Sunday, September 11, 2016

The last of 20 blocks

Now it's onto completing the eyes and the faces on the full set of 20 blocks! 
I've counted 3 faces to embroider and 27 bird and animal eyes.  
I'll have an assembly line going...then onto the borders--here I go!
This was a fun block to do.  The green is one piece.  

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Full of Happy Chirps!

Here are all my blocks to date, laid side-by-side.  Only one more to go
and then onto the eyes, sewing them together, and the surrounding borders!

I've also attached a picture of my black bird block.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Birds in the Fruit Bowl


Lots of Fruit for all to enjoy!
Only two more blocks to do...then it's on to
the borders (and all the eyes!).

Monday, August 8, 2016

Robin Red Breast with Her Nest

This block went together fast!!!
It's so nice to have a block with bigger (and fewer!)

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Peacock on the Roam

I've really enjoyed embroidering
 the highlights on the tail! (Do Peacocks have tails?)
I plan on embroidering the eyes on my blocks, and 
will be using Trish Burr's books for ideas.  

Thursday, June 23, 2016


So many leaves!  I've added Colonial Knots to 
the center of each flower.  

Monday, May 16, 2016

Bird of Paradise with Label

Recently, I've been able to see the original quilt in the 
American Folk Art Museum's traveling display.  
On this block, there is a "Bird of Paradise" label in
script-lettering.  I grabbed my pencil and paper and drafted
 the label. I've tried to replicate it as closely as possible
on my block, and have placed it in the lower corner also.  

Friday, May 6, 2016

Seeing Double

I can't believe how quickly this block came together!
However, I'm saving all the eyes and facial details to 
the very last step! 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Berry Time

The Civil War Bride Quilt (Bird of Paradise) is presently in an exhibition tour--
part of the 'Self-Taught Genius' Exhibit by the American Folk Art Museum, now on tour.  
Currently (through May 22, 2016), the exhibit is at the New Orleans
Museum of Art, then onto St. Louis, and Tampa.  
I was able to see the quilt (and the paper templates) at the 
New Orleans museum!  What a very special treat!--just like strawberries!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

top finally finished

Last night I appliqued the last piece onto my Civil War Bride Quilt.  I've been working on it since 2010.  It is exciting to finally finish the top.  I want to handquilt it so it will still be awhile before it is completely finished. 
I used the Threadbear pattern for most of the blocks but designed my own borders.  What a wonderful project it has been to work on. 

Happy Quilting!!