Thursday, October 28, 2010

Here Comes the Bride

I am enjoying my Bride block so much! I have a bin filled with scraps so I dumped it out and rummage for perfect pieces to make her perfect! Aside from the yardage I purchased for the background, this quilt will be made from my scraps.  Not thrilled with the stitching on the cherries and may redo the top ones...but we will see. Sometimes I enjoy those awkward pieces it gives it a "naivety" to the quilt.  My couch is full of little snippets from this project! (better than crumbs)  I think I will ink her face rather than embroider... I do see some tiny black seed beads on her shoes and maybe on her bodice.  She reminded me of my days playing with paper dolls!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Good morning from the Newest Blogger

Good morning! After following this blog and getting lots of inspiration, I am finally ready to begin my own journey- bringing my personal version of the Civil War Bride Quilt to life. My name is Karen, and I live in upstate New York. Albany to be exact. One of the reasons this quilt is so dear to my heart (other than the fact that it is stunningly beautiful) is that the original quilt maker lived somewhere near here. Imagine! I feel a particular fondness for who she is, that she could have walked some of the same areas I've walked. That she loved fabrics the same way as I do. That she created something beautiful as I hope to. I wonder who she was, what she was like, and what actually happened to her that the quilt was never truly finished. What happened to her groom? What was her life like after he was gone. We may never have the full story, but we have a beauty to use as inspiration as we quilt our own story. I'm thrilled to be here, and can't wait to share my quilting journey with all of you. Karen

Another Newbie

Hi there everyone, my name is Katherine and I'm thrilled to be a part of this blog.  I came across this blog at the beginning of this year and I couldn't get this incredible quilt out of my mind. Last month I found and signed up for a BOM version of this quilt.  My first block arrived and I have had so much fun playing with the fabrics.  First I made an overlay and now it's ime to cut out the freezer paper shapes, cut fabric and start appliqueing!  Thanks to all of you for inspiring me.  Until next time...

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

shopping in the USA

Hi CW Brides, Thanks for your comments on my joining this great group of craftswomen. I'll be leaving for Los Angeles tomorrow and going on a great quiltrun with my cousin on Friday. The fabric list has been made and checked over again and again. If I miss anything I can always go to Jo ann's! Lorene

new to blog

I am new to this blog and am enjoying seeing everyone's blocks. I am just starting the quilt and working on my first block. My favorite part is choosing the fabric! I'll be sharing my block when it is finished.

Monday, October 25, 2010

My CWB block 2

I like the block over all.  But, I made a few placement errors and ended up with a few less leaves on the block.  I can live with that but next block I will be a little more careful.  I decided to start block 3 and the left border and alternate between blocks and borders.  --Susan

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Hi CW brides, I'm a happy person today, I get to join this great group of appliquers/quilters who are making this fantastic quilt. Can't wait to get started. This week I'll be going to the States and stocking up on my quilt stash.The fabric here in Holland is soooooo expensive that whenever I get the chance to go to the States, to visit my family, I always stock up. I'll be buying fabric for this great quilt and as soon as I get back to Holland Ill be starting on my civil war journey. Thanks for having me and I'll get back to you soon. Lorene from Holland

Block #7

What a fun block!  Well, all but the feet.  Notice how my birds are hiding behind leaves.  After two attempts at those teeny tiny toes I decided my birds are sitting in trees with an abundance of leaves.  My hat is off to those who appliqued those itty bitty toes!

Wonder how I'll conquer the next set of itty toes!  I do have ultrasuede in my bag now......
Kay in Arkansas

Friday, October 22, 2010

So what happened to the Groom?

Looking at pictures of the original quilt in the book,  the museum has pictures of the original patterns she made.  There was a pattern for the Groom.  What happened to him that he did not make it in the quilt?  Do you think the poor girl got jilted?   Perhaps he died in the war but one would think she would honor him any way....what do you think happen to the Groom?


So glad to be included in the blog. I am currently working on a "Tulip Wedding Quilt" and doing my best to complete the applique before I begin my CWBQ in January. I have my pattern on order and also the fat quarter starter pack from Threadbear. Really excited!!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Good Morning My first block completed!

I am so excited about making this quilt with you, I finished my first block and I am hooked. I have the second block in progress-not sure if I am making them in order yet.  I do plan to add a little of my life to some of the blocks but I find this quilt so fascinating.  I wonder about the wonderful images did the quilter get to see an Elephant or Ostrich in person?  Was she lucky to visit a zoo?  She must have been well educated!  What influenced her?  It is fun to imagine. Spending time with this quilt will be fun and filled with wonderful stories to imagine.--Susan

Here is my block #2 almost finished.

I'm undecided about the red and white seedpods (or are they flowers/buds or leaves??) I admired the red and white that Mona used for these shapes and thought I'd give it a try. I'm not going to applique the little white oval shapes on them until I've decided what to do. I have set it aside to think about and have started on block #11.

Each block I've tried so far has presented different applique challenges. I'm loving it so far and have to confess that my other quilting projects are suffering neglect. :0)

Sunday, October 17, 2010


Hi! I'm Deborah Bell......I am new to visiting blogs, much less posting on one. Hope this makes it, if not....Ill try again. Anyway...I live in Waxahachie, Texas. My local quilt shop...Common Threads started Civil War Bride a few months back as a bom. It was my first attempt at appliquing......nothing like sinking or swimming! But I have a great group of ladies to help and encourage me. I was very interested to see what other people were doing with it and to be honest....beg and borrow as many tips, help, etc that I could. I am. I finished my first block - #11, minus stitching the feet and eye to my bird.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

An Animal Block

This is block 12 for me, a fun little block and a break from leaves. Thank you all for the advise on the other animal block I posted (block 17), I did just leave it and now with the surrounding blocks I think it does look okay, and well balanced. Once blocks 16 and 20 get on either side of them it will not seem like very much empty space. Still love seeing all of your posts.
Happy Stitching,

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Block #6 finished

Another very leafy block -- am looking forward to numbers 7, 8, and 9 that don't have so many leaves. 

I am enjoying this quilt so much and look forward to seeing pictures of everyone's blocks.  
Kay in Arkansas 

Saturday, October 9, 2010

new block finished


I just finished embroidering the cherry stems to my altered block # 13. I substituted one apple for my cat PeeWee and added my other cat Bootsy underneath the table. I might add a stitched little mouse to keep Bootsy under the table busy...

Greetings from the Rhine,