Saturday, 18 January 2014

Getting Creative


For the Chester County Criswell Quilt I wasn't a big fan of the original lyre block #11 (sorry Sharon!)
Block #11 - Jane Criswell
 Whilst travelling through Pinterest this block caught my eye...


I really liked this design and it was from a wedding quilt made in 1847, relatively close in time to the CCCQ so I decided to try and reproduce it.


I now have a new found respect for appliqué and quilt designers as I found it quite challenging to draw. Being able to draw anything is a skill I haven't attempted for years.
After sketching it out I traced over it with a black pen.


I then traced out the lyre onto freezer paper and then ironed this to the right side of the fabric, making sure to utilise the stripes in the fabric for the strings (I copied that good idea form Sharon).


I prepared the stems and base separately and chose fabric for the leaves.


I was really happy with the result and I think it will fit in well with the rest of the quilt. I really enjoyed this whole process and appliquéing around shapes and lines I had drawn myself - might have to try more of this!


I'm linking up to Sharon's post this week of CCCQ photos, I'm so glad they could be of 'anything' :)

So glad this week's heatwave is over - it has been a shocker. Number 1 son informed me that Melbourne was the hottest place in the world the other morning! There are still some bushfires of concern in Victoria and South Australia - please keep safe.

17 comments:

  1. Love your free styling Carole.....could this be the beginning of a new passion?

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  2. It's beautiful Carole. Love it.

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  3. I like it too, especially the little heart at the base!

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  4. I like your lyre design very much and admire your skill, beautiful work!

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  5. Oh I like this one so much more than the original. Maybe I will have to make an attempt at changing mine although I have already made two of the original. I never thought about changing the blocks but some of the ladies making the Benjamin Biggs quilt have already changed the first block.

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  6. I like your block better than the original. Sometimes I do that too when using a pattern, I might like most of it but sometimes one or two blocks just aren't me

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  7. wonderful Carole! I love your fabrics

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  8. Beautiful work and fabric !

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  9. I like it. Your fussy cut fabrics have added to the design and it fits the rest of the blocks well. I've started on my own designs now; it's hard at first, but then the ideas start to gel. I can see CCCQ 2.0 as a group effort!

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  10. You did a wonderful job of re-designing the block. Not an easy one to draw for sure.

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  11. I've just got back from time away at a quilting summer school and am catching up on blogs - so inspiring to find you have been doing such wonderful work! Love the new version - so much better!! you have a real talent Carole and thanks for the pics showing the process - hope you will indeed 'try more of this'.
    Hilda x

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  12. So lovely! :)
    Greetings from Finland!
    Hugs, Ulla

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  13. It is so elegant, and I love the strings.

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  14. WOW! what a great job you did at creating the block. I really like it and how you did the leaves in alternating colors. Perfect!

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  15. Great blocks Carole! You did a great job on those lovely stars, and of course the Crisswell block is beautiful also! Nice job and thanks for sharing!

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