Sunday, March 30, 2014

Done and Re-Done!

I finished a block this week, re-did one, and started another!  

I will start with the "Done".  I finished the Ostrich Pair block from the Bountiful Life Quilt.  This block was fun and the only changes made were to the ostrich beaks, and those bird feet!  I learned that ostiches only have three toes on each foot.  That made my life easier! LOL
I had the perfect fabric for the eyes!
Now for the "Re-Done".  First I want to thank everyone that commented on what I should do about that one wrinkled grape leaf in this block.  Most comments said to take it off because it would always bother me, and, of course, you were right!  Easier to re-do it now, rather than later.
Before
After



















You can see the leaf looks much better now!  So happy I listened to my wise quilting friends!
Now this next block is going to be a challenge!  Bird of Paradise.  The block after which the original quilt top was named.  Look at that tail - whew!
 I already know I need to make some changes here.  I have no idea what those two pieces are on the right side of the bird... wings? tail feathers?
Here is the assortment of fabrics I have pulled together for this block.  We'll see how it goes!  I think I will be spending part of my rainy Sunday making tail feathers!

Happy Stitching!

Deb

Linking up at Kathy Quilts Slow Sunday Stitching.
Also linking up mid-week at WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced and Let's Be Social at Sew Fresh Quilts.


18 comments:

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

As a person who can barely make a leaf I am in awe....: )

And the tail ....sheesh! It will be fun to watch it all progress : )

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

I just love this quilt every time I see someone working on it.Maybe someday if I get Baltimore Garden finished I will make this my next project. Looking forward to your peacock block completed.

Prima Donna said...

Three toes...who knew? Wonderful creations. Love seeing applique blocks "come to life."

CathieJ said...

Beautiful blocks. I love the fabric you had for the eyes. Perfect.

Jill @ I Rather Quilt said...

Stunning applique. Love the ostriches. Yes, the after grape leaf looks nicer than the before. Sometimes it is not fun to do a redo, but worthwhile. Pretty fabrics.

Quilter Kathy said...

Love those ostriches! Perfect eyes!
The Bird of Paradise doesn't look like it will be easy... can't wait to see what you do!
ENjoy your slow stitching!

Me and My Stitches said...

Your blocks are really beautiful and I just love the fabric you found for the eyes! It couldn't be any more perfect! Good luck with those tail feathers - looks challenging!

Carrie P. said...

very pretty and I like the new fabric you used for the redo on the leaf.

Anonymous said...

Hi there!

I love your appliqué ! Beautiful !

I was looking at those wonky bits on the bird of paradise...I think the bottom one are tail feathers and the top one is a leaf to that plant...

Wanda

Debra said...

Thanks, Deb! I will try to post updates on that tail as I work on it. Thanks for visiting!

Debra said...

This quilt is a lot of fun because of the variety in the blocks. I hope you get to do it some day. Someday I hope to do a Baltimore Album!

Debra said...

I know! I wish they all had three toes - LOL! Thanks for visiting

Debra said...

The ostriches were fun! And yes, I am so glad I went for the redo.. I fretted over it longer than it took to replace! LOL

Debra said...

Thank you for visiting and for the compliments on my blocks. I was happy to have that fabric for the eyes. You start looking at patterns very differently when you need something to look like eyes!

Debra said...

The new leaf is much better! Can't believe I debated on what to do - it was just so easy to replace it. Thanks for stopping by.

Teresa in Music City said...

What beautiful applique you do! I'm following now via Bloglovin because I just can't wait to see what you do with that majestic Bird of Paradise :)

Debra said...

Thanks, Teresa! This block is really interesting and challenging! I will post the progress. Thanks for following.

Jo Ferguson said...

Sometimes there's just no way around unstitching. I'm glad your pleased with it(that's what counts). That "eye" fabric is incredible. I adore the ostrich block and your colour choices for the bird of paradise. Some birds have a thicker set of feathers in the middle of their tail and then the rest of the feathers fan out, to the right and left. Maybe that's what this is. I'm enjoying watching your progression with the appliqué.

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