thinking something really simple for the next one.

The blocks do look great all together. Yes, there is only 3 finished for now, and there will be more to come.

Thanks to everyone, for keeping me inspired, life get's in the way sometimes, but reading everyone's stories and looking at all of the beautiful blocks here on this blog are so inspiring.
Hugs to everyone,

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

My first Block

Hello Everyone Well here goes my first block. It is such a treat to be making this beautiful quilt. I have been following all the progress so far and I am thrilled to be able to contribute. My friend ( Susanna Quilts ) and I are working on this together, it is great inspiration. I have used the invisible machine applique method as I would like to get better at this technique. So far I have found it to be a very enjoyable challenge. I can't wait to start the next block. Happy Quilting Sharon Pinewood

Saturday, February 13, 2010

False Start - or ostrich toes are not a good place to begin

Hi all,
I am new and have been a lurker on your blog for weeks and finally took the plunge and ordered the patterns. It was like Christmas when my package from Australia arrived. I jumped right in with one of my favorite blocks, the ostriches. Well....this poor little block has some needleturn, some machine applique, some glue basted pieces, some starch basted pieces. Nothing was quite turning out like I liked so on the leaves I tried back basting. Viola! I am happy sewing again. I think back basting is the way I will go, but in the meantime these little ostriches are headed for the orphan block drawer.
I am on to a different block, I am not giving up...
Happy Sewing!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

"The Wall is alive...with the sound of music"

I decided to put a music block in the CWBQ because music is very important to our family.  We all sing and play instruments, but my daughter's instrument, the French horn, is such a beautiful looking horn.  And in keeping with the floral/fruity quality of the other blocks, I added strawberries and TRUMPET VINE...get it??  TRUMPET VINE!  (more music!!!)  LOL 

When I stuck this block up on the design wall with the other 16 blocks, it seemed to overpower.  It doesn't help that the ceiling light was shining right on it more than the other blocks, but I can tell that I am going to have to rearrange things a bit when I get them all done.  I wasn't planning to put it between the bride and groom, but I may have to do that to keep the quilt in balance.  Hmmm...we'll see. 

Maybe I should put it between some darker blocks. Nothing is sewn together yet, so I can play 'musical blocks' once all the blocks are finished.

There is so much detail on the French horn that it was hard to do smaller.  My daughter didn't think I could do all the detail (what can I say...she's 12), so it felt like a personal challenge (what can I say, I'm 12, too, sometimes).  It was easier to draft and aplique than I thought it would be, so now I want to do an applique quilt with all the instruments!!

In stitches,
Teresa  :o)

Friday, February 5, 2010

Closer and closer...

Four more to go!!  Since the original top/pattern only had 3 urn-type blocks, I decided to follow Lurline's (and other's) lead and draft a fourth urn block.  Daffodils are my husband's favorite flower, and iris are mine.  I like the idea of fruit in every urn block with the flowers and thought that the watermelon slices went well with the slender flower vase.

I thought that one over-powering peacock was quite enough for my quilt, so I substituted our cat, Weasley, for the smaller peacock block.  This will shock and delight my daughter, the ultimate recipient of this quilt.  I like the idea of him escaping to the back yard and grabbing a nap under a flower...nice to think about deep in winter in Michigan.

Here are my 16 blocks on my ugly college blanket...I'm almost through with the 17th that gives homage to our family's love of music.  Then there will be only 3 more!!
I'm starting to think about how I'm going to arrange the top...has anyone else been contemplating a thin sashing between the blocks??  Hmmm...I'm thinking about one...really on the fence about it.  I need to hang a dark piece of fabric on my old blanket and pin the blocks on to see what it would look like.  Even though I have played fast and loose with a few of the blocks, I really don't want to change the overall look of the quilt.  But there is a little part of me that wants a place for the eye to rest.

What do you think??

In stitches,
Teresa  :o)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Back on Track......

I think I might be getting back on track with my blocks after taking so long to finish the grape block...
....I decided to do the ostrich block next (block #18) and to take a leaf out of Teresa's book and make them both feminine. I like the overall pink in the block, it's a bit lighter I think?? I'm not very happy with the feet, but they're done now and no way am I doing them again. If they really start to bug me I figured that I would just add a couple of grass tufts to hide them..
The photo's are a bit on the red side because I didn't want to take them outside to photograph. It's too hot and the sun is too harsh, it would just bleach the colours out today.
So I have one more block to do and I'm half way there with the central blocks!! I'm not sure which one I'm going to do next, another flowers and leaves I think. I'm finding that I'm really enjoying the leaves now, much more so than when I first started!!
They look good all together don't they? I've noticed that when anyone posts a picture of blocks together, I get that 'Oh my gosh, I remember why I wanted to make this quilt so much'!!
I also want to say welcome to all our new members, we've had a few since Christmas! I love the injection of new enthusiasm along with the excitement of just starting their journey with the 'bride'. There are still a lot of ladies that are members of the blog and haven't started their quilts yet, so I'm hoping we have still more new blocks coming along.
Just on another many of you are planning on going to the Australian Quilt Convention? I realise that this would be local (as in Australia) ladies, but I thought we might be able to arrange to meet for lunch? In the park (next door to the Exhibition building) or at the show. Now I don't go out to work so I can fit in around others timetables, if you are interested in getting together (photo op with completed blocks??) let me know dates that will suit you and I'll compile it all together and see what we can do!! Personally, I think it would be a great opportunity for a get together and show and tell? Details and link below for the AQC website.
A quick bit about comments on the blog. In the last few weeks we have had a few spam (and two virus) comments and as they are sent to my inbox I have decided to enable 'word verification', I know that some people find it a nuisance to have to type in a word before they can leave a comment, but I made an executive decision and it's done!!