Friday, October 18, 2013

Bird of Paradise blocks done

After a few years, I finally finished 20 blocks for my Bird of Paradise quilt.  I started with the Threadbear pattern but made changes. Five of the blocks are of my own design. I included my DH, my 3 daughters and 1 son.  I'd be elated if these blocks were really completed but...  there is a lot of embroidery to do on them yet and I really don't enjoy embroidery.  I shouldn't have left it all to do at the end.
 I think this is how I want to lay out the blocks - I have played around with them a lot.  I would just love to sew them together and start on the borders but I suspect the embroidery would be even harder to do then. 
My son's block was the last one.  I pondered a long time what to put in his block.  I decided on a fishing rod  after this summer as he enjoyed catching many fish.  My drawing was like this first picture but it turned out too empty and boring.
So I added a couple butterflies.  I hadn't included any in the other blocks but I wanted more color and I thought he would approve of butterflies over flowers  :0)

So, I guess I better go find some floss and an embroidery needle...

15 comments:

Heather said...

Wow, looks great especially the blocks that you designed. Super job!

Mad about Craft said...

Those 2 colourful butterflies make all the diffrence

Maureen said...

Gorgeous! I love that you made some of the blocks your own.

Karen said...

What an accomplishment! And it's not even done yet. What a treasure.

Every Stitch said...

Wonderful work - and I love how you have personalised it for your family! So lovely :)
Hilda

antique quilter said...

the blocks are beautiful and I am thrilled you added your own family to the blocks....the quilt will mean even more to you. Your sons block is wonderful....
Love the butterflies good choice!Kathie

Barb said...

congratulations on finishing your blocks!
Your sons block is just wonderful. The butterflies are a great touch. I love the blue fish.
what a special family quilt you have made with the fabulous antique quilt by making it your own!

Cheri said...

Y E A ! They are all beautiful of coarse! I love the family blocks. Sew them all together and then do the embroidery, it will give you momentum when you have them all together you can put an embroidery hoop on. It won't be too big to work on comfortably.
Well done Janet! :)

Jane in Wales said...

They are beautiful! I love the personal family blocks and the colours! Your embroidery will make them even more stunning! It is going to be a wonderful quilt!

Lori said...

What an amazing quilt and I love how you've personalized it. Just take one block at a time for the embroidery and don't think about "how much" there is to do. Pretty soon, it'll be done!

Dawn said...

Congratulations on such a big milestone! You did such a fantastic job too, way to make it your own!!
Such a pretty set of blocks!

Emma said...

They've turned out so well. Can't wait to see them with the embroidery. :)

Should we add an embroidery support group to the circle quilt support group?

Teresa Rawson said...

OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! No, it is not spam, I just am so overwhelmed by this quilt! I love it so much (I was just over at the Civil War Bride log...). Your blocks with your family and church are so perfect. I know you must be thrilled to make it to this point. I just LOVE IT!

In stitches,
Teresa :o)

Jeanna said...

This is so beautiful I know I'm going to be thinking about it all day. What a treasure, and it is unique with your family blocks. What a gorgeous heirloom!

MARCIE said...

Very clever little block for your son! I love how you have personalized this quilt! You are so talented!