Birds and Butterflies

I was very excited to begin the second side border of the Civil War Bride Quilt!   When I start a border or a block, I never really have a clear picture in my mind of how it is going to look when it is finished.  So I just start prepping pieces in colours that I think will work and audition them.  Sometimes they work, and sometimes they don’t!

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I love the bird….I love the butterflies.  I just don’t love the way they look together.  It  just looks a little blah.  I may change them, but I’ll  wait until I add a few more pieces.  Sometimes things have a way of growing on me once I add more pieces.  I have a sneaking suspicion that because I used black and gray for the bird, the butterflies should be a bit more colorful.

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So….I thought I would leave the butterflies alone for a while and audition some flowers to see if that helped…first a blue one…

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…then a yellow one….

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…and, finally a pink one.

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I still wasn’t happy with the overall feel, so I made some new butterflies.  Now, I love it!

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Til next time….


So Many Options!

I am very close to have all the blocks of Civil War Bride Quilt finished.  Yipee!

This block went together pretty quickly.  As I was working on it, I kept thinking that something was missing.  Like stems, leaves and flowers.  Not a single one in the entire block!

So I started with a bird and a rooster.

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And I added a cat.

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There was something that was nagging at me about the combination of fabrics I was using, so I moved onto the butterflies.  I did a little bit of fussy-cutting for the butterfly wings. I made a few sets of wings so I could audition them.


These butterflies made the final cut.




These ones didn’t.  Although very interesting, all I see is raccoon eyes!


And cat eyes!


So you can see from the finished block, the red calico cat is now black, and the blue bird is red.  It is always good to keep your options open!


Speaking of options, the brochure from The Elly Sienkiewicz Applique Academy is now online!  So many great teachers and awesome classes!  Time to start checking out all the options!

Til next time,