I'm nearly finished with the third Botanika block. Here's a picture showing my last back basting pieces.
Monday, May 19, 2014
I'm beginning my third Botanika block and traced out the pattern this afternoon. I also picked out my fabrics which wasn't hard as I have everything stored in a tote so all the work of choosing fabrics has been done.
I've already finished the first 2 blocks which I did awhile back. These are huge blocks, about 18" square but very simple designs which I'm ready for after Civil War Bride.
Here are some pictures. The first is of today's prep work which you can hardly see in the photo, and the other two are my first 2 blocks.
Friday, May 16, 2014
As I put away my washed and pressed Civil War Bride quilt top, I was thinking how anti-climatic it was. There was no celebration, no fanfare, just a great relief that I was finally finished. I was hoping that washing it would remove the discoloration on one of the blocks that I think is a fabric flaw but it's still there and I decided that it's not so bad. Quilting will cover it. Considering it's my first completed hand applique top and the first time I ever tried hand applique, I'm very proud of it.
I started the quilt in August 2010 right before our big move to the new house. That was a tough year for us and planning my Civil War Bride quilt proved to be very good therapy. As I worked block by block, my applique skills improved and I could look at each finished block with a growing pride that I had done it! I had joined a long line of women who, for centuries, hand appliqued the stories of their lives on pieces of fabric. I marveled at how lucky women of today are because we have the resources to see these old quilts and reproduce them into our own pieces of art.
My Civil War Bride didn't turn out like I had originally planned. I was going to make all 20 blocks but stopped at 12. And I added a border that wasn't in the original design. It doesn't look like some of the spectacular Civil War Bride quilts that I've seen but it was the best I could do at the time and better than not finishing it at all. I bought it as a block of the month kit and learned that I will never do that again. It's too hard as a back baster to make someone else's cut fabric match my patterns. And I didn't have a choice with the background fabric and wouldn't have chosen that color for my own quilt. The only reason I did the block of the month kit was at that time it was hard to get the pattern if you didn't join a block of the month program.
I've often thought of making another Civil War Bride quilt and I might someday but right now I have several other patterns I've started that I want to finish and it will be years down the road if and when I'm ready to tackle another Civil War Bride quilt.
I still need to take pictures of the finished top and when I do, I'll post them here.
Now, on to other projects!