Sunday, November 1, 2009

Another applique project? Yes, most definitely, yes!

I like having multiple projects going at the same time.  So far, I've shared three of my projects... the redword snowman BOM, my summer basket applique, and the Nearly Insane blocks.

Here's a picture of the pattern of my latest project.  It's based on an applique quilt made in the mid-1800's.  The name of the pattern is Civil War Bride Quilt by Corliss Searcey (available from Threadbear - in Australia, no less!).



It's an ambitious project for me, but I couldn't resist.  I'll also be making a number of changes to the pattern as I go along... probably no elephant in mine, for instance. 

There's a group of ladies who are making this quilt and they have a group blog, the Civil War Bride Quilt blog blog, which I joined. That was also a big reason for deciding to tackle this project now. It's been neat to see everyone's blocks, get advice, and develop friendships.

I started with block 5... the one that's in the upper right corner.  I drew a different "urn" to something more my style.  The apples are also bigger than the ones from the pattern.  (When you live in a place named Apple Valley, you gotta have good-sized apples!)  You can see others' versions of block 5 here and here.

I finished prepping the pieces this weekend.  Here you see the pieces laying loose on the background fabric.  (It doesn't show all the stems.)  It took me a few tries until I was satisfied with the fabrics for the pieces... and I reserve the right to change it before it's stitched!



Let the stitching begin!  (You know, I'm finding that I like applique!) 

So that's enough projects, right?  Well, uh, yeah... I *might* have placed an order for a little project today.  Maybe once I show you, you'll understand.  ;-)

10 comments:

Janet said...

Your block is looking lovely already, enjoy the journey, I think your bacvkground is great too.

Robin said...

Yay, applique! That is an awe-inspiring quilt. Kudos to you for taking it on. It should be an amazing journey. The fabrics in your first block are wonderful. And I love the more prominent apples! :)

Quilt Hollow said...

The block is wonderful. I could never imagine doing so much applique...enjoy!

Marj said...

I wish you good luck and happiness in making that quilt. It is awesome.

Crispy said...

So far I have been resisting this quilt but I'm really looking forward to seeing your interpretation...so far so good :0)

Crispy

paulette said...

You go girl! If anyone can do it you can!
Paulette

Rose Marie said...

Good for you for changing around the pattern to suit you ..... I like that. Your quilt will be unique just for you. So far, I have resisted getting involved with this pattern .....

Carrie P. said...

Hi Beth,
I have seen several blogs with that pattern on it. I love it. Your block is very pretty so far. Sometimes when I am working a pattern I change it up too. Be free and have fun.

Kaaren said...

It's called artistic license which affords you the opportunity to do what you wish to make it your own. I would probably do the same as I always fins myself changing things out to suit my personal tastes. I love this quilt and I'm so tempted to order the pattern and join in your journey.

I love the changes you've made and I will follow your progress. Enjoy the ride!

parTea lady said...

Wow, that is a gorgeous pattern and your first block looks really good. What method are you using? I'm working on some Christmas gifts right now that are machine applique - a new technique for me.