Sunday, January 30, 2011


Hello and thank you to Lizzie for allowing me to join. I don't have my pattern yet so I will mostly read everyone's posts and comment once in a while if I have something to add. My name is Eileen Keane and I live in the Hudson Valley between NYC and Albany. We've lived here for 27 years. Before that, we lived in Westchester; much closer to NYC. I have the most supportive husband, Mike, who sort of understands my love for quilting since he's made one himself and has started a second one. Now applique, he's not too sure of but he likes to see me happy. We have a son, David, who's married to the greatest girl, Alicia. They've blessed us with our 21 month old grandson, Tyler. I never knew I could love anyone so much!! I have my own home based longarm quilting business. I've been doing this for 10 years now. Wow, how time flies. I'm still learning-I probably will be until I decide to stop altogether. So that's me. I love hand applique but since there are more quilts than there is time to make them, I'm going to be taking a class in machine applique at MQX in April. I don't think I'll be doing the CWB by machine though. I want to enjoy every minute. Talk to you soon.

A Little Rearranging

The strawberry block is a little lighter than the others, I am not sure if it helps to move it in the center of the quilt. You are probably right Sandi, I am going to have to add some darker leaves, or add some darker color to some of the leaves with fabric pens.
I enjoy all the comments and good ideas. It really helps to take some pictures and see them in the posts, you see thing you do notice in person.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Block 6

I really did not look forward to doing this block. It was so similar to block 2 and I thought it was a rather boring block. But as I was trimming it this evening I realized it is a nice block, so full of applique. I really liked the dark red and green buds. I saved it to last and it was a good finish for the blocks. I have been rearranging blocks on my pin up wall for a couple weeks now. I kind of like this layout with blocks 4 and 6 switched. I like the bride surrounded with the two similar blocks and I kind of like that bird flying up. Sorry about the lighting on the picture, it is late, there is a reflection from a mirror on the opposite wall on the BOP block and the two below it.
Any observations about this lay out are welcome, maybe swap blocks 2 and 4 so the blue flowers in 4 and 5 are not so close? It is all fun.
YEA, my blocks are finished!
I am starting on the borders!
Happy Stitching,

Friday, January 28, 2011


I finished my version of block#16. I changed the birds a lot in this one. I liked Susi's idea of turning them into bluebirds. It took several attempts to draw them. They needed to fill the available space while I was trying to make them look more like real Mountain bluebirds. In the end I remembered that this is a folk art quilt and then it was easier :0)
I thought I'd post a picture of my first 6 blocks together - they are in no particular order. I'm surprised at how bright they are. They are so fun to applique!! I have a good start on Block #1. It's different in that it's so symmetrical. I wonder if our bride made it first??

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Another one bites the dust

Here's the next block of this fantastic quilt. This one was an easy one. Like I mentioned on the Glorious applique blog I have to force myself not to finsh all these blocks one after another. I just adore the background fabric that I have chosen for these blocks . Check out this birds crazy purple feet!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Blocks 3, 4 and 5

My bride is finished, I had to stop myself for not doing any more embellishments. I know she is very over the top. But it is our party, we are the brides. Maybe the bootlaces are a bit too much.
I don't care.
Next came the block with the dead bird falling from the sky. I will wait until more blocks are finished before I decide which way the grapes and bird are turned. For the time being my bird is flying. I decided on the colours to make them a bit of an autumn theme, so the grapes are ripe for picking. Don't know if there are any pink grapes.
At last a fun block, loved this one to make, there are Dutch tulips in it and has a springlike feel to it.
And for now I am also busy with the next block, does anyone get excited about the leafy block?

48 Leaves to Go

I have completed my 18th and 19th blocks in the Civil War Bride Quilt. I have not done the blocks in any particular order, I generally would choose a block with lots of little leaves and then a block with larger leaves. I have block 6 left to do. Lots of little leaves, 48 of them, along with 5 flowers and 4 buds. I know there are lots more leaves on the borders, but I am not thinking past the 20 blocks at this point. The red bird block, #20 in the quilt, was fun I liked that bright bird. I changed up block 12 just a bit, I substituted a few tulips instead of the daisy type flowers and added a butterfly. After I took the first photo of the block I thought the pink tulips were just a little bit light (isn't it funny how you see things in the photos on the computer that you do not notice right in front of you) so I got out the Pigma fabric pens and added some color to the tulips. I think they now have a little more contrast and may just leave them as they are.I am moving on to block 6...48 leaves to go.
Happy Stitching,

Monday, January 17, 2011

Fabric choice

Hello all,
I never do anything easy..
this will be the first all applique quilt that I have every tried..
any applique that I have done before has been just a little here and there on any other quilt
I have chosen fabric...(the camera doen't do it justice)...all civil war
the beige paisley will be the background fabric
Off I go...I will post as soon as I have some progress...

With needle in hand,

Sunday, January 16, 2011


I'm posting for Karen today. She now has the first 3 rows done. We both are doing them like the original quilt and using Civil War era reproductions fabrics. I'm still busy working on the Roseville Album and someday will get back with this quilt. She already has 1 block done for the next row and probably close to having the second block done. Will post when the next row is done. We have given ourselves a deadline of May 18, 2011 to have our quilts done, don't know if we will make it but should be close to it. A deadline makes you work longer, little faster and hopefully have a finished quilt...time will tell !

Saturday, January 15, 2011

3rd block finished!

put a flower in the bride's hair for her special day!

New to blog!!!!!!!

Hello All,
I am new to the blog....I just received the pattern today....I am sooooo excited and motivated by all of your blocks..
I will be choosing my fabric this weekend and hopefully starting the first block early next week..
wish me luck

With Needle in Hand,

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

3rd block

Hi Everyone, Happy New Year and a super creative 2011. Here is my 3rd block. I absolutely love working on this quilt, don't know if I'll feel the same when I get to the block with all the leaves, but...we'll see!

Monday, January 10, 2011

My latest Block

Just completed my third block today. This has been the quickest one to complete because the pieces are larger and a lot less.
Onto the next one...

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Thinking of everyone ...

As I have been prepping my next CWB block and playing with drafting out a "groom" block, I have been thinking of everyone in Australia that is part of this blog. You are all in my prayers ... for staying dry and safe. I hope the rains have not affected you too greatly. Judy