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. ;-)