Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Austin Bluebird Sampler Sections One Through Four

Here is the second big applique block for the "Austin Bluebird Sampler" quilt (designed by Minnick and Simspson).  This block is definitely more work involved than the first applique block.


I completed all the blocks for sections one through four and have them on the design wall.



I am well into section five.  This section is pieced blocks only.  The sections are designed so that at the end of section six, you have half the quilt together from top left to bottom left.  Then the next six sections form the right side of the quilt.  The instructions have been good thus far.  The first bird applique block is still my favorite.

I purchased the quilt in kit form so I have all the fabrics and patterns at once.  There are cutting guides to tell you what size pieces to cut from each fabric so that you can create your own kit sections.  The cuts are generous.  I used a Frixion pen to write on the very edge of each piece the size of the cut and which section it belongs to.  When I get to the instructions for each section, I follow the list and pull out the fabric pieces from the stack that belong to that section.  Having the measurements and section number on each has really helped in keeping things straight.

I think I will do a little embroidery tonight and then finish section five tomorrow.
Karen

33 comments:

Sharon said...

LOVE IT

Dorothy said...

It's all looking wonderful.

Loris said...

Beautiful!

Kyle said...

It definitely is another beautiful quilt designed by Minick and Simpson. Sometimes it's nice to get a kit. Sounds like you've developed a good strategy to keep everything straight so you're not short any fabric.

Allie said...

Really in love with this one - I do love everything they design!

Lori said...

Wow! I am really loving that and you are moving right along with it.

WoolenSails said...

That is a beautiful block and love the fabrics they gave you, it is going to be beautiful.

Debbie

Jennie in GA said...

You will be done with this beauty in a wink! It is looking great.

Janet O. said...

Love those applique blocks. Everything looks so good together--going to be a great quilt!

audrey said...

Sounds like a great method to keep things organized! It's looking fabulous already. Your applique work is always something I very much admire.:)

Julia said...

What a lovely looking quilt Karen - your work is very neat. I particularly like the block in your last post with the 'well known' Pear and Cherry tree!! It's called 'artistic licence I think LOL, and works very well

Julia xx

Carmen y Prady said...

Karen, un trabajo precioso y muy elaborado.
un beso

Barb said...

wonderful block! I love the blue birds. I saw my first one ever here yesterday.
The blue really sparkles in this quilt

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

Oh what a great block and you are making great progress! Love watching this one come together.

sunporchquilts said...

You are fast! I have the kit too, and am still on the first block. You are inspiring me to get busy!

Karen said...

That blue fabric looks gorgeous. This is a different look for you but will be stunning I think.

Nancy said...

Another pretty block.

Karen in Breezy Point said...

You are really coming along with your blocks--it looks beautiful!

belarmina said...

Un bloque precioso!!
los pájaros azueles me gustan y los círculos perfetos
saludos

Debra @ Life is a Stitch said...

Such beautiful work! and you are sewing along so quickly! It's wonderful! Great idea to get the entire kit altogether. You will have it completed for Spring at this rate!

Sue said...

GORGEOUS!

I just fell in love with this quilt when it first came out . You are a lucky girl to be able to make this quilt .

Your blocks are just beautiful !

Flickenstichlerin said...

Dear Karen,
wonderful blocks and what a smart idea with the pen. I tend to make marks too, when I think about it.
Greetings,
Sylvia

em's scrapbag said...

Love that ring of blue birds. What a happy quilt.

Jeanna said...

I love the latest applique block and the process you described. This is going to be a great quilt.

Every Stitch said...

Gorgeous - such lovely colours and charming applique!

Anonymous said...

YUM! Looks great Karen!

paulette said...

STUNNING quilt!!!! This is going to be yet another heirloom!! Love it!
P

Mayleen said...

I think the bluebird wreath block is my favorite so far! Sounds like you're very organized and making great progress.

Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims said...

I love your new quilt, that blue is fabulous! And as always you are on a roll. I like having a kit, it keeps me from getting bogged down in my stash.

Juliann in WA said...

These blocks are beautiful!

Carrie P. said...

beautiful! I was very tempted to by that pattern.

Dawn said...

I love the applique blocks, but the pieced sections really pull it all together. Looks great!!

Carole said...

Doing a bit of catching up! OMG, what a productive quilter you are! The Austin Bluebird is on my list of to do. Your quilt is stunning! Thank you for sharing! Cheers!