Monday, March 26, 2012

LOVE LETTERS BLOCK 3

The third block of "Love Letters" done.
The patterns for the quilt are in a Blackbird Designs book called "When the Cold Wind Blows".  I am doing Alma's version of the quilt.  I like how Barb and Alma each make their own versions of a pattern.  I was attracted to the colors in Alma's version.  Though I am not using all of the same fabrics, some are and others are similar to the originals used.  The blocks are large.  Twenty-eight inches square.  Though the applique pieces are not small, I find it hard to line up everything on the block and get it in place similar to the original.  I get tired of working on the quilt after doing a block, so I have only done three blocks.  I have shown the first two blocks previously on my blog but will add in a picture so you can see what they look like.

I started the project in July of 2010 so I am a bit slow on this project.  Six more blocks to go.  At the rate I am going, it may be another couple years before I finish.

Join me in stitching a while today!
Karen

33 comments:

alda said...

no matter how long you will need to finish this beauty, your blocks are really great!

Janet O. said...

Well, whenever it gets finished, it will be a beauty!!
I love the shades of blue you are using.

Elin said...

The blocks are great! I've got the book, and I want to give it a try some day!

Doniene said...

Lovely work!!! I'm just beginning an applique project, and so enjoy seeing others work! Thanks for sharing. The blocks are wonderful!!

Blessings

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

This is my favorite one so far. Great job!

Colleen said...

Wow those are labor intensive! But they are definitely beautiful. Take your time. It will be there tomorrow :o)

Betweens said...

I understand totally karen but it is great that you can pickup and get going when you can. it looks fantastic!

Robin said...

It is a lovely block Karen. Keep in there, it will eventually get done. I've got an applique project I started in 2004. I've only done 5 of the 12 blocks. I've GOT to get back to that one. . .

audrey said...

I can see why you chose the colors you did, very soft and yet striking. Your blocks are beautiful as usual.:)

Carrie P. said...

those blocks are so big. it will take a while to do them but they are sure looking good.

Libby said...

Beautiful blocks - you get so much accomplished, don't beat yourself up over this one taking a little bit of time.

Karen said...

So pretty - 28" is a big block - how many are there?

paulette said...

I love your Header quilt!! Very SWEET! But it's your 'When the CWDB' blocks that have me breathing heavy!! LOVE THIS QUILT!! I have the book and REALLY want to make this quilt...just need to improve my applique skills first!! Thanks for the inspiration!
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Lori said...

Those are beautiful blocks Karen! Some good quilts cannot be rushed but instead should be savored- that would work for just about every single one of mine! LOL

Diane said...

great blocks, your applique projects are always so lovely- I really like your rabbit header picture as well.
I did spend some time stitching today...but it was quilting my machine not hand and I had a ball.

Darlene said...

These blocks are beautiful!

LeKaQuilt said...

I love how your Love Letters block looks. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

What a so lovely block !!! and a so large one !!!
I love this quilt too and I understand that you choose to follow the pattern. It's really different but I learn with Sue Spargo's pattern to be less perfectionnist when I am applicating on a large block as you do. All the time, I was trying to make the same quilt as the pattern. Now, I am trying to do the best but to do mine ;)
Hope you understand my impoverished english ;)

Lida said...

Hé again a lovely block! Slowly but surely! Greetings
Lida

Aunt 'Reen said...

Gorgeous...!!!! This is such a wonderful pattern, your quilt is going to be stunning.

Nancy said...

Your blocks a lovely. You are a lot further than I am. I bought the book in 2010 and still haven't chosen the fabric.

Kyle said...

Your blocks are wonderful. I love Balckbird Designs. Your bunny header is delightful. It's fun to pull out a cute seasonal quilt and enjoy. Thanks for your inspiration.

Cheryl said...

I love the fabrics you have chosen and I like Alma's version too. You will finish it eventually.

Linda said...

Such gorgeous blocks!!!!!!! I love your new header quilt!!!

Donna said...

Your blocks are just gorgeous!

Lisa said...

Your blocks look great Karen! That is my favorite Blackbird Designs book. I bought up enough fabric to do almost everything in there. I hope mine looks as good as yours. :)

Elzaan said...

That is wonderful. Love the pattern and the fabrics used. Great job!

Heather said...

It looks great. I love Blackbird designs and have made many. I see you are in Florida. My DH is about to start a job in Ocala. Is that near you? Perhaps we could inspire each other to finish!

Dawn said...

LOVE your easter bunny header - fabulous colors.
The Cold Wind blocks are equally pretty. More amazing projects! Thank you for sharing.

Purple Pam said...

Your Love Letters block is beautiful, as are all your blocks.

em's scrapbag said...

As long as you enjoy the process it doesn't matter how long it takes. Beautiful blocks.

LuAnn said...

Beautiful blocks. I love this quilt and most other things done by Blackbird Designs.

Mary said...

Hi Karen, WOWser ....you are one busy lady....love, love your blocks, I only have one done and I love your colors!!! Keep up the beautiful work! They are big blocks but when finished this will be a Beauty!! Hugs, Mary