Friday, May 20, 2016

A Bountiful Life Block One

I have wanted to make the Civil War Bride quilt blocks for quite some time.  I purchased Corliss Searcy's pattern.  And I was blog friends wit Karen Mowery from Sewprimitive Quilter. When she had her book published, "A Bountiful Life", I purchased it also.  It is inspired by the same antique quilt.  Then I could not decide which version of the reproduction quilt patterns I would use.  It put me in a hold mode.  If you are familiar with Karen Mowery, you know that she passed away not long after her book was published.  I have finally made the decision to honor Karen by using the block patterns provided in her book.  Here is block one.  "Bluebell Bouquet".


While working on blocks for the country style album quilt I have had in progress, one of the block designs I stitched is shown below.  It is from a Laurene Sinema pattern I have.  Obviously her source was the same antique quilt.  Here is the block I made from Laurene's pattern.


I am currently working on the second block from Karen's book which is the Missing Groom.  Some tricky parts to stitch but should have it done soon.  My country album is temporarily on hold right now.  I have all the blocks stitched but need to do some drawing for the borders.  I hope to do that very soon.


29 comments:

Lori said...

So sweet to honor Karen by using her patterns. She was very talented.
Love both blocks!!

krislovesfabric said...

Love seeing you tackle this one, I have thought about doing this one in wool...both your blocks are wonderful!

Julierose said...

Ohh now this is really block envy--I have looked and looked at that book and quilt on Amazon so many times--but that applique is waaay beyond my abilities...I love that quilt...
your block is lovely I'll be enjoying your progress (and my own desires vicariously!) on this hugs, Julierose

belarmina said...

Karen precioso bloque,
un cariñoso recuerdo honrar a Karen Mowery !!!!
buen fin de semana

Janet O. said...

You made a good choice. Both of these blocks are just beautiful. I love seeing the difference fabric choices can make. The blocks are obviously from the same design, but the feel of each block is unique.

WoolenSails said...

They are both beautiful blocks and beautiful fabric choices.
I think it is wonderful that you are using her pattern and a special way to honor her memory.

Debbie

Supergoof said...

Oh boy,... this is my ufo,....
sssst,....
Yours is looking great!!
:o)

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

this is going to be a lot of fun to follow as you start your journey! :) Both blocks are beautiful.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

this is going to be a lot of fun to follow as you start your journey! :) Both blocks are beautiful.

The Quilted Finish ph 02 63310084 said...

I always enjoy seeing what you are creating and I'm certain this will be no exception! This will be a beautiful quilt so I look forward to seeing each block as you complete it. Cheers :)

Karen in Breezy Point said...

I think Karen would be thrilled to see your beautiful block. I was lucky to have her follow my journey as I made my version of A Bountiful Life--she was a wonderful cheerleader and is missed terribly. Have fun with your blocks!

Cheri said...

My favorite applique quilt! No matter which pattern, block alterations or fabric choices always recognized as the Bird of Paradise quilt and a favorite at quilt shows. You are going to enjoy every stitch!

Robin said...

I have the Karen Mowry book too. I love that quilt. Both blocks are wonderful. You seem to get things done so quickly. Look forward to the next blocks.

Phyllis said...

I would love to make this quilt one day, I did purchase the book when it came out and was a follower of Karen's blog. Your blocks are beautiful. Looking forward to seeing your next block.

Debra Anger said...

Karen you have so many lovely applique projects on the go and they are done so beautifully lots of gorgeous quilts in progress and wonderful to be able to follow and watch your progress

Dusty Sparkles said...

Oh yes I.LIKE.

I too just recently started this quilt. I started with the bride block though. Hoping her block would help me style the rest of the blocks.

Allie-oops Designs said...

That block is gorgeous - what a great way to honor her.

Browndirtcottage said...

Oops….comment I left above. I typed in some wrong stuff when I was editing my blog and somehow I show up as Dusty Sparkles (that's my blog description). It's me Belinda…from Brown Dirt Cottage.

Kyle said...

Your choices of vintage applique blocks and patterns are always inspiring. It's going to be another wonderful project.

Barb said...

pretty block and the urn fabrics are great - add a lot of interest with the patterns.
Nice to honor your friend.

Wendy Caton Reed said...

They are both stunning. I love seeing the subtle differences. A nice way to honor Karen.

QuiltingU said...

Love your blocks! But they brought a question to mind:
When creating a quilt based on an antique in a museum, must credit and/or profits (in whole or in part) be given to the museum? Must permission be obtained? I am often inspired by vintage quilts and have long pondered this question. Thank you for any information you may have, and for sharing your beautiful blocks!

Karen said...

"Quilting U", you are listed as "no reply" when I received your comment in an e-mail so I cannot answer directly to you. I am not a good person to ask as I have never been involved in publishing a pattern based on an antique quilt in a museum. I do think you have to ask permission. I know that Karen Mowery asked for permission from the museum before proceeding with her book (the one I am using for my block designs). Whether the publisher of her book pays any of the profit to the museum is not something I could answer. There are people who have traced designs from a museum's antique quilt collection and patterns published that the museum sells. Perhaps someone else can answer further. And I hope you have checked back to my blog for my reply.

Jeanna said...

I love both of these blocks, similar design but different fabrics. I am not a civil war kind of gal but I LOVE seeing yours. Like Julierose said, that applique' is also above my skillset. You do amazing work.

Annemieke said...

Beautiful blocks! So dangerous to see you start on the bountiful life quilt!!! I'm in love with this quilt for a long time.....may be I will have to start it now I have seen yur first block;)
Groetjes
Annemieke

Taryn said...

I'm looking forward to seeing your Bountiful Life quilt come to life. I miss Karen and am glad you chose her pattern as an honor to her.

Janet said...

I think this is a fantastic quilt - you will enjoy stitching these blocks! I will enjoy following along :0)

Aunt 'Reen said...

I have admired this quilt for quite a while. Wonderful to see that you are going to recreate it! Both blocks are beautiful, I look forward to following your progress on this quilt! Nice to hear you will chose Karen's version.

Quilt Hollow said...

These will certainly keep you busy and mind occupied. I'm fortunate to have an autographed copy of her book. I miss blog post when she talks of her son Timmy and his antics. I'll be watching your blocks progress...I'm jealous of your talent!