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