Monday, February 2, 2015

Only one more to go!

Way back in 2011 this was a free BOM by Erin Russek at Onepieceatatime.  My quilt was started in January 2012.  Three years and I'm still plucking away a little by little.  This weekend the last of the 12 monthly blocks was finished!  Yeah!


 I know what you thinking, it could be those PURPLE birds that's been holding me back.  For those of you that are new to my blog, I've a fairly strong dislike of purple.  But my number rule in quilting is to work out of the comfort zone.   This quilt has been a challenge in more ways than just color.  I chose to stay with the colors in the pattern because the brights just say HELLO.   And the hand applique was enough of a challenge that I didn't want to throw in picking my own colors and fabrics.  


Even with my dislike of purple I love every expressive Distelfink.


I still need to decided what to do about eyes....do you think they NEED eyes or can they be blind birds?


I've also made a couple of changes to the original quilt pattern.  The first change was a in one block design.  The picture of the block came out blurry  so I'll just show the close up of this block, I love the orange in this one.  But if your really curious take a look at the first picture in this post.  Its the third block down from the top on the far left.  It had a huge heart at the bottom of the block that I felt look out of place with the rest of the blocks, so I change it to flowers.


And the second change would be to the block setting.  I'm tossing around a couple ideas that you can see here.


Once more I'll try to get the large center applique block at least glue basted before cleaning up this mess.  Wish me luck!  This is my third time working on this block.  


I'm linking up with a new linky party today.  I'd like to encourage you to hop over and check it out and link up!  
I'll also be linking with Slow stitching Sunday, and
Design Wall Monday, you can find the links to both of these in the sidebar.
Let's add another Esther's Blog for WIP's Wednesday also found in my sidebar. 
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21 comments:

  1. Gorgeous blocks. I don't like purple either but I love your blocks. This is a fabulous quilt!

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  2. These blocks sure put a smile on my face. They are so fun and happy. Your applique is beautiful. It is going to be a gorgeous quilt.

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  3. You are doing a great job. It is going to be a stunning quilt when it is finished!

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  4. Your blocks have turned out beautifully. The effort is worth it. I think French knots would make cute eyes.

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  5. Congratulations on nearing the end. This quilt always makes me smile. I saved the patterns, purchased two half metre cuts of which one has now been used in a doll quilt and that is it. Maybe I should print the patterns as that would be a step forward, lol.

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  6. I think the bird looks fine the way it is, however if you really want eyes then you can do either a french knot or use a seed bead. I feel the same way about orange as you do about purple but have been working against my prejudice also.

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  7. The colors all work together so well, even the purple birds! ;) I enjoy seeing appliqué work and your blocks are so pretty! One day I hope to try my hand at appliqué. Thank you for linking up to MCM!

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  8. Lovely! You do beautiful work!

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  9. Truly beautiful applique, but as I look at it, I think you have the patience of a saint! Not I, said the little bird.

    Keep at it!

    Julie @ Pink Doxies

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  10. Oh my goodness... such gorgeous blocks! I vote for birds with eyes :)
    And if they're female birds, they need eyelashes LOL!!
    Great job!

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  11. What beautiful work!!!! Congratulations on finishing the blocks and I look forward to seeing the nest step! Oops, must have been a Freudian slip ?!?!

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  12. Maybe black beads for the eyes? Love that you are finishing this in spite of it not being your favorite color. I admire your stick-to-it-ness! Such happy, bright colors!

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  13. Another one that I've really loved watching come together. Even with the purple, they are gorgeous! :) And yes, they need eyes. :P

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  14. It's gorgeous! I have that pattern too from that I saved from Erin's blog too. I may not make the entire quilt, but I might make a few blocks one day. French knots or beads could work for eyes.

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  15. Gosh that's amazing. I can't imagine how you get so much done. Maybe I'm just slow with hand applique.

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  16. The blocks are truly beautiful! I love your colours!

    -Soma

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  17. Stunning blocks! Have you thought of small buttons for the eyes or maybe beads.

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  18. Oh I love these blocks especially those sweet sweet doves. Love the colours and the fabrics ohhh if only I had more time LOL. Cheers Glenda

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  19. Gorgeous blocks. You've managed to make a lot of progress. Hope you can finish up the big block and be ready to move on with this UFO.

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