As yet, I have not decided if I will continue with a new free block programme for next year. So far, nothing has really taken my interest, but I will keep thinking on it. I have been trying (as always!) to get a few things finished, but keep getting side tracked by thing that inspire me.
You know the Civil War Brides quilt? I saw a photo of some blocks made with a dark background, and using Kaffe Fasset type prints. The blocks were made by Patty Harrants
I have tried to contact Patty to let her know that I have been overwhelmed with how beautiful her blocks are, and that I intend to make similar ones. So far, I have not heard back, but I will show you photos of mine so far. I have done mine with hand needle-turn applique, and Patty made hers with machine applique. I am totally sucked in with these blocks now. I am using the book "A Bountiful
Life"by Karen Mowrey. I have had the book for ages, but never intended to make the quilt....until now!
Anyway, these are a couple of my blocks. So far I have made 2, and part finished another one, and have one drawn up to go next.
You probably know that I use Back Basting for my applique, and people ask me how I cope with a dark background like this one. I say "use a light box" as you will be surprised at what you can see through it. I am also using a white gel pen to draw the design on the fabrics. It stays there, does not rub out, and does not damage your fabrics. Not the "iron out"kind as I want it to stay for the duration. I use the type you buy at the stationary shops. They are only a couple of $'s.
I hope some of you might join me in this new project.