QUILT INFO

This is the first block from the pattern "The Milkmaid's Album" which was designed by Betty Alderman. Out of print pattern.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Beyond the Cherry Tree Update

It has been a while since I completed a quilt block from the "Beyond the Cherry Tree" pattern set.  This month I have done two blocks and it feels good getting back into the groove.


The grapes took a chunk of time prepping so many circles of different sizes.  I assigned an alpha letter to each of the circle sizes needed and marked the paper pattern with the appropriate letters.  I cut the circles out of note card stock and marked each one with the alpha letter before gathering fabric round each one.  I stored them in separate envelopes by size.  I also marked each circle on my background fabric with an alpha letter.  I used one of the blue wash out pens but since I had prepped the background a couple months ago, the blue marks had faded somewhat.  I had to use the paper pattern as guidance when I could not read what was marked on the background.  I breathed a sigh of relief when the last grape was stitched and the embroidery done.


This block was oh so easy to do!

The patterns were free at one time as a block of the month but can still be purchased from Sentimental Stitches.  Watch for one of her discount sales.

Thanks for pausing for a look today.
Karen

32 comments:

sunny said...

Wow! I was going to ask how you made your little grapes, but I see you already answered my question. I have finally started doing some hand applique, and I'm in love!! Who knew how much I would enjoy it. Not sure I'm ready for your little grapes yet, but I'll get there eventually.

Kurt Schindler said...


Congratulations on finishing those grapes. Had to be a labor of love.

Charlotte

Loris said...

Beautiful work, Karen. You certainly inspire!

Aunt 'Reen said...

2 very beautiful blocks Karen!
I've always admired this quilt pattern. I'm certain your finish will be gorgeous!

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Beautiful! I hope you did the grapes first so you could really enjoy the flowers!

Marsha said...

Wow, both blocks are beautiful! Congratulations on sticking with getting all those grapes done. You organized the project very well and the finished block is worth the work. The second does look easier and it is very pretty, too. Enjoy your applique!

Sharon said...

I love this block. I remember getting one whole cluster stitched down while waiting for a doctors appointment. Keep at it, this is a fantastic quilt!

Colleen said...

Lovely! And WOW that is a hard block to do with all those circles! You did so well :o)

Randy D. said...

Holy Moly... All those circles!! You did a great job!!! LOVE that block!
And just love that quilt. Might be tempted to buy the pattern when they put it on sale!!

julieQ said...

Your work brings me joy!

Cheri said...

Very pretty, I still really like this quilt pattern. The grapes were well worth the effort!

Chris said...

There are approximately 28 grapes per cluster for a total of about 11200 . . . I mean 112 tiny grapes. I have been working on mine in fits and starts and have it in my babysitting kit for tonight.
Yours are gorgeous and you have the embroidery done also!!!!

Pam said...

Very nice! I just especially love the grapes! Nice purples.

Janet O. said...

You deserved a nice, easy block after those mind-boggling grapes!!

em's scrapbag said...

All that work paid off. The block is wonderful. Glad you got to do an easy one too.

Robin said...

What a beautiful grape block. I admire your perseverance. It's so worth it to do these tedious blocks but you feel like you've run a race by the time you are through.

Jeanna said...

Beyond the Cherry Tree block is so detailed. You went about the process very organized which makes complete sense. It turned out beautifully.

Lee Prairie Designs said...

WOW!!! You are such an inspiration!!! I admire all your lovely applique work, Karen.

Hug's, Carolyn

Connie W-H said...

One of my quilt friends made this quilt too. Lots of work!

Rebecca in AK said...

Soooooo many little circles to make those beautiful grapes! You did an excellent job. I really like how you organized them for stitching. Yes, you earned an easier block after that one. I have considered this pattern, but have purchased the Caswell one, so will attempt that one first. I always admire your work!

Kyle said...

Those are definitely grooving grapes. Your block looks fantastic

Lori said...

I remember that grape block! I admire you hand appliqueing them all!

Jocelyn Thurston said...

Thanks so much for sharing your process. I'm very interested in learning how quilters make decisions, hoping it will help me in my dithering. Your Shenandoah is beautiful.

Jennie in GA said...

My eyes are crossed just thinking of stitching that gorgeous grape block! Congratulations on finishing it. The funny thing is, as lovely as it is, I prefer the simplicity of the other Block.

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

You did a perfect job on the grapes. I guess the more we do the faster they go (LOL). Very pretty block and marking things on a copy of the background and the freezer paper for each piece helps me and your procedure is a great idea.

Susan said...

Those look great! It's on my list of things to work on later this year. I hope mine look as good when I do them!

Janet said...

Really like the grape block. I think circles (grapes) add so much to a block. T

belarmina said...

Karen que preciosos bloques!
¡¡¡las uvas son maravillosas !!!
gracias por compartir tu trabajo,
solo falte dos días de mi casa y cuantas cosas bonitas en tu blog

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

It is lovely and you are a saint of persistence and perseverance in regards to all of those little circles :)

Julia said...

Beyond the Cherry Tree block is gorgeous, that's a lot of grapes to applique..

Little Penpen said...

Wow! On those amazing grapes!!!

Allie-oops Designs said...

That's the smart way to do it - otherwise you'd have a nightmare trying to keep all those circles straight!! Very pretty and I love the second one too.