Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Civil War Bride Quilt

 Readers may remember my infatuation with this quilt at the show in Omaha.  I posted about it here and you can read about it on Cheri's blog -- she is the woman who won the ribbons for this quilt in Omaha.

She kindly directed me to a blog that is all about the Civil War Bride Quilt.  I would include a link, but it has been closed off to non-members since I last looked at it.

She also directed me to Corliss in Australia who wrote the pattern and from whom I purchased  the pattern.  She can be reached here:

 I was so excited, I dyed up these background fabrics as soon as I returned from Nebraska.  They're a bit darker than they look on my monitor.

Then I dyed these fabrics for this and another project that I can't talk about right now.

 I pulled a bunch of fabrics from my shelves.

And I shibori-dyed a whole bunch of fabrics for leaves and animals.  These are the greens -- I can't find the photo of the other shiboris, so that will have to wait until I cut them up.
This is the first block -- I've finished about half of the leaves and part of one bud.  There are more leaves, but they're in my bag at the moment.  I'm getting much better at the hand-stitching -- practice really does cause improvement -- although I'm sure perfection is a ways off.  I've found that I get in a rhythm when stitching.  This is going to be wonderful when the football season starts.  I need something to do with my hands when all those players are standing around and this is it!  


Barb said...

Your dyed fabrics are just awesome and those leaves are just fantastic.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Okay, I'm coming to live where your fabric lives!
Those colors are beautiful, and I can't wait to see what you do with a very traditional pattern.


Robbie said...

Ditto on the hand work! When I started on my 'Georgie' piece I kept thinking how bad my hand work was!! Well, I haven't done any hand applique since I taught (scary isn't it!) a class FIVE years ago!!! I'm still not totally happy with my work but practice does make perfect doesn't it! It's almost like we have to have an ongoing project forever to keep us in practice!! Your dyed pieces are quite nice, Karen! Now to see what you do with them.

Beth said...

This will be a lifetime project!!! I love to applique, (needle turn) but haven't done in awhile. Oh, and of course the dyed fabrics are causing drooling AGAIN!!!

Lynne said...

All those fabrics look fabulous!

Chris Daly said...

Go Karen Go! Your block looks beautiful. I love the colors you are working with. And that cat fabric in your other quilt is so cute!