September 19, 2009

Bird Backyard # 4/20 Completed

Finally I have something to show for after two weeks of hand appliqué. I did get sidetracked just a little in those two weeks. Apart from quilting, I make handmade books and journals (please visit my papers blog), so it is only natural that I make a journal for CWBQ. I am hoping that keeping the journal will keep me interested long enough until I complete it. I do hope that this quilt will be an heirloom one day...!

Completed block # 4/20. I really enjoyed working on this block. The block represents the ornamental vines we have in our backyard. The new shoots are budding right at this moment. I managed to take this picture hanging the block from the vine itself. I don't own many mauve fabrics so I just used one fabric and turned some in reverse for the grapes. I am happy with how they look. What I might do later is to add some embroidery on the leaves.

Here is the journal I made. I used some of the motifs from the pattern for the cover of the journal. I have used all these fabrics for the blocks and I really like them, specially the red for the cherries. I will definitely use it again for cherries on other blocks.

The actual journal was spiral bound together with blank pages. I used the image from our CWBQ blog for the title page. There is my name, date and place started.

I have printed out the templates for each block with pictures and spaces for me to fill in the date started, finished, and block number and method used. I also keep samples of fabrics used in each block. There is plastic sleeve in front of the fabric samples to store the freezer paper templates.

Instead of writing everything all over again, I printed the posts from the blog and pasted them for each block I finished. I hope I have given you some thoughts about keeping a journal for your quilts, or at least keeping everything together to help the future generation of quilt historians!!!

Please visi: Civil War Bride Quilt Blog


Lurline said...

Another wonderful block, Natima! A journal is a great idea - you will be so happy you have it! I'm always jumping onto other things and have never kept records of my quilts and sometimes I feel really sorry about that!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Nat...this is simply beautiful...and what a fabulous idea tokeep a journal of it all!!! And your new background just popped up too...very very nice!!!

antique quilter said...

beautiful block and I love the idea of making a journal to go with the quilt
your so creative

susis quilts said...

dear natima,thanks for your comment on nmy blog,i was a little concernd,because karen said i should slow down,otherwise i make the other ones look bad,and i don`t wanted to do so,have a nice day,susi

Granny Lyn said...

How wonderful, you will be sooo glad you kept a journal when the whole CWBQ is done! we should do this for all of our quilts, to pass down. I love all of your blocks, and the bird and grapes are no exception! what a good idea to turn the fabric to vary the colors!

Anonymous said...

Lovely block Natima, and the photo is excellent.
The journal is such a super idea, I might just be temped to make one for myself to record the shabby rose quilt I am making. hugs xxx

Anonymous said...

Love it.. you are very talented.

Terry said...

Wow a book as well as a great quilt block. Also a new look site. Have a good day Terry

Anonymous said...

I posted on the main site for your block but wanted to say again Marvelous work Natima!! I'm cheering you on till the end with this one!

Anonymous said...

Lovely work Natima, both the block and journal.
I'm enjoying your progress with this CWBQ and look forward to the next block.

Lots of love

blushing rose said...

Natima ~ I love your wonderful ideas. Your blocks are so pretty.

Have a wonderful week. TTFN ~Marydon

Micki said...

Another wonderful block...I think that that journal is a lovely idea!

Holly said...

Hello - I just love the idea of the Civil War Bride Quilt journal. My parents were huge Civil War buffs and we took many family vacations touring the historic homes of Virginia, South Carolina and PA. We even went to re-enactments and had to memorize the Gettysburg Address when we were teens. Anyway, thanks for bringing back all those memories.

BTW, I found your blog through the BlogFrog network and wanted to say welcome! So nice to discover your blog.

Holly (co-founder TheBlogFrog)

Anonymous said...


This block is absolutely breathtaking! I can't wait to get started with mine. I am still waiting for my muslin to arrive! I am really really inspired by your progress.

And that journal is such a lovely idea. I think I shall think of a way to document my work as well. Thanks for the great idea.

Have a great day!


Cathy @ CabbageQuilts said...

I love your journal idea Natima, how wonderful to be able to look at that in the future. Your block is looking wonderful xo

Simone de Klerk said...

What a lovely journal and such a great idea to put everything inside for the great Civil War Quilt you are making. Lovely appliqué!

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