Monday, May 31, 2010

Number five! I've made changes to this block but not so much because I'm creative but more that I can be kind of lazy and look for the easy way out. I'm now working on the block with the bird's nest which is one of my favorites in this quilt because I like the bird's nest with the eggs but also because most of the pieces are simple (except for the skinny bird feet-groan). Debra

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Progress at last but not what you expect...........

Long time no post isn't it? I have been at a real stumbling block with my quilt for a while now. I had actually put it away in this box............ .......and hadn't touched it since before Christmas. It was really hard to get back to it, I've taken the box off the shelf several times, opened it and looked at the finished blocks. Then they would just get put away again!! All my inspiration to finish had vanished.... I realised the other day that it's nearly a year since I bought the pattern and starter kit from Corliss at the Craft & Quilt Fair and I also remembered that I really didn't want this to become another UFO, that's the whole reason that I started this blog! I felt I needed the inspiration of others to keep me going, how true was that?? I've used countless keystrokes advising others that this is 'your' quilt and yes it's OK to change it, make it your own, as long as the basic pattern is Corliss' pattern then it's ok to join the group. So I've decided to take my own advice and change the way I make this quilt! I have made a decision and if you're a purist for following the pattern, then close the page now, you don't need to read anymore, you'll only be disappointed with me ;o) I really wanted to drastically alter the whole composition of the quilt, what I really, really wanted to do was start the whole thing again - in wool and include some pieced blocks too!! I'm not going to do that though as I've invested too much into the blocks that I've finished, I am however not making anymore centre blocks!! I have nine blocks that I've finished and I'm leaving it at those nine. So today, I took them out of their box and joined them together!! This is how the centre of the quilt will be, I've also stitched on the borders, not as per the pattern, these are five and a half inch borders and I'm going to stitch a vine all the way around and then randomly sew on leaves and flowers. I'd like to say that I will fill it with all the different flowers that are in the original quilt, but I don't know how much I'll do on there until I do it..! I haven't fully decided whether or not this border will be the last yet? I think I just needed to give myself permission to change it, does that make sense? At this stage it obviously won't be as big as the original, but who knows, I could change my mind again I guess?
Here's a preview to my block #2. I loved some of your solution to exchange the leafs in the upper corners with diving birds, so this is what I did also. I am still appliquéing, and I want to add the little Apfelbutzen (the remnants of the apple blossom) with brown embroidery floss. Lovely block...


Sunday, May 23, 2010

Hi everyone,

my name is Britta and I am a quilter from Germany. I have marvelled at your miraculously beautiful work for weeks now and have decided to give the Civil War Bride quilt a try myself. I hope to find inspiration and criticism on this list and invite everyone to comment honestly.
Also, I hope that there will be an exchange about techniques as some parts are rather tricky as I had to learn stitching my first block which was largely trial and error-based. I think I have come up with good solutions for now (mostly after making friends with a capital F with Roxanne's Glue-Baste-It...). Here's my first block (#2):
Many greetings to all from the Rhine-valley!

Thursday, May 20, 2010


It's been quite some time since I've completed one of these blocks - spring finally arrived here along with lots of robins so I featured one in this block. I think I might be a little short on the berries and may add more later. This is the 4th block I've completed but I've got a good start on number 5. The blocks that are being posted are so beautiful and I check this blog often hoping to see another new one - thanks to all of you for the inspiration. Debra

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Intro and my first block

Hello everyone, I am so happy that I now belong to this wonderful blog! My name is Jane and I live in Wales (UK). For months I have been following this blog, and have been in awe of all the wonderful work you all do. I just love seeing the different colours and fabrics, and the finished quilts are amazing!

Around Christmas I ordered the patterns, but because of a house move it took me some while to get this block done. Anyway here it is! Happy stitching!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The bird and the grapes

The Bird is here and my CWB quilt is growing, thanks to you all, wonderful ladies in this group you give me so much inspiration and courage.
I love seeing all your blocks and look at them often, and the two finished quilt - wow  - Susi and Teresa you  have shown  me it is possible, but it will take a little longer for me.

Take care and happy stitching


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

my third

Thank you to everyone who commented on my first two blocks, I was so surprised to receive such lovely comments and encouragement! I feel more reassured in regard to my choice of colour palette and fabrics now. Here's my third block! I won't be starting another block for a week or two because we are going away day after tomorrow (Fiji for a work - someone has to do it!). I will finish the stitching on this block before we go though (the first two are now totally finished). Spent all of last weekend planting 200 Truffle trees (English Oak), so it was nice to sit and work on this block and have a little rest. I think that my next block will either be the bird of paradise block or the peacocks. I am also thinking of excluding, perhaps, the elephant block (?) and drafting a new block to include my Oak trees, truffles and our two beautiful Maremma's, Bear and Giorgio. I also would like to include a block with a Willow tree and something else to symbolise our home and family. Just wondering if there is a traditional symbol to represent children? Love Willowmere Karen.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

And Another Block Finished

Wow, we have been busy appliquists (is that really a word) in the last twenty four hours or so, lots of blocks getting posted. For me, each block on this quilt that I complete, I get the same little thrill I feel when I finish a whole quilt. I liked the little birds in the upper corners that I saw another member used in a post from last fall. It is a good thing this quilt has a somewhat primitive design because my drawing skills are definitely primitive. My wonky little birds are actually a dark navy blue fabric. In one of the blogs I follow I found a post mentioning the Civil War Bride Quilt that I wanted to share. Nadine Thompsen is a wonderful applique instructor and on her blog she related the story that she was asked to make a label for a friend's quilt. There are not many details but the friend is unable to finish her quilt and has asked her friends to help finish it for her and her family. This is such a typical story of how quilters come to the aid of their fellow quilters. My heart (and prayers) goes out to this group of quilting friends. To see the beautiful label depicting the bride that Nadine made visit her blog: Until next time, Happy Stitching all... Cheri

Friday, May 7, 2010

My first two blocks!

Hi everyone, Firstly, a big thank you to Lizzie for helping me join you all! I have really enjoyed looking through all of your blogs and particularly looking at your wonderful work, what a talented group you are! I am new to quilting and have never attempted applique before, although I have wanted to for some time. I saw the Civil War Bride Quilt at the quilt convention in Melbourne and decided immediately that one day I would make it. I didn't think it would charm me the way it has, but it must have some kind of magic about it because I have already started. I am only using raw edge applique for my blocks (I hope this doesn't mean I'm considered to be cheating!?!) I am just too impatient!! I am also using a different colour palette - hope all you lovely experts approve. Love Willowmere Karen

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Hi All
My second Block ready for washing, as I used wash away template paper. Thanks to everyone for their encouragement, not that I need much, as its such a lovely quilt to be making. All I need is more time, but so does every-one else, so I guess I have to stop doing this and do more sewing. I find the blogs are soo .... good, but when I look at the clock another hour has gone by. Cheers Sue in N.Z.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Meeting at the AQC............

left to right........... me, Deb, Natima, Ronnie (no blog) and Kali We met in the Expo Cafe and the sun was blazing through the high windows of the Royal Exhibition Building and by the time Natima's daughter-in-law took this photo for us, we were very hot. It was wonderful to meet Nat, Kali and Ronnie for the first time, Deb and I are old friends now as we've managed to meet up a few times, Cathy was feeling unwell and couldn't make it (hope you're feeling much better today Cathy). Kali came over from Hobart, Tasmania on Thursday and I have to tell you that her machine applique on her quilt blocks is amazing. Thanks for bringing them Kali. I had taken my blocks for show and tell and all the girls were wonderfully encouraging! Ronnie has finished her blocks and is quilting it and then doing the borders as 'quilt as you go'. You won't have heard much of Ronnie as she doesn't have a blog, is computer challenged and is quite happy with that (I reckon she'll have a smile on her face right about now?) isn't that right Ronnie?? So Ronnie will keep up with the blog and we'll talk via email, she's promised to send me a photo (even if it's snail mail) when her quilt is finished, so I can put it up and show you! If you click on over to Nat's blog, she has a photo of part of Ronnie's quilt on the table. Deb brought her Phebe applique to show us and Nat didn't bring any ;o). We chatted, admired and encouraged, it was a great hour or so and it went in a flash, thanks for coming in girls and thanks for the encouragement to continue, trust me I needed it at the moment. Later I caught up with Esther, it took us ages to actually find one another, so many people and so much noise. Esther told me what she's going to do with her bride quilt, I'll let her tell you all about it!! What I will tell you is that it's going to be amazing, I can't wait for her to get started on it! I really enjoyed meeting everyone, makes me wish we could do a 'beam me up Scotty' and all get together for a huge international show and tell, wouldn't that be awesome???