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

9 comments:

  1. Your blocks are lovely! You've got some momentum going now :0) Yes, I'm stalled. I have 16 blocks made and made the mistake of starting a new applique project - opps! I need to get my bride out again.

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  2. You are so right about getting the blocks prepped.....then we always have a project for the car, babysitting grandkids, watching TV or just sitting on the patio on these gorgeous falld days. I have even stitched in the boat while hubby fishes. But it is too difficult to prep other than my sewing room. In fact, I think I will prep a few more now. :)

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  3. Love that the prep gets the block sewn.... get the prep done and the quilt will follow !!! Keep at it ....... ALL of you.

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  4. Jan Mac,
    First let me say your blocks are wonderful. Great fabric choices .. esp. the pears - they look like you could eat one!
    Second, I think the "stalled" thing is part of doing any great project like this quilt. I finished mine but it took longer than I expected(two years)but I think that is part of doing such an intense hands-on quilt. Every block is dense with applique and I found they really become a part of you as you choose fabrics, do the prep work and then stitch along. Don't worry about getting stalled at times ...just enjoy the process as you get to the finished quilt however long it takes!
    Judy E in Oklahoma

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  5. Hello! I would love to get this pattern! Is there somewhere in the USA to get it? Judy E...I'm in Oklahoma too. I love your quilt! Great job! Thanks and cheery wave from Bev

    bev@44thstreetfabric.com
    http://44thstreetfabric.blogspot.com

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  6. You are right. I started this almost 3 years ago, completed several blocks and stalled and then, yesterday, prepped another block. I need to prep about 6 at a time and then I always have something to work on... I'll post mine together in a few days. I think I felt like I needed more practice to actually do it justice and now, after several more applique quilts, I feel like I'm ready. This is a wonderful quilt. Your blocks are beautiful and keep at it. Congratulations on your re-start!

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  7. I have 9 blocks made. You hit the nail on the head - prepping is the key. Many times I sit working on wool applique because I don't have a block prepared.

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  8. Having something ready really is the key with applique. Hope you get an energy burst soon. Your blocks are looking great, but think about how much happier they would be in a finished quilt.

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  9. Your blocks look great! We are all so used to making quilts that provide us with "instant gratification". This quilt is truly an heirloom piece. I believe the journey (as slow as it is) is every bit as important as the destination!!

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