Friday, July 31, 2015

A new start - Antique Wedding Sampler

Time to take a bit of a break from the longarm quilting. While it is great to get some quilts finished, too many days on my feet and my knee started acting up. And then after a three day weekend babysitting the grandchildren, I was feeling a need to play with my fabric. I have been considering making the Antique Wedding Sampler quilt from Di Ford's book Primarily Patchwork in shades of blue and white for about a year. After seeing the beautiful red and white Civil War Bride quilt on the blog Every Stitch I was inspired again and decided to just jump in. For awhile I had considered using these fabric to make Oma's Blues by Esther Aliu, and still hope to make that quilt one day, but decided that I really wanted to give the AWS a go. I decided to make the blocks in the order they appear in the pattern, possibly not the best choice as the first block proved to be a bit of a challenge. This one is hand pieced and hand appliqued. I especially love the Broderie Perse in the corners, so fun finding the perfect fabric in my stash.

Block 2 was much easier. I machine pieced the large star and then did EPP for the little star in the center. It actually should have 8 points instead of 6 but since I already had the papers for the 6 pointed star I went for it. A little fussy cutting really brings the star to life.

Block 3 is a pretty simple block. Mostly machine pieced except for the circular star in the center which is hand pieced and then appliqued onto the center square. So hard to remember that these blocks will be set on point but so important when you are fussy cutting!

And finally a picture of these and a few more unfinished blocks on the design wall. These are more true in color. I love how the blues are playing together so far. Using such a restrained color palette is quite challenging for me. I am still working on value issues but as always, I am learning as I go.

I have been hoarding most of these fabrics for about 7 years so it is fun finally using them. If you are familiar with the pattern then you know there is lots more Broderie Perse to come - I can't wait!

 

16 comments:

Oops-Lah said...

Blue and white, always a winner, at least in my eyes.

Julierose said...

this is going to be just stunning--love the blues...hugs, Julierose

Kyle said...

When you decide to jump into something new you really do. Your blue and white pallet is beautiful and timeless. Your hoarded fabrics are perfect for this quilt. I can tell you're having fun by how many blocks you have done already. Fantastic!

Celia in England said...

This is looking absolutely beautiful, your blue and white fabrics look so pretty and fresh- what a lovely choice! Celia in England

Debra said...

Beautiful blocks! Love the blue and white. I also have been inspired by those red and white CWB blocks on Every Stitch. I feel a red and white applique quilt in my future! :-) But now maybe I am thinking blue and white..... LOL

Flickenstichlerin said...

Wonderful start Heather,
the blocks look just great with your applique and color/fabric choice.
Greetings,
Sylvia

Chris said...

The blue and white AWS look so lovely. I have block 1 started. Looking forward to seeing your progress.

Janet said...

What a gorgeous new project! It is going to be fabulous in blue and white!! Your blocks look lovely so far.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

These are exquisite! :)

gretchenscorner said...

Beautiful!!! I love blues and this is going to be gorgeous. I'm going to really enjoy following your journey.

Mary Burns said...

Love your blocks. Beautiful work hugs mary

Every Stitch said...

So exciting to see you try the limited palette - and this is a great project for it! It is challenging but you are making such pretty blocks, and isn't it nice to explore our hoarded fabrics?!

Karen H said...

Beautiful - I am loving the monochromatic colour scheme. Between you, Hilda of Every Stitch and Carole of Wheels on the Warrandyte Bus I am really tempted to make this quilt! I've got the book and heaven knows I've got more than enough fabric!

Carole~Wheels on the Warrandyte Bus said...

Oh wow! Your blue and white version is stunning, those five blocks seem to have come together very quickly. This going to be fun to follow.

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

Oh this is going to be so lovely!

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

Absolutely beautiful quilt in the making. I can hardly wait to see the finished quilt. Another one on my bucket list!
Beautiful work