Monday, June 28, 2010

Block #7

I love looking at peacocks so I really enjoyed making this block. The ones I made, using civil war fabrics, aren't quite as brightly hued as a real peacock but I'm pleased with how they turned out. I embroidered the feet and was much happier doing them this way rather than appliqueing them out of fabric. I'm discovering that the details in a block are what captivate my attention and excite me. This block was one that got me pretty excited because there were lots of details to play around with........couldn't wait to see what the little guys would look like when they were finished.  I just love seeing how a block evolves itself (anyway it seems like it takes on a life of it's own and creates itself the way it wants to be sometimes, if you know what I mean. I don't really know how to explain it but I just love that part.)

Next I think I'll try making the peahen, block #14.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

#1 is finished

This project is just too fun!!! I finished my first block and can hardly wait to start on #2. I am using two Moda designer fabrics: Verna by Kate Spain and Eva by Basic Gray. Also am throwing in a bit of Anna Maria Horner, Kaffe Fassett, and Amy Butler. My background is white with small white swirls.
KayH from Arkansas

Friday, June 25, 2010

My second block

Last week I finished this. It was fun to do, but I decided to embroider the strawberry crowns with wool. Perhaps not very authentic, but it came out in the end the way I wanted it to look.
I am not quite sure yet which block I am going to do next.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Block #6 is finished

Another leafy block is finished. If I counted right, there are 46 leaves in this block. It actually felt like it went faster than the last leafy block I made.........and the last one had a few less leaves. I think I may be getting into a groove here.   :-)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Hi you experienced bride-quilters!

I have a question as to what techniques you all use to create perfectly round shapes (such as in the grapes, which is the next block I'll tackle). My current plan is to cut out round shapes and to gather them on the left side like yoyos in order to appliqué them on.

What methods did you use? Needle turn? Open edge applique? Freezer Paper? Any tips and tricks?

Hoping for some inspiration,
greetings from the Rhine,

Friday, June 18, 2010

Block #2

My block #2 is finished.  Like those of you who made this block, I thought I'd never get done with all the leaves.  I had orginally planned to eliminate some of the leaves in each block, but I guess the charm of the quilt got to me, and I made each and every one of them in this block.  Whew...........but it's finished.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Block #1 is finished and the Bride awaits stitching...


I have just completed appliquéing block #1 and I added the little dried blossom parts at the bottom of the apples in DMC.
Now it's time for the bride (block # 3).
I have chosen to give her old-fashioned bloomers with hand-embroidery on it. Guess her hubby's cheeks will grow as red as her skirt if he sees that...

Thanks for your encouragement! I am currently having so much fun with this appliqué, all other projects are on the back burner...

My bride received a face and some curls last night...

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Block #3, the Bride

The second block I made is block #3, the Bride. I decided to make her in her wedding finery and give her a wedding bouquet instead of the second apple. She was quite time consuming to make but I enjoyed seeing her emerge from the little pieces of fabric. Here she is:

Intro and Completed Block (Block #9)

Hi I'm Linda from AZ.  I'm happy to have found this Blog and to be making this beautiful quilt.  I've been reading along for a few months now and have been enjoying the wonderful blocks everyone is making.  I've gotten ideas that appeal to making a groom for my bride.........and lots of inspiration from seeing all of the "eye candy" here. 

A little about me.........I'm retired, live in Glendale, AZ with my husband and our little dog Gizmo.  The best part of my day is when I'm working on a quilt.  I love to applique, well, actually love everything about quilting.  I guess I'm "addicted" to quilting like many of you are.

Since I plan to put this quilt in my front room, I wanted to make it using colors that would work in there.  The main fabric I'm using is a Moda fabric line called Rouenneries. This line is in shades of Turkey Red and grays. It was inspired by French textiles of the 18th century and fits in with the era of the Civil War. I'm also using some Thimbleberries fabric and some reproduction fabric from my stash, and am using muslin for my background in a tea dyed color.

I've made two blocks so far.  I decide to make block #9, the Bird of Paradise Block, first.  I enjoyed making this block, the feet and beak not so much.  Next time I make a block with a bird, I think I'll embroider them instead.  Here is a picture of my block #9.

Friday, June 4, 2010

A Pair of Peacocks

Hi all, this is my 5th block that I have completed, so I am moving right along. This block seemed to go fast, probably because of the larger pieces. The blocks are looking good all together on the bulletin board in my sewing room. I don't really have too much else to say about this one, I am just enjoying every stitch of this quilt and seeing all of your posts and progress on your own quilts. Happy Stitching... Cheri

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Bride is a Block of the Month.....

Hi everyone, two posts in a week, phew! Just wanted to let you all know that I'm adding a link on the sidebar to Common Threads Quilting in Texas, USA. I found out today that they are doing a BoM of the 'bride', how exciting! Not only for the BoM, but also that all those lovely American Ladies might now be able to buy the pattern?? I don't know this for sure, but we can only hope.. I emailed Denice this morning and heard back from her that she is more than happy to have the link on here, as she would be I guess. You all know that the only interest we all have is the quilt, not any shops that sell it, so I hope you're all OK with this? Talk again soon, I'm cutting vines this week............! Lizzie