Saturday, December 31, 2011


after a loooong period of procrastination and other projects, I have come around and picked up my Bride again. Today, I finished my last block (as I'll only make 12) and can now turn to the borders. Here's my last block.

After being done with the horses and tree, I counted the apples/fruit I wanted to insert in between all the leaves - 54 all together - and I remembered the tedious process for the few grapes block, so I cast all plans overboard, went into Ebay and auctioned 2000 mixed buttons of all colors and sizes, picked out 54 small ones of varying size and yellow to red color and sewed them on just now. I think it works really well and adds another splash of embellishment, color and shine to my blocks.

Now for that border....

Greetings from the Rhine,

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

My finished top!

I am so excited to have my top finished. It has been a wonderful one year journey. I plan to baste it later this week and begin the quilting.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

It's been about a month since anyone posted, and i have nothing to show neither. Just want to wish all of you a very very merry Christmas and an extremely happy new year, with all the things that make up a good life along with a lot of sewing time. Enjoy,

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Hi, Here's my almost finished first block. I think i'll hold back on the table until i figure out what colour is needed there. And I will replace the berrie-like thingies by green. Yes, i managed to buy 2 more metres of fabric, thank you guys for your answers on my previous post, so now i feel secure about my amount of green since i'm using the same one on the wholequilt. Fingers crossed. I already started block 2 but forgot to take a picture. I really love working on this quilt, i think it has to do with the appliqué method i chose, shown by Teresa (fabric therapy blog). Enjoy whatever you're doing!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Side borders done...

I was hoping to have finished all the borders before now but life had gotten in the way again .... I finally have the two side borders complete with some changes. I really liked the children riding the dogs from the original quilt and wanted to include them. After some debate with myself, I ended up with just the dogs on the left border. I also added another larger red wing blackbird on the bottom of the border ... too many butterflies andflowers ...
I had thought of adding the racing horses (which I also liked from the original quilt) on the right border but thought they were "too energetic" for the rest of the quilt where other animals seemed to be at rest. So I added two morning doves instead, something common in Oklahoma and a bird I really liked. They seemed to balance out my dogs and compliment the other birds in the quilt. So they are done and I liked they way the borders look.
I am now working on the top border...
Judy E in Oklahoma

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Fixed I hope...

Hello everyone, I saw Jane's post about being unable to comment on Ann's quilt post...seems it was only that particular post that just wouldn't allow you in, I've been in and fiddled around with it and hopefully you can all now say wonderful things about Ann's lovely blocks and quilt...

Finally (Ann)

I have been trying to comment on your quilt, Ann, but the comments link does not seem to work. Has anyone else had this problem? I think your blocks look wonderful, especially the white ponies. The whole thing looks very inspiring and colourful. I love it!
Jane in Wales

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Until now I have been unable to post any pictures of my brides' progress, hopefully today it will work. I am in awe of all the needleturn blocks people have done, mine is done by machine, else I would still be on block one. Now it is all sewn together I will probably unpick and swap over the blocks with the white horses and the house, as for me, yellow was quite hard to include in the quilt and it would be better to spread it out. Mostly I followed the pattern, the strawberry block is one I really like, made from fabric bought off trade me, they look real enough to eat. My other great interest is carriage driving, so I decided to include my black pony pulling his red gig in front of the brides' house. Especially dear to me are two white ponies, so I stood them under a tree made from Michele Hills William Morris fabric, using one of her cushion patterns to make the tree. The table block didn't inspire me, so I made another vase which meant one in each corner. I would have liked to include my persian cat, but she didn't look right anywhere, instead I will applique her on the back by the label. Now I am ready to start the borders, and hopefully have it ready to be quilted for an exhibition next March. I am hoping the borders are faster to sew than the blocks. Phew, the photos seem to have succesfully uploaded! Ann in Gisborne, N.Z.

For better or worse....

.....the bride is done.
 But she has struggled every inch of the way. I am sure it is because I have changed her so much. And I am still not sure what happened to the pink dress I was going to give her. Somehow I changed it into a yellow one, and I do not like it at all! I may start all over again...!
Have a nice day

Friday, November 4, 2011

I'm still here

Hi Everyone, Greetings from a super great warm Holland! No, I have not given up on this quilt. But other things have put this on the back burner for a while. I have finished the middle blocks and am working on the left border. I wanted to have this done by the end of this year, but that's not going to happen. So I have set my sights on spring 2012. I'll be going to the states in february and want to finish the borders then. great to do while catching up on the family gossip! I'll keep you posted. Thanks for the great photos of all the progress we have been making on this great quilt!

Third Set of Twins.....

This is the third set of twins that I've done for the CWBQ blocks. I wanted to show off the fabric that I used on the birds. It's a William Morris print. The other photo is of all the blocks I've done so far. Now, I'm at the half way mark, I'm deciding whether to do all 20 blocks or stop at 16 blocks plus borders, because I do not have a big wall to hang a large quilt. I'll have to think about it a bit more, but that won't stop me!

another table block

Here is my table block. Mine is more like the pattern but I did change the legs a bit to make them easier. I also had to have red apples :0) so I sat them on a pink tablecloth so they would stand out. I should get out some embroidery thread and try stitching the stems - they don't look too hard.
Awhile backI finished my blackbird block but forgot to post about it here. I enjoy the bird blocks so much but I sure don't enjoy sewing their feet on :0)
Happy Quilting!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Table Top .....

I'm really happy how this CWBQ table block came out. Love the fabrics! I changed the shape of the vase to suit the fabric that I chose for it. I've finished 11 CWBQ blocks now (including another bird block, Blk 16). However, I'm having trouble loading up more than one photo at a time on this blog, so I'll post at a later date. I also wanted to show the set of 11, but again the photos wouldn't load up. Enjoy the fall weather! It's cool out, but the sun shines through!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Hello every one, My photos are not where I wanted them, but you can see them so that is the most important I suppose. I finally started this quilt (been aching over a year) and so far I absolutely love every minute of it. I changed my background again. First I twice wanted to use a relatively plain background in different shades, but I decided on this small print by Jo Morton. I also decided (I had a year to think) that I wanted the same green (Bonnie Blue) all over the quilt, as I think was in the original (or maybe she used 2 different greens) because I think I will be using a lot of different fabrics and this will tie the whole thing and make it less chaotic. It is also easier to find 1 good contrasting green I think. But here is my question : how much green do I need? So far I bought 2 meters, which is a little over 2 yards. Will that be enough or should I buy more now that I can still find it? Usually I use different fabrics in 1 color, so this is the first time I have this problem. Can some one help me out please? I am using the glue hand applique method from Teresa (Fabric Therapy) I found in one of her tutorials. Teresa, if you are reading this, thank you very much for that, I truly think it is the perfect way for me to do this quilt. Happy sewing to all of you, Françoise

Saturday, October 22, 2011

My 11th Block

Still working on the quilt aiming to complete a block a month... so far so good.

Another set of twins.....

I love the fabric by Jo Morton on the ostrich body! I'm hoping I can use the fabric somewhere else in the quilt. I don't know why, but it seems to be that the blocks that have double birds end up being twins! I have another block cut up and ready to be appliqued that have double birds and so looking at it, I realized that they were twins as well! Oh, well, that's the way it goes!

Monday, October 17, 2011

AQS Des Moines Winner

Karen was a WINNER at AQS Des Moines 2011 show, 2nd place. They did call her the night before the show opened but she didn't hear her cell phone and never thought to check it until she called her husband at home on opening morning after the announcement. She was very surprised and shocked. I told her she could be a winner and she had to enter this quilt, she's glad she did! Posted a close up showing her beautiful embroidery work. I heard many great comments about her quilt at the show. All the winners will be in the next AQS magazine.
Going to post mine next on Glorious Applique blog

Monday, October 3, 2011

Top finished!

Dear brides, the top is ready, ironed, just saw one thing which is not appliqued, can you spot it. Well I ironed it for the picture so now it is back to the sewing machine for the last few blanket stitches. I enjoyed every minute of this quilt so far, I started in december last year, so all the seasons are in this quilt, the easter eggs with the birds, fall colours and the light greens of spring.
I loved your comments and through this blog I met a great friend Lorene, who is also busy on this quilt and it is almost complete. We are already thinking about a new project!
Today in Holland we are enjoying the last sunny days, it is already fall, a good time for some quilting. I will be quilting by hand, just outlining, the quilt is busy enough, don't you think?

Saturday, September 24, 2011

We need someone new....

Hello everyone, I haven't been here for ages have I. There is a huge amount of stuff happening in my life right now and time is just so hard to find. It's over two years since I bought Corliss' gorgeous pattern and started this blog and the time has come for me to hand it over to someone else to administer.

If you're a regular reader of my personal blog A House in the Country you'll know that my  lovely, adorable Mum has Alzheimer's disease. She is 82 years old and I'm losing her slowly to this insidious disease. My time has to be for her and to support my Dad. I will keep my personal blogs so I'd love it if you would come visit me there from time to time..

Right now, I need one of you to take over the admin here. If you think you might be able to do this shoot me off an email and we'll sort it. I'll stay here as a sort of silent partner, just give whoever takes over admin rights. I'm sure that there is one of you lovely brides just right to do this..........

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Blocks 7 thru 12

I have all the blocks finished but will show right now blocks 7 through 12. They were fun to work on. I'm already thinking about the quilting. Since this is all hand applique, I'll hand quilt it. I'm wondering have those of you who have finished your quilts, if you outlined the appliques and then quilted between the blocks next to the seam line. Or perhaps the blocks and appliques are so close together that they do not have to be quilted alone the seam lines. What do you think.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Red Wing Blackbirds

I finally finished another block.  I really like these red wing blackbirds and their little nest but I had more trouble than usual with their feet.  I don't think a glass of wine goes with the really tricky applique bits!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Twins Get a Make-Over.....

The larger photo is the after block and the smaller photo is the before block. The first of Sept was our 32nd wedding anniversary.....are we due for a make-over too?! He, he!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Here Comes the Bride.....

I'm's been awhile since I've posted because we've moved from California to Oregon, so with a big move, it's taken me awhile to get back on track with this quilt. Am now discovering awesome quilt shops here and in Washington since I'm in close proximity. I rearranged elements differently than the original bride block. The only tricky parts were the "layering" of her hands holding the vines.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

At the Halfway Point

As different as each block is from one another, I'm amazed that they all look so good together. Unfortunately, the colors are very washy, not all like their true vibrant selves. CWB #1 took six weeks to make, second guessing and agonizing over every little decision. Since mid-July I've finished five blocks with the sixth, CWB #11, shy one leaf from completion. Fabric choices do get easier.

Civil War Bride Block #10

Every bride needs strawberries to share with her intended.

Civil War Bride Block #9

A recent purchase of grab bags from Cherrywood fabrics were the building blocks for this fanciful bird, whom I've named Freddie. He is very colorful and rich looking, singing his joy at being given a place in this quilt.

Civil War Bride Block #8

None of the other blocks I've made so far have as many different types and styles of fabrics. Batiks, checks, reproduction fabrics, hand dyes, Kaffee Fassett fabrics, and more all work well together in this block.

Civil War Bride Block #7

The peacocks were a joy to make. Though the topknots are different from the pattern, I don't think the peacocks mind. A picture of a Zebra moth inspired the black and white butterfly. Who knew such coloration existed in the butterfly world?

Civil War Bride Block #6

The red and green polka dot fabric was the starting point for this block. While the applique was fun, selection of fabrics to coordinate with the polka dots was mind bending. The purple flowers at first seemed a wrong color but ultimately were an excellent choice.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Bird of Paradise block

I am so happy to have this block finished! It took me a long time to work up the courage to make that tail. In the end I used an overlay to place and applique the feathers. I was pleased with the results :0) I really liked Lurline and Teresa's birds so I tried to draw mine to look like theirs. Thank you so much to everyone for all your inspiration! Am I the only one having trouble leaving comments on this blog?

Monday, August 15, 2011

Block #14

So after doing the first two blocks, I got adventuresome, and really wanted to do the Pea Hen block. I modified her a little bit, and I'm still not sure what her crown should look like. I found a bit of fabric for inspiration (or appliqué?), and it's pinned on in the lower left. I made those pesky feet out of ultra-suede, and still need to stitch (glue?) them down. Oh, and she needs an eye! Poor thing can't see where she's going yet! I'm currently working on my Bride, the ostriches, the elephant and the table with the vase. (yes, all at once! LOL!) But, mostly the Bride. Hope to get her flowers finished and post her soon for you to enjoy! ~Vicki in Connecticut

Fourth Block

I'm still have some detailing to do on this block...but it was fun. I love the bird swooping in on those grapes! and, OOPS! There's my needle in the lower left! LOL! ~Vicki in Connecticut, USA

Second Block

Well, phew, that went OK, as far as uploading is concerned. (Can you tell that I'm new to blogging and posting!) So here is my Block #2. Oh, my! All those leaves! ~Vicki in Connecticut, USA

My First Block

Hi Everyone! I've been enjoying seeing all your blocks, and have finally gotten up the courage to post my blocks. This is the first one I did, and actually the colors are more vivid than my camera would allow. The red of the apples is very red, not murky and dark. I'm using different backgrounds for each block, and having fun going through my stash for the right fabric to use! I'm also using the plastic template/magic sizing method and even though it's time-consuming, I find it's easier than needle-turn for me. So, here it is....I hope you all like it! (and there will be more to come...if this post goes smoothly, I'll post my others shortly) Vicki in Connecticut, USA

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Strawberry Block - My Third Block

I finished the Strawberry block a little awhile ago but just took a photo. I liked making this block until I had to sew on the tops. I thought about doing ultrasuede but I ended up fusing the tops on and then machine stitched a blanket stitch around each top. It actually looked better than I thought it would. For my 4th block I started on the one that has two birds that are pale pink with lots of leaves. I am most definitely not using pale pink for my two birds. The brighter the better in my book.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Block 20

Block number 20 is my ninth. I liked working on this block.  
I have only been using fabric from my stash, and I think maybe my blocks are a bit monochromatic.
I better go shopping soon.