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!