Sunday, October 17, 2010

Second weeks progress on Mary Brown...........................



Just this minute put the last stitch in the center portion of the medallion. Next is the surrounding border of flowers and foliage. I sure struggled with my flowers, removing several completed ones before finding a combination I liked.



I am particularly happy with the leaves! The bird's eye is needle turned, and is 17/64 of an inch, if anyone is curious. The color/fabric plan is to make the top bright, and use clear colors, without making it loud, or garish, and I think I have achieved that. Quite a few of you did express your preference for strictly reproduction fabrics in the remaking of antique quilts, and I have done that in the past, enjoying it very much. Perhaps because I've lately been working with all the Kaffe Collective fabrics on the Roseville Album (see Glorious Applique blog) my eye has adjusted to the point that I wanted to continue using some brighter colors. I think I'm sorta doing the exact opposite of Kathie. She is doing Roseville Album (a comtemporary design by Kim McLean) in all reproduction fabrics, and with lovely results. So I have just reversed the process. I look forward to your comments. Hope your stitching has been a true pleasure this week.
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16 comments:

  1. Wow, just wow I'm speechless. That is so lovely you should be so proud of it. It is so neat. (can I ask what's needle turned?)

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  2. Wow!!!
    Beautiful work!! I really love your fussy cutting in the leaves!
    This is going to be a magnificent quilt! I look forward to watching your progress!
    Truly inspiring!

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  3. The block is beautiful with your choice of fabrics. I have been following several people making the quilt blocks and have not found one I didn't like regardless of the fabrics chosen.

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  4. This is so beautiful! It reminds me of the "tree of life" motif in traditional cross stitch work.

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  5. just beautiful, I have wanted to start but decided I really need to finish one quilt first.
    so Mary Mannakee is my first choice...oh lets see how long I can hold out
    beautiful appliqué, wonderful fabric choices,you need to make the quilt the way you want! what are you using for your background fabric???
    thanks love that color
    Kathie

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  6. oh you should be so proud of yourself your stitching is flawless!

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  7. Magnificent!!!! Love all the colours and your work is perfect! It is gorgeous. Can't wait to see how the rest of the quilt unfolds...
    Elzaan

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  8. OMGosh Michele this block is amazing!!! It looks more like a painting than applique. You, my dear, should be VERY proud!!

    Crispy

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  9. Truly stunning block Michelle, I'm with you on making it your own. The fabric choices, colours and workmanship are out of this world gorgeous!

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  10. FABULOUS!!! Mary Brown, Queen Mother Kerry AND your return from Clamshell Hell. ; ) Glad you're back!

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  11. Oh Michele I think this is the best you have done. Just stunning. Can't wait to see it in
    person. Your leaves are fantastic.
    Gina

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  12. What a beautifuly block. Your leaves are stunning, great job!

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  13. Hi Michele, Wow, Mary Brown is looking fabulous. I too am a repro devotee but checking out the closeups of your bird block I have to say those Kaffe fabrics are perfect for the leaves, absolutely perfect. I'm inspired to add KF fabrics to my own 'repro' quilts now...I love his fabrics but in the past have only used them in big pieces to enjoy the 'whole piece'...not any more, Thanks
    Til soon, M

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  14. very impressive. but, you know how much I know about quilting. from a design and color standpoint, very impressive. you really captured the spacial dimensionality of the design.
    lowell

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  15. I love your color choices. The block is absolutely gorgeous!

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  16. Oh you are really doing a wonderful job, and your blocks are just stunning!
    Micki

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