Tuesday, March 22, 2011

the bride

It took me awhile but I finally finished the applique for my bride block. It's definitely my favorite so far! I couldn't resist changing her hair color and style - my daughter informed me that I do not have orange hair but it's the closest I could get to my color of red. I can't say I "finished" the block because I haven't embroidered her face yet. Ask me if I've done a stitch of embroidery on any of my blocks? I have to confess to being an embroidery slacker. I'm a bit afraid of it...
I'm also a bit afraid of some of the blocks I have yet to make. (like block #9) I've started #20 next - I'm just a big chicken! I'm having lots of fun though :0)


  1. Yippee!! It's wedding season! I LOVE this block! Her hairstyle is so very nice, and the colors/fabrics are so springy and pretty! I was nervous about embroidery as well...I ended up leaving my bride faceless because I was such a chicken. I think I did that because I didn't like the eye I did on my peacock... Anyway, good luck and I can't wait to see what you do NEXT!

    In stitches,
    Teresa :o)

  2. Janet,
    I agree with Teresa - what a lovely spring bride. I love that you changed her hair to make her "you".

    I was a little hesitant about that bird of paradise too, but it strangely went better than I thought it would go. Those tail feathers weren't as daunting as I thougth they would be. Plus I now know how to layer things in sections.

    And the thing to remember about embroidery (I was doing embroidery long before I ever started quilting) is that you can always take it out, just like we take out our stitches when we applique something we don't like. With her face, you don't have to mark it - just "eye-ball it" as the saying goes. And if it doesn't look right, take it out and do it again. Lord knows I still pick out stitches on things.

    Good luck!!

  3. I love your bride! Her "red" hair and hairstyle are adorable. I am not a confident embroiderer either. I used a Pigma pen on my bride's face. I figure that it is similar to the India ink used on vintage quilts. Judy has a good point, though, that you can pick out your embroidery stitches, but ink is permanent....

  4. How cute: the bride has been to the hairdresser and looks very contemporary! Lovely!

    Greetings from the Rhine,

  5. Very pretty bride block, love all the pinks and reds. I agree with everyone else, go ahead and embroder that face, you can take it out if you do not like it. I found the quilt to be very forgiving as it is "folk art" style. I thought my embroidery gave my bride a sort of Mona Lisa smile.
    Happy Stitching,


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