Saturday, July 31, 2010

Bird of Paradise

I am not really sure who is the main character of this quilt, the bride is so important to the quilt's story but the Bird of Paradise is certainly the "showiest". I basted each tail feather over freezer paper and then glued them into place on the block (I generally do my hand applique by back basting). I thought it would be hard to get the freezer paper and all out but it went pretty quickly. The BOP block went so well that...Ta Dah
I got a second block done this month. The fruit block is fun because of the colors. The real find in both of these blocks is ultra suede. (A big thank you to Tresa Jones for the tip and the sample.) The BOP feet and the strawberry tops are both of ultra suede. This is a real discovery for me, no turning under the edge just trace on applique paper (Heat and Bond lite, or my favorite, Steam a Seam 2) iron it onto your block and applique as usual. A little hint, if you use ultra suede remember to turn your iron down from the cotton setting, by BOP feet are a little scorched but he is none the worse for the wear. I am off to start tracing my next block...
Happy Stitching,

Friday, July 30, 2010


I have finally finished my block # 4, the bird and the grapes... I was busy with correcting exams and I had to write an article. On the bright side: the article (soon to be published) is about Quilting in Alice Walker's work and I think it turned out quite nice... Anyhow, I was able to finish my block:
Like Linda, I turned the bird around. The grapes were done in self-dyed cotton satin with the help of and thanks to your great tip: Perfect Circles! The little stems and vines were stitched in stem stitches and chain stitches. How do you like it? I have not made up my mind yet as to which block will follow next... Any suggestions?

Greetings from the Rhine,

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Another finish....

Yesterday I went to the Craft and Quilt Show in Melbourne and whilst wandering through the quilt show I spotted Ronnies CWBQ hanging!! You can see Ronnie in this post from the Australian Quilt Convention back in May of this year. Ronnie doesn't have a blog but has been following us from the beginning. Here's her quilt hanging in the show..............

Well done Ronnie, it looks amazing and I shall add it to our finished page.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Block #8, Fruit

Another block on the finished side of the ledger for me.  This one is the Fruit block, #8.  I'm not making these in order but coincidentally this is the 8th block I've made.  I really enjoyed making this block.  It just seems like a happy block to me - maybe because of the yellow.  There are still an awful lot of blocks to go.  Sure am glad I have you gals here for encouragement so I'll keep pushing forward.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Seeking your advice

I originally chose the bright yellow flowers of this block as a bright contrast to a blue urn.

Yes, I really love the ombre blue (it's a Dargate Divinity) - especially with its diagonal swizzle.

What do you think of the leaves? I am fussy-cutting from a pink and green fabric. I like that too, but maybe not with the bright yellow of the tulips. Should I change the tulip colour to red?

What about the other flowers to be added at the top?

I am going to continue with the leaves - I like them. And I don't want to change the blue urn.

I look forward to your words of wisdom. Thanks everyone...

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Halfway now

I am now halfway through the 20 blocks, and I just love the look of all the blocks together so far. I really wanted to add some oomph with the colours in this block. Poison green and chrome yellow seem to have done the trick.I decided to keep all the flowers in the same fabric, but I used a print with direction to add interest.

Don't half the blocks make an odd shape to photograph. (Can I just repeat that? That's half the blocks). LOL!!

Yes, I have started another one, but I will need to put it down for some deadlines. I've got a binding to make!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Block #4, grapes

I had a very slow week last week.  I was under the weather and didn't get much sewing time in.  Then when I finally did finish my block, I went to take a picture and my camera was broken.  I carry it in a pocket in my handbag and probably bumped it at some point - sigh.  My husband lent his camera to me so here's a picture of block #4 that I finished last week. 

I decided to change the direction of the bird on this one.  Couldn't locate my circle eze so did the grapes by gathering the fabric around a template.  Still want to give the circle eze a try one of these days since you ladies like it so.  Sure have been enjoying seeing all of the gorgeous blocks you ladies are making - and sure love all the activity on this site.  It's so motivating!

How are you going to quilt this? or how did you quilt this quilt?

I posted this as a comment with one of my previous blocks but did it so late, don't think many of you saw it.  I'm still day dreaming about how to do the quilting on this qult when it's finished, so thought I'd put my questions into a post instead:

As I've been stitching I've been day dreaming about doing the quilting on this charming quilt. With so much applique on each block, I can't picture how to fit any quilting on it, except maybe sitich in the ditch on the outside of each block, and quiting in the borders, and I know that's probably not enough quilting. What have the others of you been thinking you're going to do? And how about those who finished your quilt? Did you hand or machine quilt? How did you do it? You didn't outline around each applique did you? That would give me nightmares but I sure can't figure out how to fit any quilting in other than that. Would love to hear what you did or are planning to do.

Monday, July 12, 2010

More Blocks Finished

Hello All Sorry I have been away for a while but I have been making blocks and have some pictures to show. I found the strawberry leaves and birds feet quite a challenge with these tiny pieces, I wonder maybe they would have been easier to do hand/needle turn as these are done with invisible machine applique technique. Look forward to your comments and enjoy reading and seeing every ones lovely blocks. Sharon Pinevalley Quilts

Here Comes the Bride

She is ready to walk down the aisle. I haven't decided whether I'll include a groom or not. Am thinking not but I've got a while to make up my mind. I've started on #5 (the block with the grape clusters). It should go fast especially since I use Karen Kay Buckley's perfect circles. The last quilt I made had over 100 berries on it and the one before that had close to 200 berries so I feel like I'm a berry good berry maker!
Kay in Arkansas

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Natima Revisit

It has been six months since I last visited the CWBQ. It was in my mind to get back to it since I put it away before Christmas, but I just had many other projects I want to do as well. Anyway, not all is lost. I'm back to visit it again working on the table block I started six months ago.

To get myself motivated I even took a drive to see the original CWBQ at Threadbear in Castlemaine. It was raining all the way and most people would say it was a terrible day, but Mr Notjustnat and I love driving in the rain so for us it was a lovely drive. We stopped for lunch at Kyneton and visited a few shops on the way (sorry no photo, rainy days are no good for photographing). Be sure to scroll down to see the original CWB quilt.

My table block is finished, washed and pressed. I changed the shape of the legs from the original design and changed a bit on the vase too just to make it easier for appliqué. I don't think I will put the tassels on the table cloth as on the original block. I don't think it needs it.

Here it is the original quilt I saw in person at Threadbear. I was the last visitor yesterday afternoon. Corliss was busy preparing for the quilt show next week in Melbourne. You wouldn't have known it because the shop was immaculately tidy. It is a beautiful shop in the middle of a country town of Castlemaine in Victoria. I will drive from anywhere to get there again.

My next block is the bird of paradise block. The templates are cut and ready to go. I added purple and orange fabric after I took this photo. It will be a very bright feathers so watch this space. 


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Block #1

This is block #1. The pink flowers remind me of Pink Heath (Correa), Victoria's floral emblem.
Just perfect!!
I'm not sure whether the yellow bits are meant to be leaves or flowers, so I compromised.
I have finished 9 blocks so far, and started 2 others. Looking at these blocks all together, they are starting to look a bit pale... I'd better inject some more colour into this quilt!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Block number 9

Block number 9 is my fifth block for Civil War Bride.
The blocks are all so excited, it is hard to decide which one to do next.
I chose this one because of the tail. I appliqué each feather instead of piecing.
I could have paper pieced the tail, but I didn't think of it until afterwards.
And I embroidered the beak, it looks a little funny - but it will do.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Block #2

My second block is finished. It was a lot of fun. On to making my bride pretty for her special day!
Kay H in Arkansas

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Back on the wagon

I'm back on the wagon, or am I off the wagon? Hmm... guess I should have thought about that before using it as the title of my post. My name is Bizarre Quilter and it has been 7 months since I last worked on the CWBQ. Heh heh... Why haven't I been working on the quilt? I had a few deadlines to get through, and then I was a bit stuck on which fabric to use for the peacocks. So, I switched blocks. Bet you can't guess which block this is? Okay, I know you guessed correctly. I hope I can finish it in the next fortnight.

Friday, July 2, 2010

My Bride

Here is a long overdue piccie of my Bride block. You girls have been posting some wonderful photos of your blocks recently and it has motivated me to get started on my next block.

Block #14 finished

Here's block #14, the little peahen strutting under the wild rose bush, that I finished last night. 

I originally wasn't going to put the eye feathers on her tail thinking that then she'd look too much like a male peacock because of the bright blue fabric I had in my stash for the eye feathers.  I thought maybe the base tail fabric I planned to use would be good enough without having eye feathers because it's kind of wispy and feathery looking.  When I showed her to my husband both with and without the eyes layed on the tail, he thought she didn't look enough like she was in the peacock family without the eye feathers.  So I "tea-dyed" the bright blue eye tail fabric I planned to use (using strong coffee because it seems darker to me) and put the eyes feathers on afterall.  Hope she doesn't look too much like a male since she's kind of bright.  Maybe just think of her as a confident female or a female with bling .................. ;-)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

My Little Bride with the Mona Lisa Smile

I just finished my bride block. I have stayed pretty traditional with my CWBQ and I could not decide if I wanted to embroider facial features, but in the end added them. I like the way the mouth has just the little tiniest bend of a smile. I have worked really hard the last couple nights to stay on my goal of one block a month and I have about one hour till midnight and then we will be at a new month already. I pinned my bride up beside the other completed blocks and I really like the way it is coming together. Happy Stitching all... Cheri