Monday, October 26, 2009

A Bird, Horses & Soldier!

I've been busy in the past week with obligations and some fun, social days - so not a lot of stitching to show!
Here is The Bird of Paradise block from The Civil War Bride Quilt - in progress, that is, but it shouldn't take a lot to complete now! Wow - what a tail - and as you can see, I am playing with the upper part of the bird, altering it to a Kim McLean look-alike bird!

Congratulations to Christine of Once Upon a Quilt ... - Christine won 2nd Prize in her section at the Queensland Quilt Show for her quilt 'Sleep Baby Sleep'! Christine is a very talented and enterprising quilter as many of you know and this quilt is very special to me.
Many years ago, I drew up this applique design and started to make the quilt, but was never happy with my fabric choice, so passed it over to Christine.
This quilt is beautifully appliqued and hand-quilted and certainly is a winner! With more reproduction fabrics being available nowadays, I have ordered the red and blue shown and am madly looking forward to starting another quilt!
To find out more about it's history, pop over and visit Christine! Maybe she will release a pattern soon!
Just look at this pre-loved hand-knitted toy soldier - Danielle found him at a market yesterday
and will put him aside for Byron for Christmas! She is thrilled with the find as their twins were conceived in England and she feels very sentimental about this and has quite a lot of collectibles for them!
It's the start of a new week, so lots of happy stitching everyone!

24 Lovely People said ...:

Chookyblue...... said...

that bird will look amazing once finished.....wished I had some sewing time.........

wishes, true and kind said...

You have been busy! I love the tail of your bird! Now I'm going to have to go back to the Civil War Bride's Quilt blog to see how you've modified it :).

joan

Janet said...

What a flash looking bird, the tail feathers look fantastic. I've admired Christines wonderful quilt, it certainly is a terrific pattern.

Deb said...

Lurline,what a wonderous looking bird. The tail is magnificent. Your CWQ is going to be beautiful.

Kathie said...

Oh Lurline I just love your peacock tail feathers, beautiful fabric choices.
that baby quilt is just so cute, it deserved to win!
nice memories for your DD and the soldier is adorable.
Kathie

Micki said...

You are always so busy, and I just love the peacock...what beautiful colours on the tail!
Micki

Stephanie said...

What an amazing bird. I admire such detail.

Rumi said...

What a fabulous tail on your bird! I did see the lovely quilt at Christine's. What a great team you two make.

abbie said...

wow, just amazing...the bird quilt. I just love it! As a very, very, new quilter, I am very much inspired! I came over from Purl Bee!

Nedra said...

The Bird of Paradise looks like quite the challenge. You are coming along very well already.

Cybele's patch said...

The bird looks spectaculair! Christine's quilt is lovely. (or is it yours again?)

West Michigan Quilter said...

Your bird block is amazing. You must be having lots of fun with this quilt.

Melissa said...

Love the bird! Is is turned applique?

Cardygirl said...

Beautiful bird...just gorgeous! Christine's quilt is a deserving winner...looking forward to seeing your version!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh my goodness, your bird is just amazing! I love the colors!

clare's craftroom said...

What a beautiful bird Lurline , that tail is amazing !

Vivian said...

That bird is as beautiful as any peacock I've ever seen, in life or in fabric. Lovely work, Lurline.

Maree: said...

Lovin your Bird...Great Tail...
cheers

Cathy said...

That tail is simply stunning Lurline! And yours and Christines quilt is beautiful. xo

Deb said...

Lurline your bird is spectacular - and thanks for sharing your technique.

Kim said...

Your applique work is just delightful...this quilt is gonna be a knockout.
Lurline did you ever finish your Orange Crush quilt? I was looking for a picture of it over at Quiltville and didn't see it.

Happy sewing

Dena said...

You've made some wonderful progress on your CWB block. Love the bird. Hope you're getting lots of sewing in.

Beth Karese said...

Lurline, your bird is exquisite! The tail is eye catching, but I also love the fabrics you picked for the body and wing. The change in shape has him (or her?) looking more sophisticated.

I had a question about your CWBQ blocks with stems, do you use the 6mm bias tape maker?

Anonymous said...

The small rocking horse quilt you've posted appears in the book, "Wisconsin Quilts: History in the Stitches," written by Ellen Kort. It appears on page 166. It dates back to 1935-1940 and was part of a WPA Handicraft Project in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Maribeth Schmit
in historic Cedarburg, Wisconsin
NQA Certified Quilt Judge