Monday, December 30, 2013

ALmost finished .. what about quilting ??

I finished my last side .. and still have to gather everything !!
I am really happy to have almost finished and realize how big this patch will be !!

And  I have a real interrogation ... how will I quilt this huge patchwork ?
Have you got an idea ??

I cannot find many posts about this subject and as I know lots of you have already finished your  quilt, I would like to know how each of you have quilted your own patch..

Can anyone give me some idea ..


Thursday, November 21, 2013

next 2 blocks

Back from my quilting retreat and this is what I accomplished.  I had to do the embroidery work when I got home and add few of the acorns on the first block.  As I said earlier I'm making mine close to the original quilt.  I enlarged the fruit block  from the picture and used the vase that is with the pattern to make this block.  I found in my stash a blue toile with fruit that
I used for the vase and added 2 extra apples, one in the middle and on top.  I also have put the centers in the flowers that are on the top border and have a few pieces sewed on the next block.  Its a cold, rainy November day here in Iowa so it's a good day for sewing.....until next time.  Julee 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Journey is Over!

I had a busy weekend planned, but I made sure I kept enough time aside to stitch the final border on my Civil War Bride Quilt!  I am excited to have finally completed this rather ambitious quilt. My advice to anyone who is thinking about making this quilt...Do It! 


Simple Bird Applique

4th Row

I finished this row faster than I thought I would.  The Elephant block took the longest as it has lots of embroidery work on it.  While I was embroidering the horses's names I done the names for the ones on outside border.  I used 2 different colored strands of 2 variegated twist #12 Valdani threads for the rope.  First time I ever used 2 different strands in one needle but the trick is not to get the thread very long for less knotting.  Again from the elephant block pattern I shorten the trainers' arm and rounded his head and gave some more width to the horses.  If you noticed I have not been putting in the boards in any of the blocks, it was something that I just didn't care for in this quilt. As I said earlier in a posting that I was keeping it close to the original but not exact.   I have been keeping track of how many pieces are in each block and I'm upto 833 total so far.  Don't let that number intimidate you for the ones that are going to do this quilt...just look at all the Baltimore album style quilts and there are many more pieces than this one...and this quilt is going fairly fast for me and I'm enjoying each part of it.  Added a close up of the animals blocks.  When I was looking at the original quilt in the book I noticed she put feet on the little bird above the cat, it looked like it had 'landing gear' down and ready for a landing, maybe on the cat??? again another change on the pattern.  Until next time...Julee

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Hello! I"m a New Member!

Hello everyone! My name is Bev Bryan and I'm a new member of your blog! I'm so excited! I've been on the waiting list for what seems like forever! So Yipee!

I've recently started on my Civil War Bride quilt and I have the first block finished and am getting ready to start the second.
So here is my first block. My applique isn't that great but I love doing it! My photos are also not the best but I was so excited that I wanted to start blogging right away! Here's a closeup of the little birds:
I used a bleach pen to make eyes. Too cheezy? I've learned so much following this blog and I really look forward to continuing on with my blocks and getting to know everyone! Thanks so much for having me! XO and cheery wave from Bev!

Friday, November 8, 2013

My finished quilt

This is the moment I have been looking forward to - finishing this quilt, mostly made with the Civil War bride patterns, with some elements from the original quilt, and some of my own drawings.
It is for my daughter in law Catalina, and is called "Catalina's Paradise."
It was done with 'old-fashioned' needleturn, and I used echo quilting to quilt it. The echo quilting did not take as long as quilting around all the applique!

A close-up of some of the quilting and the name of the quilt..

And my initials....

I have really enjoyed making this quilt!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

How to apply words

I thought I would show you how I'm going to do the words for the race horses & elephant.  First printed the words using #28 font and Engravers MT lettering, then used the CHACOPAPER (found this at Hobby Lobby).   Layer the fabric on bottom then the tracing paper with the printed words on top.  Next draw over each letter which will transfer onto fabric.  When this is done I did go back over each word with SEWLINE pen with white lead to make it a little darker.   I have been refering to the actual quilt top printed in the 'QUILTS Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum' book and using Threadbear's pattern.  I plan on using the pictures from the book for part of  my labels plus my own info on a label.  Now I'm ready to start doing the embroidery hand work, I know people could do this on sewing machine but then it would take the fun out of it and I like the looks of hand work.   I have finished the block with the turkey & rooster but will post again when I get this row finished and attached to other rows.    If you look in upper right corner are the next four blocks cut and ready to go...I'm glad I have this all cut out as I'm going to a quilt retreat down to Missouri close to the Arkansas border next week for 4 days.    Probably won't post again until I get back and see how much I get accomplished.      

Monday, November 4, 2013

Stitching in the Sun

Just came home from the sunny south where I stitched in the sunshine!

One more border and I will be finished!  Yipee!

Keep stitching...
Simple Bird Applique

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Another block finished

I put on the last flower today, pressed, trim to correct size and cut out the back area.  This block is made like the original quilt not like the block from Threadbear's pattern.  I put in the funny shaped leaves coming out of the bowl and fussy cut the bowl from reproduction column fabric to get the eagle.  This is my blue flowers block and cut out several more blue flowers to go in the top border.  I've also made my blocks square, 14" instead of retangle like her pattern, so I widen out each block which is easy to do.  I have already pinned on the dog in my next block.  I stay up late every night and watch TV while I applique, thats why I get so much done...

Friday, November 1, 2013

Another block done

Finished #13 peacock block.  I couldn't decide if I needed the circles on the tail, so in the end I just let the fabric do the talking....I jumped over the next two blocks which are the animals and just about have the flower block done #16...  I also finished cutting out all the borders and when this is all done I'm sure there will be over 1000 pieces of applique, no wonder it has taken me so long to get everything cut out.....

Monday, October 28, 2013

Next Row Finished

I finished the next row and have started on the next block...also I have all the blocks cut out and parts of the borders cut and  ready to applique.  I have fabrics piled in color groups all over my sewing room and I'm ready to put it all away.   I'm doing this close to the original quilt with few changes.  Also doing each block in a different reproduction shirting background and the borders will be pieced out of these shirtings fabrics. 

I would like to clarify about cutting out the backs of the blocks.  Since I will be hand quilting this quilt I like to remove the extra layer of fabric from the back (see picture) of the larger pieces if I think I might be quilting on top of it.  My stitches are much smaller if I do this time consuming process. 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Stitching in the Sun!

I have been busy getting the top and bottom borders ready to stitch.  Hubby and I are going on a little holiday in the sunny south.  I like to take my applique with me wherever I go.  Heaven forbid I have nothing to do while on vacation!

Simple Bird Applique

Saturday, October 19, 2013

last block

I finished my final block last night.  This block pictures my son with his fishing rod, a couple of fish and a pear tree.  I have include all of my family members in my quilt - adapting the blocks from the pattern sometimes a little or sometimes a lot.
 Here are all the blocks laid out together.  I will finish the embroidery on them before I start on the borders.
What a fun project this continues to be  :0)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Extra Vase Block

I decided that what I wanted was a vase in each corner of my quilt so I made this additional vase block.

Now on to my 16th block.  Still having fun!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

I'm back to sewing on CWB

I have been sewing with a vengance, I got blocks #6-8 done in the last 2 weeks.  I am doing my blocks in the order of the original quilt.  The strawberry block is cut out and the ostrich block has 7 more pieces to be sewed.  Today
I sized the 8 blocks and sewed them together and also cut out parts of the back so I can hand quilt on some of the pieces.  I had 4 blocks together and when I folded them I noticed that seams didn't match, I forgot to size them so out came the seam ripper and done it right...It has been over a year since I 've worked on this quilt as I put it away to work on Roseville Album quilt...this is my year to get things finished.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Second Border On!

I finished stitching the second border of my Civil War Bride Quilt.  I am beginning to see a finished quilt at the end of the tunnel!

Here are a few close-up photos.

Keep stitching...
Simple Bird Applique

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Block #15 - Red Wing Blackbirds

I finished Block #15, the Red Wing Blackbirds today.

I don't know why I set this quilt down to work on other things - I'm enjoying working on it so much.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Auditioning Flowers and Butterflies

I have finished one of the borders on Civil War Bride and I am excited to get working on the second one.  I am auditioning flowers, birds and butterflies.  So far, so good!

Keep stitching!

Simple Bird Applique

Thursday, October 3, 2013

A Groom for my Bride

I've been working on several other quilting projects but feel like I've been neglecting my CWB quilt. I've decided to re-dedicate my efforts to complete the remaining blocks. Here's my latest - a groom for my bride.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

First border completed!

My first border if finally finished!

After carefully trimming the border to the correct size, I stitched it in place.

I had fun fussy-cutting the butterflies!

Happy Stitching...
Simple Bird Applique

Saturday, August 24, 2013

All 20 blocks are finished!!

As thrilled as I am to have finished all 20 blocks of Civil War Bride, I am also (surprisingly!) a little sad.  I have thoroughly enjoyed planning, prepping and stitching every block.  I will be starting the borders very soon just to keep the momentum going!


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

A Block and Some Butterflies

Wow!  Just finished another block from Civil War Bride!  Only 2 blocks to go and then I can start the borders!

Here are some of the butterflies I fussy-cut.

Keep Stitching!
Simple Bird Applique

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Stitching on Vacation!

It's that time of year again!  We are heading to Nova Scotia to visit some friends and relatives.  Whenever we go on holidays, I always take a few blocks with me...and some thread, scissors, needles, etc!  Not that I think I will have tons of time to stitch, it is just nice to have something to do in those quiet moments.  Here are the blocks I am taking with me.

Keep stitching!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Finished Top

A few weeks ago I finished the top. The borders are a mixture of different patterns and my own drawings....
This one may be a little bit clearer...
I am now quilting it!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Another block...another row!!

It is fine and dandy to make quilt blocks.  It is really exciting to stitch those blocks into rows.  And it is beyond exciting to stitch the rows together!  This is my latest block of Civil War Bride.  I actually felt more like a home decorator than a quilter.  I wanted the carpet to match the tablecloth.  I didn't want the accent pieces (the vase, the leaves, the cherries and the apples) to compete with each other! 

I have enough blocks stitched together to make another row...

And here all of my blocks stitched together!

Keep stitching,