Monday, August 30, 2010

All together


one of you asked to see my completed blocks together. Here it is, seven finished and eight (the one on the lower right) in progress:
On that last, my peahen block, I started appliquéing the feet and they killed me (as my feet usually are. LOL). I know some of you preferred to stitch them but I was stubborn enough to try needleturn. It did not "turn" out as perfect as I had anticipated. Well, three weeks from now, my German internet quilt guild meets for their 10th anniversary near Stuttgart and I signed up for an "appliqué workshop"... Hope to be able to learn some new tricks there and who knows, maybe I'll redo the feet then. Now, this is all I could muster...

Greetings from the Rhine,

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Another block completed

I'm not sure whether this is my fourth or fifth block...but I'm really pleased with how they are all looking together.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

new block...


in my last post I said that I was designing my own block. I really liked the idea of a house block and thought, I could try to incorporate my own house. So, I took a picture of my house
and copied it onto the block. since I live only about 200 yards from the river, I incorporated that and since this is the heartland of German wine production, I had to incorporate that as well. Here, I first thought, I would use the grapes off the grape block, but then, I felt they were so out of scale, that I was happy to find a fabric, that allowed for me to cheat... And I combined this with ivy and a heart-in-hand to keep some traditional elements of an album quilt. So, here it is:
Do you think it will match the rest?

Greetings from the Rhine,

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Block 14 My Peahen

My peahen is my 9th block completed. This was a difficult block for me, the bird and flowers were fine but I really struggled with the leaves. I had to baste them on a couple times, I just could not get them to connect to the stems and therefore stretched to connect to the stem and made some puckers. So I think I will move on to an animal block and take a break from leaves for a while. I am still enjoying the quilt as a whole and being part of this wonderful group.
Happy Stitching All...

Saturday, August 21, 2010


Hi all!

Last week I posted my last block and asked for opinions about the vase.

This is what I did: I took it out and went through my entire stash to find a good dark material for the vase. I found something which fits rather well, I think. Do you agree this adds some "stability"? And - voila, my block is finally appliqued as well...
Currently I am in the process of designing my own block for the quilt...

Greetings from the Rhine,

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

First Block

I have been reading this blog long enough to understand that many people doing this quilt have also felt this way.  The pattern is a guideline...  my first block is done.  I need to get back into the applique groove and my photo looks a little skewed, but all in all, I am pretty happy with the results.  I am getting the calluses back on my fingers so I will be able to applique longer without pain and blood, (don't you know everything worth doing requires pain and blood, not really, but it seems like it some days).  I am doing plain needleturn applique; cut out the shapes and a little edge to turn, use a bit of glue to hold pieces where I want them, usually change my mind on placement and have to re-place a couple times and baste, because by then I have the needle and thread in my hand, and sew down.  I use matching cotton 60 wt thread and take tiny stitches because I am always so nervous it will not hold, and because I have just eyeballed the placement, it never really matches the pattern anyway.  I also wanted a larger quilt top, so I cut the background 13x16", thinking that I would trim them up a bit later, but of course, now I won't much because the applique is at the edges.  And because I am too impatient to pre-wash fabrics, I finish the block by swishing it around in a pan of cool water to get rid of the glue and make sure that the colors won't run, and then press, using the iron on the back of the block.  Cave-woman sewing is what my sister calls it, it's about as basic as it gets.  I have tried lots of other ways to applique, but this one seems to work for me...  Also to Kathie who asked about the vase fabric, isn't it beautiful, it's a Moda, Park Avenue, by 3 Sisters. 

Block #9 and preview block #10

I have just finished my block # 9 (which is the fifth block I've made):
I have also begun glueing block #10, which will be my sixth, so I'll give you a sneak preview:
I know it still looks a little wobbly and angular, but I'll get the corners out when appliquéing. I'm a little worried about the vase, though. I thought the fabric was really pretty but with the colorful flowers it seems to be really busy and at the same time, not stand out enough. What do you think, should I change it?

So, all together my blocks now look as follows:

Greetings from the Rhine (which I'll tour tomorrow with a Canadian friend and her mother),

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Thank you all for the encouragement, I plan to start with the peacocks block as I have a length of liberty lawn with peacock feathers which will be perfect, thereafter, who knows. The more I look at this quilt the more I think it will need a special bed, maybe a good excuse to hunt down an old brass one, what does everyone else plan to put theirs on? Mind you I wont need to worry about this for a long time yet.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

In the Beginning... the CWBQ

I am so excited, and it is fabulous that I get to share the excitement with all of you. I purchased the pattern after finding the CWBQ website last September, but have had other commitments until now and wasn't able to start on it.  Day before yesterday, I decided that this had gone on long enough and decided to go through the stash looking for those fabrics that I had been picking up with this pattern in mind.  These are some of the colors that I found.  I don't know how others do it, but it helps if I pick them out of the stash and put them in a box and look at them for a few days. I have taken 3 out and added about 15 more since this photo, including yellows, golds, and a couple purples. What isn't here are the batiks, I know they are not traditional, but I love them and they seem to be compatible, but the jury is still out. I really wasn't sure that I wasn't doing the whole quilt in batiks until yesterday, when I found my background, a lovely off-white with a light brown/tan all over paisley/flower pattern. That clinched at least some traditional colors and patterns. I will probably applique a couple blocks using a bit of batik and if it isn't going well, I'll take it out. And then, since I had the background and the fabrics... I started with this block.  These pieces have a spot of glue to hold them in place until I get them basted.  I will spend a couple days looking at this too until it seems right.  I know the vase isn't quite centered, that will be taken care of during the appliquing.  And the whole apple stem thing looks like a dragonfly at this stage, so I will probably change the yellow.  In any event, I HAVE FINALLY STARTED and I am THRILLED!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Temporary Slow Down

I've had a bit of a slow down in the progress of making my blocks so thought I'd let you ladies know what I've been involved in to distract me from my CWB obsession journey (who am I kidding, you all know this is sooooo addictive).  We've decided to downsize and have been preparing to move.  There are a few things we'll be working on before the appraiser gets here on Monday and then maybe I'll be able to get back to doing a little bit of stitching until it's time for the next step, the inspection.  I have the strawberry block ready to go and am excited to get stitching on it.  It's been great seeing the pretty blocks on here that have been completed.  It makes my fingers itch to get back to mine.  Linda P. 

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Today I bought the background fabric [sort of duck egg blue] in Taupo, N.Z. for my CWB quilt, which I am so looking forward to starting. This blog site, which I found by accident is so inspiring, such fun to be able to share in everyones progress, and see that others have the same ideas as mine, thank you all.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Block #4

I did not include the tendrils.  My vines are quite thick and the appliqued tendrils looked really clunky so I decided to omit them.  I may ink some tendrils later---depends how brave I am that day!  I also did not include grape stems and have not decided whether I will add them or not.  I usually don't do much embellishment on my quilts.  I have many little birdies with no eyes and no legs so what's another unembellished birdie?

I have block #5 ready to be appliqued.  It was the most difficult block so far.  Nothing seemed to come out like I visualized but that's OK since it gave me an opportunity to play further with my fabrics.

Kay in Arkansas

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Lost Emails............

Hi Everyone, I had two (I think) emails in the last couple of weeks from ladies who have purchased the pattern and are now wishing to join the blog. If you've sent me an email asking to join and haven't had an answer, can I ask you to shoot me off another email please, I can't even remember your names, I'm so sorry, but I've lost them somehow, swallowed up in the never ending ether of the internet....!
In other words, I've no idea what happened to them!!!