Wednesday, January 29, 2014
I am new to this blogging thing, so bear with me. My name is Leslie, I live in Bellevue, Nebraska, a suburb of Omaha. I am a long time quilter, and in love with applique. My friend Cheri showed me this quilt and twisted my arm to join her in doing it and going on the blog to post. Needless to say, she didn't twist very hard.
So I collected fabric from my stash, got background, and bought a few more reds and greens. One of the things that most attracted me to the quilt was the center block with some indigo. I decided I wanted more indigo, so I will try and add blues to every block.
I also changed the outer edge of the red on my block, so it was a little more interesting. And, like Cheri, I fussy cut my buds. Here is my completed block. Now lets see if I can add the photos. Fingers crossed.
I haven't completed my Block 1 yet but I did manage to throw together a button for us all to put on our individual blogs that will link back here to the BB blog.
I'm having trouble getting the Grab my Button code to show up on my blog so sharing it here so you can start using it on your blog. This is what it looks like:
Benjamin Biggs Wedding Quilt Button Picture (no need to copy this):
Of course it's not that big -- I have it sized to 150 x 150 as are most Blog Buttons -- I hope you like it!
Benjamin Biggs Wedding Quilt Blog Button Code:
<center><a href="http://benjaminbiggs.blogspot.com/" title="Ben Biggs Blog"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7296/11934970433_321fa0f70d_o.jpg" width="150" height="150" alt="BB_Button_Rev2_150Sq" /></a></center>
If you have a Blogger Blog -- just Add an HTML Gadget and paste this content into the HTML code area and (if I have my settings right on sharing the image) it should magically appear for you (fingers crossed).
Let me know how that goes ok ?
Also, for those that haven't seen it I made a modified version of block one so it is a little less chunky -- here it is below - if you're still interested in it let me know and I'll send you the PDF directly - just leave a comment with your email. It is also available in the Yahoo Group and in the Facebook Group but I plan to take it down at end of month when the Block 2 gets published (to play fair with the Just Takes 2 team).
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
I hope to keep up on this long journey to a finished quilt.
My name is Kerry, I'm from Melbourne Australia, and I've been enjoying quilting for many years.
Here is my first block which I really enjoyed stitching.
I'm stitching this entirely out of my stash, except for the background fabric.
I've really loved looking at the other pics of finished blocks, looking forward to continuing to enjoy everyone's stitching.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Here's my block 1:
Can't wait for February- Jo :)
Saturday, January 25, 2014
This will allow viewers to go to the list of posters, click on your name and see all your posts OR they can click on a block number and see all the versions that are on here. I've gone in and added labels for a few of you, please use the same format for every label so you don't get duplicated on the list.
Hope you have time for a stitch or two this weekend! I'm planning on some time tonight.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Monday, January 20, 2014
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Although I LOVE traditional red & green quilts, I decided to make this as an anniversary quilt using colors that my husband is most fond of. I'm using reproduction fabrics in shades of purple, gray, tan and olive greens.
My applique method of choice for this quilt project is hand applique'. Doreen L.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
I am almost finished stitching on the first block and have already started rethinking my fabric choices.
Not that I don’t like them but I am already working on the Chester Criswell quilt which is a two year project and it’s all red and green. I am using darker reds and a different green so I thought it would look different but it seems to look so much the same. Are there any other colors in this quilt.
Maybe a darker background would help. What do you all think?
Friday, January 17, 2014
....joining in with each of you. So enjoyed working my way through the Cherry Tree quilt which I am presently hand quilting.
I love seeing all of your choices in fabrics - from the classic red and green to the warm cheddars. Since my Beyond the Cherry Tree was done in multiple reds and greens, my choice for this quilt has a different approach. The red floral you see is a Moda - 3 Sisters - Portobello Market. Found yardage a few years ago and it has been waiting...before I washed it, the finish had a sheen to it like chintz. Was disappointed when it disappeared but still love the color and print. The only other fabrics will be the blue and maybe a touch of the cinnamon now and then. The background is a light caramel.
I wish each of you happy stitching and look forward to sharing our journey together..now I need to catch up with everyone and return to working on Block 1...
Pat in snow covered northern Wisconsin
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Thanks to Brenda and Gay for offering this block of the month for us. It is very pretty, and thank you Sharon for setting up this blog. It will be so much fun to see everyone's progress.
Friday, January 10, 2014
The quilt is a stunner isn't it ? - so full of vintage charm and character and I especially love the gorgeous swag border!
I'm not sure whether to call this "Block 1" or "Block A-1" but have used the "Block 1" label for now.
So here is the completed block.
|Pattern printed and fabrics selected|
|Tracing the design onto my background - using light box underneath|
|Starting with the large piece of applique|
Thursday, January 9, 2014
First of all I would just like to send out a HUGE thank you to Gay and Brenda for bringing Benjamen Biggs to us. It is very generous of you both to provide these patterns. I am enjoying all the additional information on each block, the quilt, and the Benjamin Biggs family.
My favorite quilts are appliqué and 19th century albums so it was not a hard decision to start this quilt. I like red and green appliqué but I have decided to do my Benjamin Biggs in cheddar and olive green fabrics and have gathered a good stack of these to start.
It is a lot of fun to share this quilting journey on a blog and I look forward to the great ideas and inspiration to come.
Happy Stitching All,
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
|Here's where I'm at so far:|
Sunday, January 5, 2014
I am excited to get started on this BOM, but as I have since discovered, I was one of many who were not really all that keen on the design of the first block. I decided to search for some other images of the Apple Pie Ridge Star block and found many that I really liked, most notably this one at Quaker Quilts.
You can read more details on my Ah-Ha! moment on my blog.
I am very happy with the center section.
If I were to do it over, I would do a double scroll (in place of the scroll and ball) and make the star points more symmetrical.
Hopefully you'll read this before you do yours. Make your block something you love.
I also have a post on the details of the Back Basting Applique technique that I used if you are interested.
Saturday, January 4, 2014
Friday, January 3, 2014
If you want to join this blog, I need your email. When you post a comment and are a no reply blogger, I cannot contact you. This will be my last call for this issue. Please see previous post and head over to Humble Quilts to see how to adjust this setting. There are a few of you, so please repost after you have updated your settings.
Thursday, January 2, 2014
I look forward to seeing everyone's blocks!
The first block has been posted here at the Dear Jane website. Several people have emailed me asking to join this blog but they are No Reply bloggers. Sorry, I cannot get back to you if your email comes to me without a return address. If you are having issues with this, please go to Humble Quilts and see her button on the right side of her blog. Here you will find help on the No Reply issue. You will also see her first B. Biggs block, and its fabulous! Maybe she'll post it here? hint, hint!