Tuesday, May 31, 2011

My 7th Block

This block was simpler to execute than I antecipated and this time I decided to use blanket Stitch around the toes and the circles in the body of the bird...

Friday, May 27, 2011


I am finished with my Civil War Bride. This has been such a fun quilt and the blog has just increased the fun. A little recap, I applique by back basting and then needle turn. The quilt is finished with machine quilting on my domestic machine, invisible thread on the top and aurifil on the back. I used a wool batting for the first time which gave the applique a wonderful "puff".
I got such wonderful advise on this blog, like from Judy in Oklahoma who told me how her sister sews a thin ribbon around the edge of the quilt to keep the borders from waffling (just barely seen in the upper corner of this picture before the binding was added).
With encouragement from the blog I dared trying new things, like adding some inking.
I must say this totally scared me to write on this finished quilt and I ended up going over the inking with some machine embroidery stitches.

I will still be watching for new blog posts, all of your Civil War Bride blocks and applique inspire me.

Happy Stitching,


Saturday, May 21, 2011

Made the deadline !

I'm posting for Karen, as she has made her deadline, May 20th. We went together to the post office and had them postmarked today's date. Yeah !!! I also sent an entry in for my Roseville Ablum quilt. If you want to see it look at Glorious Applique blog site. We both work many long hours to get them ready for competition. She used one spool with 400 yards and probably close to half that amount on the second spool for hand quiting. She done diagonal lines, going different directions on alternating blocks plus outlined all the pieces. This quilt is made close to the original and used reproductions fabrics. She started this August 2010 and finished May 2011. We both didn't sew last night as it was such a relief to have them finished and both needed a break from quilting ! It has been a fun journey for both of us. Enjoy! Julee

Monday, May 16, 2011

Counting down on the blocks ...

Well, this block getting completed means I have only two more blocks to go before the interior of the quilt is done. Then it's on to the borders. This block was fun and easy to do. I find I am partial to the ostrich on the right, but I do like the way the two blocks work together on the left side bird. And once again, wool came to my rescue for those darn toes.
Judy in Oklahoma

Thursday, May 12, 2011

halfway finished the blocks!

I finished block #6 last night. I started on the Bird of Paradise block but got up to making the tail for the bird and chickened out. I made this block instead - fun and easy. Now back to that tail... :0) Happy Quilting!!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


sorry I posted to the wrong blog and I don't know how to delete! but heres what I am working on

Sunday, May 8, 2011

I've been busy

And yes, I'm still alive and kicking here in Holland. And I have not been sitting still. Here are the last 3 blocks that I have been working on. Just finished the bird in the tree last night. I thought that I'd put all 9 blocks together to get a feel of my quilt and I have to admit that I really love it. I'm really terrible with colors and combinations and such but I think it's because I've been using the same fabrics for all of the blocks and the neutral backgroundfabric that makes this a whole. I have to have a definitive amount of fabric to chose from, I can't say I'll just check my stash, because if I do I'm sure that this would be utter chaos. Anyway I'm really glad with my blocks and will start the tablecloth one tonight. Greetings from a super hot Holland, yesterday we had the warmest day here in all of Europe! Can you believe it?

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Birds with easter eggs

Yesterday I finished block 15, two birds with a nest of eggs. Somehow it became easter eggs, maybe it is the time of year. I do not know if there are chocolate eggs with little chicks in it, but we have to wait and see. I am really looking forward to the next set of blocks, the elephant, the ostriches. Can't wait. Love to read your comments, you are all a great supporting group.