Thursday, April 28, 2011

Block Ten

I'm happy to say I'm back making blocks for the CWB quilt.  After we moved I crashed for several months and couldn't seem to get with it.  The last month or so I've been appliqueing again and the last few days I've also gotten caught up on reading the Blog.  What wonderful blocks you gals are making.  A special congratulations to you, Cheri, for finishing your quilt top.  It's amazingly beautiful!  I'm also impressed that you got it finished in just a year.  And I just noticed that Karen's is finished too.  Way to go.  It is stunning!

Here's my block number ten, the strawberry block.  I decided to embroider the strawberry tops after reading about the struggles some of you have had appliqueing the pointy tops.  I also decided to add some strawberry flowers. 

I haven't made blocks in any particular order and this makes the ninth block I've made so far.  Here's a shot of them all together.   

Monday, April 25, 2011

Block 6

This block was straight forward and I'm getting better with the feet of the birds.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Block ten

Hello dear friends, at last I finished block 10, which is my 7th block.
It is not perfect but it is the best I could do, 
there were some difficulties with the top of the strawberries, 
but it is all over now.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Second Block Finished

I have completed the second block which is the one, I think with the most leaves. Could be wrong. I have also put the feet on my bird from the first block. I am starting on my third block which will be the one with the Strawberries. Much simpler to do so far. I haven't cut out the tops to the strawberries yet, I may wait and make a few and if they're hard to do I'll make them in ultrasuede like the birds purple feet in my first block.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

"Here comes the groom..."

Well, I finally finished my groom block. My friends have viewed it and gave their approval also. They were critical in helping me get him designed and "in fabric" so to speak. My inspiration for him came from so many different places .... a 2009 post from Lizzie on her groom, a 2009 post from Teresa on her groom, pictures from the American Folk Art Museum and what they thought might have been the groom for this quilt, some research on line of colonial men, and my own family. Thank you Lizzie and Teresa for your inspiration!
My family was still in Europe when the CW raged in the states, but my husband's family was already here. I thought I would introduce you all ... the first photo is Adam Sliger (1820 - 1926). He is my husband's great great grandfather on his father's mother's side. We have photos of him in his confederate uniform but some other family member has it. The second photo is of Riley Hasrial Mc Donald (1821- 1895) and his lovely wife Mary Jane Holloway McDonald (1851 - 1889), my husband's great great grandparents on his father's father's side. Notice the age difference ... he was 30 years older than her and she still died earlier ... life was not easy in the 19th century.
As vintage quilts frequently included lots of symbology in their images, I thought I would carry on the tradition .... so my thought on my groom ...the musket is for my husband's family members that fought during the CW. The peanuts (and squirrel) are for the family generations that homesteaded in Texas after the war as peanut farmers. (The squirrel is also for the ones that keep terrorizing my dogs in the back yard. .... And yes that squirrel looks very similar to Kim McLean's ... I am also working on her princess feather quilt and belong to the glorious applique blogspot so borrowed from her design.) The pear is for my father-in-law, who has wonderful pear trees in his front yard. People come for miles to get pears from him for pies and canning. He always gives them away for free as that is the sort of man he is in all things. It also helps us remember all the times he has fallen out of the trees while reaching for "that perfect pear" ... the man is 6 ft 4 but can't be content with the "low hanging fruit". My husband is a man of similar fiber and I thank God every day for my luck in finding him. I actually redid my bride's face - making her smile. How could a bride not smile while contemplating her future with her groom? I think they make a lovely couple.
So, sorry about the weird layout of the pictures but I still have not conquered the art of posting things the way I would like them.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

9 blocks made

Seeing 2 tops finished in the last few posts has been very inspiring! I finished my 9th block last night. I'm almost halfway! I should be in no rush - I am enjoying making this quilt so very much! I thought I'd lay out all 9 blocks to have a look.
I wonder what block I should make next... :0)

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Ready for Hand Quilting !

Posting for Karen. We had a busy day yesterday as I helped Karen layer and baste her quilt top together and in return she helped me baste my Roseville Album quilt top. We left an open area on the border so she could finish sewing the men on the dogs. Karen also made hers close as possible to the original quilt. She has done beautiful hand workmanship with both the applique and embroidery. Now she has to decide how she wants to quilt it, probably grid work.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

More birds ....

Celia and I must have been thinking alike. We both finished the same bird block.
I did mine to resemble red-wing blackbirds, one of my favorite birds. I love to see the color on their wings when they fly. We had a house in Texas where they were more common than the sparrows. It was wonderful!
I still need to add their eyes. I was thinking yellow eyes but my family thought that would make them look "possessed". I thought having red eyes would make them more possessed than the yellow. Sigh .... I may have to experiment with different colors.
Judy in Oklahoma

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Block 5 of my Civil War Bride Quilt

Here is my 5th block. Once again the feet of the birds was the biggest challenge. Also looking at the picture the eggs seem to disappear but the actual block it looks fine.

Just cut out the pieces for the 6th block and that one also requires dealing with toes !!!