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!