Friday, July 2, 2010

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 .................. ;-)


  1. dear linda,she is just perfect,believe me,you are so creative with this quilt,i am looking foreward to your next block,happy stitching,susi

  2. Oh, she's BEAUTIFUL...LOVE the bling!! You did such a nice job picking fabrics and her embroidered eye, head feathers and feet look fantastic. I sure sweated over the darn feet on all the birds, and they still didn't look that great to me. I think the embroidery is an vast improvement!!

    In stitches,
    Teresa :o)

  3. lovely Linda, she's a pretty little bird. Love the colours of the flowers...

  4. Linda, just love your little lady. She is so very sweet. Nice job and very well done flower fabric choices.


  5. She is a beautiful pea hen. This is one of the blocks that I have been looking for just the right fabric for the tail. Good idea to dye the brighter fabrics a little darker- I have also used coffee to dye fabric both on purpose and accidently - I will expand my search out of the reproduction fabric sections. Thanks Linda!

    Happy Stitching...

  6. It means a lot that you all think she's not to "manly" looking with those bright eye feathers. Thanks for your kind words.

    Cheri - You're welcome to use the same tail feather fabric I used if you like it. I only got a quarter yard so part of the writing is cut off but what I can read from the salvage is, Windham Fabrics Presents the Lincoln Bicentennial 1801-2009 Commemorative Collection 1850-1875 by Nancy Gere. I think it's a current-line civil war reproduction fabric, and you may be able to find it on the internet.

  7. 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 not enough quilting. What have the others of you been thinking? 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.

    We're going away for the long weekend and I'm afraid I'll go through withdrawl symptoms if I don't have my bride quilt to work on (grin). I decided to prep a couple of blocks to take with me so my fingers wouldn't be idle in the evenings. The two I'm trying to get ready are the strawberries block and the grapes block. Here's hoping I'll find time to work on them.

  8. She is just beautiful, Linda! And I love the blue fabric with the flowers. I am looking forward to your next block!
    Happy stitching

  9. How perfect is that? Linda did you happen upon this peacock fabric or did you make it? It is stunningly beautiful and so appropriate for the tailfeathers... Really pretty!

    Greetings from the Rhine,

  10. Love the bling! My husband helps me when I'm stumped too.
    I know I will never hand quilt mine so will likely give to my machine quilter.
    Kay H

  11. Hi Britta: The tail feather fabric is by Windham Fabrics-Nancy Gere (see above post for details if you'd like to get some). I appliqued the eye feathers onto the tail feather fabric. The eye feathers were cut out of a brighter fabric and had to be dulled down some (I used strong coffee to do that). Still a little brighter than I would have preferred, but guess they'll be okay.

  12. Wow, that's a great looking peahen. I am glad I waited. Choosing the fabrics for that bird has stopped me from finishing that block.

    THanks for the inspiration.


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