Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Block Four-Grapes

Lots of grapes in block four.  I have Karen Buckley's Perfect Circles, but I decided to just sew these without gathering them.  They aren't perfect, but real grapes aren't either and this was a quicker way to go, eliminating the gathering step, and not all that difficult.   I'm putting my block in upside down. I just didn't like the bird swooping in from the top and looking backwards.

Hope your holiday preparations are going smoothly.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Block Three--The Bride

Block Three is complete.  I debated how to dress my bride and decided to make her pretty plain.  Sort of like me.  I've never been very snappy or classy.  Just a Plain Jane and so my bride is a rather Plain Mary.  I like that she is surrounded by flowers as I've always loved growing and tending to them both indoors and out.  I added a tiny bit of embroidery to my flowers to  make them a little more interesting.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Block Two is finished.   I'm really ready to take a break from leaves.  Not sure if I will continue making the blocks in order or not.  Block Three is the Bride and she is surrounded by lots of leaves!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

       Having finished the piecing of my hexi quilt I've given myself permission to finally start work on another quilt from my To-Do List.  Winner is The Civil War Bride Quilt, based on the Bird of Paradise Quilt in the American Folkart Museum in New York City.

It will be another slow project, but these days I have nothing but time and I'm fortunate to be able to spend as much as I want of it on quilting and piecing.  I'm particularly fond of appliqué so I know I will enjoy this journey.  

The first block is finished.


So many versions of this quilt are available to admire and give inspiration.  


The pattern by  Corlis Search is available here

Friday, November 21, 2014

Ready For Quilting

35 months after beginning my hexie quilt I appliquéd the last flower a few minutes ago. And it is finally done! Now if only it was quilted and named.  I am  so happy to have the hand piecing done on this huge project.  It measures 95" square.

Happy Thanksgiving!