Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Top Finished

One year and a week ago I posted my first block, this evening I finished the last few leaves on the bottom border!
I hardly believe I have all the applique finished. This has been such a fun journey. The blog has been the best. I am on to the quilting, I am going to machine quilt this quilt. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, for all of your comments, suggestions, and encouragement.
Happy Stitching,
Cheri

Monday, March 28, 2011

My third block finished, block 2

Yes I know it is over the top, and it is the weirdest plant ever. I wasn't really looking forward to making this block, which is why I did the strawberries first....
Then I got the idea of using whatever colours I would like, and this is the result. A totally new type of flower for which they haven't yet invented a name....:o)))
Anyway, I'm happy and ready to prepare the next block!

Enjoy your day!
Jane

Sunday, March 27, 2011

A Newbie

Thank you for allowing me to become part of this group. I have been quilting for over 30 years - there are not many places you can go with 3 small children besides "practices and games" for soccer, ballet, piano lessons, Camp Fire Girls, etc!
I have my pattern and hope to make the trip up to Mary Jo's to purchase the background in the next few months. I want a tan since my bedroom is a wheat color.  It has been breathtaking looking at all of your beautiful blocks and if mine can just be half as good I can ask for no more.
Janet

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Block # 17 Hannibal and his horses

I was pleasantly surprised that this block went faster than I had expected. And it posed less problems than I thought it would with all those little tucks and pieces. I did change my horses slightly ... I did them in wool so they would look "sleak and black" as my husband calls it. Plus I didn't have to do those skinny legs with narrow spaces between. (yeah!) I also used wool for Hannibal's tusks - I couldn't find a fabric that I really liked there so the wool won out. The rope was made with varigated embroidery floss, braided and then couched done.
I have block #15 well on it's way. And after much debate about his pattern (my friends have given me the thumbs up finely), my groom is being prepped. I'm getting excited about finishing him up.
Judy in Oklahoma
Just finished block 5. Lookinf forward to the next block!

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)

Awakened from Hibernation

Hi Brides! I have come out of hibernation and started to work on my Bride Quilt again. I have almost finished block #15 with the two birds and the nest. Since the feet were too traumatic for me, I have decided to scrap then and am now stitching them with embroidery floss and, as you can see, I'm not completely done yet, but I think I could show it to you nevertheless. As you can see, the tree will have - in between each leaf - a fruit/berry/apple to add some red color:
I have also begun with my 16th and last block, block # 17. The town I live in is called Gaulsheim, which loosely translated means "horse town." Therefore, I felt that the two horses made perfect sense for me, but, since I have already bent the bride's block motifs to suit my own purposes, I didn't really want to include the elefant, although I love it and think it would make a nice wallhanging by itself. I really loved Teresa's solution of coupling the horses with a tree and came up with my own pattern, which, I hope Teresa won't mind and the rest will approve of:
Although # 15 and # 17 are not yet complete, since I know I only want to make 16 and not 20 blocks, it was just too tempting to arrange them yet again to see how they look together and here's the result (although I think I will most likely rearrange them again for the final constellation:
What do you think? Greetings from the Rhine, Britta

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Block 11

I think the bird blocks are my favorites. Love the eggs in the nest in this one.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Closer and Closer

I am working on my last border, trying to get the owls right-do you think they need bigger eyes? I embroidered a long and short stitches around the face to kind of give a feathered look, hmmm, they are still a work in progress.
I finally decided on a block arrangement thanks to all of your good advice. I also changed out a few leaves on the strawberry block (added some darker ones) so it would not seem so light compared to the other blocks. This weekend I sewed the whole thing together with the first three borders. There is a little space above the two bluebirds on the the top border that I think I will quilt in a scroll/feather pattern and my initials and the year.
The borders got really stretched out of shape as I worked on them. I was kind of worried about trimming them down to their correct size so I cut out a strip of freezer paper the size the borders were supposed to be trimmed down to and ironed it onto the completed border before I trimmed them. This worked pretty good but I am not sure how straight of grain they are and I hope I do not have wavy borders when I start quilting. Maybe I need to stay stitch the whole edge of the top before I quilt?
Well hopefully by the beginning of April I will post a completed top and some quilting pictures. YEA! WOO HOO!! YIPPEEEEE!!! (Can you tell I am happy I am getting close to finished)
Happy Stitching,
Cheri

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Block #14

Well, this block certainly went faster and created less stress for me than block #13. It was nice to have a break from tiny pieces and challenging shapes. I think I like the bird blocks the best at this point - they all seem quick and easy and restful compared to some of the other blocks. I wasn't sure about the bright red for the flowers but I really like how they turned out compared to my blue peacock. I made a gold eye for him but it isn't really noticeable. I may need to change that for my bird to see. P.S. I leave the white paper tabs on the leaves to remind me that they flow over onto the neighboring block. Otherwise, I would sew them up in the seam allowances or else trim them off when I trim the blocks to size. So now it is on to Hannibal and his horses. I think I will do them before block #15. Or maybe I will start block #15 at the same time to maintain my sanity through all those skinny horse legs and tiny shirt parts. (I plan to skip block #16 - they remind me of vultures - and I will insert my groom block instead.) Albeit a strange block .... to go from flowers and birds to elephants is a bit of a leap, but I decided to include him. I was raised in New York so he is my NY connection. Well, back to the applique! Judy

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

My First Two Blocks!

It has been a difficult 2011 so far in my house, but I did manage to find a few minutes now and again to do some applique on my Bride Blocks. I actually had the first block mocked up and ready to roll back in December, and after sewing, unsewing and changing out fabrics for some leaves (twice) and the urn (3 times!) I am finally happy with the end result. I was doubting my choice of background fabric in the beginning, but am thrilled with how the muddled, tea dyed muslin looks. It is "my style" and will give me the exact look I was hoping for. Block two went a bit better, but now, on second look I am less than pleased with the way the applique of the white flowers went. My gut told me to line the blossoms before needle turning them, but I went ahead and sewed them down anyway. I should have gone with my gut...I think I am going to take them off- at least the larger blooms- and redo them. "Perfectionist" is my middle name- sometimes to my own sewing detriment. All in all, I am happy and very excited to begin my third block. May go out of sequence and keep the bride for another time. We'll see.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

I am excited!!!

I am excited....I received the CWB pattern and got my background fabric this week!! My passion is applique and this is going to be a doozy!....But will have fun!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

PUT YOUR SUNGLASSES ON!!!

good morning brides, I am very happy to inform you my first 10 blocks are finished. I know they are all a bit loud and fighting for attention. I am loving making this quilt. Searching for the right fabrics, mixing the colours together and making the blocks are my favourite things in quilting. As to the quilting itself it is not really my favourite. But there seems to be very little quilting to do when it is finished. The blocks are so fully packed there is hardly any background fabric left. (At least in mine). I am looking forward to your comments and more blog updates from the other brides.

Ta-da!

Half done on the top! I love the way they look all sewn together!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

twins?

Hi Everyone, Isn't it weird how the same pattern can look so totally different? Ineke, my new internet buddy,( we met on this site,) and I are making this quilt and Tweets together. When we put our latest blocks together, look at the difference! I think that I must have left out a bunch of leaves and she must have enlarged all of them! But each block has it's own charm! This is so great working on the same project together!