Thursday, December 27, 2012

Block 4 finished!

This was a lovely block to make.
I put it the other way up, because the bird upside down makes me feel dizzy!

and a close-up

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

7th Block Done!

Even with Christmas around the corner, I managed to find the time to finish my block.  I loved working on this block!  It went surprisingly fast and  (trust me) not difficult at all!

The bird's feet and beak are pretty tiny so I decided to use Ultra-Suede for those pieces.  After they were stitched in place, I thought they could use a bit more definition so I outlined them with a brown Micron permanent marker.  It also helps to hide the stitches!



Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Still plugging along with blocks.....11 done now

I love this quilt so much.  Janet inspired me with her church in an older post and I wrote and asked permission to use her basic design to add to my confederate soldier original block.  I think I will leave out the blocks with just flowers to include these two blocks with all of the other originals.   Thank you, Janet.   I adore the birds and keep working on them.  I have a few new blocks to show.  Just noticed  that I didn't finish the birds head dresses nor all the embroidery.....but I will get to that.  I have five more blocks prepped and hope to have them done by the end of the year.  As I have mentioned before, I am doing the rosebuds with folded 3-D fabric....and the birds' legs with ultrasuede to get crisper toes.  The bell in the church doesn't show up very well....just the clanger.  Any hints or ideas?    Thank you all so much who show and post your blocks.  I am glad to know I am not the only slow one in finishing this beautiful quilt.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

My 11th block

Here is my 11th block ...

and the blocks my friend  Gaelleis making with a totally different type of fabrics !
I love her choice and it makes me regret my choice of fabrics ...

So different, and so bright !!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The time is accelerating till the end of the year,
and I try to get my first 12 blocks ready before the end of December ...
(1 month - 1 block):
SO here are my 8th, 9th and 10th blocks :

For this last one,
I did the strawberries' stems using embroidery ...
as I saw many of you  had troubles to have the stems straight enough.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Quilting conundrum

Now, I know I'm getting way ahead of myself here, but quilting has been on my mind.  Despite my first attempt at quilt as you go turning into Quilt As You Fail, I am toying with the idea of trying it.

I'm a little scared about quilting the pieced top as it looks terribly fiddly.  However Quilt As You Fail is burned into my psyche (and the offending result is a cautionary tale for quilters everywhere).

I experimented on this block to see how fiddly it would be. 

Last time I found QAYF great for the blocks but it all fell apart (pun intended) at the block joining stage.

I wondered if anyone else has tried QAYG for this quilt or has tips on how to quilt the pieced top without resorting to a Valium/white wine based diet?

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Simple, but challenging!

This strawberry block was both really simple, and really challenging!
The stems and strawberries were the really simple part.

The tops of the strawberries were another story!  A little challenging!

Here is the block finished.
And here are all my blocks so far!

Keep stitching,

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Big hand syndrome, elephant block

I'm feeling a little sorry for my bride as the only chap in town seems to have giant hands syndrome and is living in a surreal wonderland.  No wonder I have not been able to find her. She has probably legged it. As a wise old lady said to me once,

""Why would any sensible woman put beans up her nose twice?"

You wouldn't think my worst vice is a G&T if I go out for dinner (so they're few and far between) as I'm starting to think this looks a little magic mushroomy.

I had trouble on this block with the horses, the legs just seemed to be too close together to get a decent amount for needleturn. I had a couple of attempts. The first ended up with anorexic legs that didn't look like a horse at all.

The second had a John Wayne leg thing going on, something serious was medically wrong with it.

I asked a graphic designer friend to find me a horse outline that was similar that I managed to tweak. And lo, there were two yellow polka dot horses to add to the block.

Artists often use mirrors to look at their work as it gives them a different perspective, almost like looking at another painter's work. I'm starting to realise that the camera works in a similar way. Looking at the photos here, I see all sorts of things that aren't evident to me in the flesh.

One of the horses looks a bit wolfish and the pink elephant seems to be charging his trainer. Quite why the wolf & horse are up on a wonky Ikea shelf above them is harder to explain.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Hello - thank you for having me


I've been following the blog for ages, in fact it's how I found out about the original quilt and got the bug to make one. 

Mine is a little different - if we were kind we would say its influenced by Eastern European folk art - if we were more truthful - shows a complete lack of planning or colour scheme.

Anyhow, here's one of the blocks I've made up - I call this one Prancing Ostriches.  Somehow I managed to shift their leg position and these birds have attitude.

Thank you for letting me share my CWB experience with you.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Finally finished all the 20 blocks !

It has taken me nearly 2 years to get to this stage but it has been worth it.
Check out my blog for this journey and many other projects.

Monday, November 5, 2012

I tried to achieve the twelve first blocks finished before the end of the year,
therefore you will see me a lot before end of December ...
As I show you the  block n°7 :
29 octobre 2012 065_edited
Do not look precisely at the feet of the birds ...
I think I will put them away and embroid them afterwards ...
This was the difficulty of this 7th block.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Block 18 and 19

These blocks are my own design as I wanted to have a groom and a house.
Check out my blog for more pictures

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

 I am back with my 6th block ;
At the beginning, I made myself a commitment ...
(does it sound correct in english .. I am french! .. ??)
 to show a block each month ....
we are in October .. ,
I began my CWBQ in January ...
a little bit late ..
but as the pleasure is still here,
I try to accelerate the rythm ...
The 7th is almost finished ...

and I discovered for this block, new threads, specially designed for applique ...
named "Fil à gant"  from Sajou, a french brand ..
(very old one which has been relaunched recently!)
and I must say, it is much easier than my regular threads !!
(I am not paid by this brand ..
but as I have been doing applique for a long time, I can say
these threads are perfect ...
the only issue with it for the moment is
that it exists in 32 colors only..
and I can say  the greens thread are from my point of view
not enough developped)
See you soon for my 7th block !!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Another Block Completed!

I thoroughly enjoyed working on this block!  I played around with different fabrics for the flowers before making my final decision.  I am especially pleased with the butterfly!

The top row is finished!  Looking forward to starting the next block...and the next row!

Keep stitching...

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Progression - at last...

Okay, I have been very quiet recently, but I have been able to make some progress on my Bride over the months. Although, I am still far from being done (having too many other projects on the side), I still want to show you some of my advances. I have sewn my 12 blocks together and also added the top and bottom border.
I am quite fond of the detailed additions on the bottom, so I want to show them to you in detail. As I had made alterations to the quilt at large and am using fewer block, I felt, I have liberty to make alterations at the borders as well. So, instead of the many birds, I wanted to highlight elements that are important to me in my life. One of these is music, which is exemplified by my guitar and bluegrass mandolin:
As an avid sewer and quilter, I had to include also a sewing machine, naturally. Despite the fact, that the Featherweight is much younger than Civil War times, I felt that is has such a classic and recognizable appeal to it... So, here it is:
The side borders, on which I am currently working, will feature the flower vines, but will also contain books, a kite, sewing paraphernalia and what nots... Then, I have to figure out how to connect the vines in the corners as I have now altered patterns as well as what to put into them. Maybe more cats?!
Hope you like it!

Greetings from the Rhine,

Hello Brides,

It's a miracle. Blogger finally allowed me to add a photo to my message.

Yippie! My quilt is done and I had a great time making it. I started February 2011 and finished it this September.

To all the ladies still working on this quilt: enjoy the journey! I did!


I didn't applique this quilt in the "normal"way, but instead of using a buttonhole stitch I crossed stitched the pieces.

bye, bye and thanks for all the great comments, pats on the back and words of encouragement!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Block 4 is finished!

It was a fairly busy weekend taking in a few local fall fairs but I was determined to finish block 4 of The Civil War Bride Quilt. 
I am stitching the finished blocks together as I go.  It gives me a nice sense of accomplishment.  It also lets me see if my color choices are balanced.  The bias strip tendril were a little tricky!  I have a few helpful hints for the tendrils on my blog simplebirdapplique.


Monday, October 1, 2012

I finished 2 more blocks for my Bride quilt. I tried to draw these blocks so they would fit in with the ones from the pattern.  I wanted a church for the bride and groom to get married in. I'm also wanting to include my 4 children on the quilt so the other block is of my 2 younger daughters.  The flowers are from the ostrich block that I am not going to include.
I now have 17 blocks made - only 3 more to go!
Happy Quilting!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

3 new blocks and confederate groom added!!!!

I just posted the last three blocks I have finished.  I just can't state enough how much I love working on this quilt.  I am continuing to try to make it in the folk art style and to add a few elements to make it my own.  I am a beginner appliquer so any suggestions or advice is so welcomed.
First, I did the pear block, block 8.  Having lived in a pear orchard I wanted both brown and yellow pears.  From a suggestion from a friend, I did the strawberry tops, grapes and cherries from ultra suede to aid in their shapes and to add a dimension of depth to each piece.
Block 10 was one of my favorites and I couldn't wait to do it.  Again, the tops are ultra suede.  I used various plaid pieces to try to show the various stages of ripeness.  I did struggle with leaving the tops pointed upward instead of downward as seemed more natural.  I made the decision to keep it more like the original for design balance.
I REALLY REALLY wanted a groom and decided he had to be from my favorite movie GONE WITH THE WIND.  I also wanted a mansion and decided to put both in one square instead of having to make the awful decision of leaving out two beautiful blocks!!!!!  I think he will replace block 3, the white flowers and then be next to his bride.
I searched and searched confederate uniforms and images until I found one I thought workable and then sketched him from that.  I did the same with mansions.  The original sketch doesn't have the mansion dormers on it which were suggested by my husband as an afterthought to make it look larger.  I tried to incorporate the plaid I chose for the house with columns for the same reason. The second floor balcony is a striped fabric I had and I embroidered the rail.  I haven't decided to add the foliage around the house ....or to just embroider vines up the columns....or to just leave the piece as it is.  Suggestions?????
My groom has an ultrasuede beard/hair piece but embroidered moustache and "chipmunk" beard to connect the two.  The insignia on the hat is embroidered.  I really wanted a yellow lab but he just didn't show up like a chocolate one....and black was too stark.  The sword sheath is just a black piece of bias I made with ultrasuede handle and top.
I hope you all enjoy seeing the blocks as much as I study and enjoy the others members post.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Finished block 3!!

I really enjoyed working on this block.  Lots of pieces but so worth the effort!

I could not wait to see what the quilt might look like when it is sewn together.  So I stitched the first 3 blocks together!

Keep stitching!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Making Time for the Bride

 I've decided that it is really time to set time aside to work on the Civil War Bride quilt and get it done. To date I'd only made 4 blocks and one of the main reasons I wasn't getting anything done was that when I had time to stitch I didn't have any blocks prepared. I've taken the time to get the pieces for several blocks traced and prepared on freezer paper and it makes a big difference when I just have to stitch them. I completed these two blocks this week and have started the elephant block now.
 The last photo shows my finished blocks and I plan to check back very soon with more progress. Is anyone else stalled and needing to just "get it done"? Maybe we can support each other. I do love this quilt and it will be great to have it finished so I can enjoy it.
 Cheers, Jan Mac