Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A large UFO project

Recently, an online friend and I were discussing a couple of book series that we both enjoy. Barbara was talking about the Elm Creek Quilts novels by Jennifer Chiaverini which I have been reading since the series started. Back in 2005, Jennifer Chiaverini started putting the blocks on her website for the quilt in her novel "The Master Quilter". I started working on the blocks for Sylvia's Bridal Sampler as they came out but ended up having to work on other things for my quilt group and this moved to my UFO pile after the third row.

I promised Barbara I would show her my SBS quilt so I could not resist starting it back up once again. Here is the quilt up to now along with a few detail photos...




I am using an old fashioned background of cream calico print with a mixture of autumn tones for the blocks. My border will be a floral print which you can barely see peeking out by the background fabric in my box...

The blocks completed for row D of the quilt are...

Milky Way...

Orange Peel...

And completed today, Boy's Nonsense...

It has been a good thing that Barbara and I talked about this as I now have been sparked to start working on it once again. Almost 4 years of sitting dormant is just too long.

26 comments:

Nancy said...

I like the block orange peel. They are all really cute. This is not the usual for you at all. So many different blocks. It will be neat to see the borders you use.
I don't know if I read that book. I read some of them and then didn't like the fact they kept going back in time, remember?
Love you, Mom

Fran├žoise said...

Woua!!!!!!!!!!!
superbe!!
hugs
fran├žoise

Elly said...

The blocks are very lovely and remember me to the sampler I made with you. I tought I read all the books of that serie but didn't read this one. Was it new last year?
Hugs and groetjes
Elly

Hi, I'm Barbara from Missouri and.... said...

Heidi, this quilt is beautiful. I'm so glad you are working on it again. Oh to be able to quilt like you do! I just love all the blocks.

Hugs,
Barbara

MarianneD said...

Goed Heid,dat je hem weer opgepakt hebt!Ik ben er ook mee bezig zoals je weet,het zijn prachtige blokken,veel succes ermee!

Saskia said...

Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday dear Heidi, Happy birthday to you!
Have a wonderful day!!
Big hugs

ps. I still have some blocks of the Silvia Bridal Sampler, maybe I make a little quilt out of it.

diane said...

I love it all. The fabrics are many and all gorgeous!! It looks like a very involved piece of work and will be such an heirloom when you are done!!

Sonja said...

Kan me niet herinneren deze quilt al eerder bij jou gezien te hebben. Goed dat je de draad weer oppakt aan deze UFO. Ga je door tot rij Z? LOL.
Ik heb zin aan morgen! Doeg.

mainely stitching said...

Oh my gosh, that is such gorgeous quilting that it just leaves me speechless!

Susan in SC said...

How pretty! You are so talented! I know you feel good in getting started again!

Meredith said...

What fun. All I can saw is wow. I love the 4 basket block. Your fabric choices are great. I started dear Jane blocks and then turned it into a wall hanging. Whatever works. :)

Ginny said...

Wow! What a lot of work you've already put into your quilt! It's absolutely wonderful.

Carolien said...

Happy birthday, Heidi!!! I hope you will have a very good New Year, turning into 6 :) without too many health problems. I hope you will have a great day.

Your SBS is great. I love the fabrics you use. I hope you can make many, many blocks now, because the final result must be stunning!

Bye & hug, Carolien

Letty said...

Your SBS-blocks look wonderful!!
And .... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Heidi!!

Proverbs 31 said...

Heidi i started this a long time ago yet another WIP got nowhere as far as you it looks lovley! Marie x

Elizabethd said...

That is absolutely lovely. I like the muted colours so much, Heidi.

Tam said...

Gorgeous, you are so talented! I too enjoy Jennifer's books.

yellowfarmhouse said...

WOW WOW WOW - that is a stunning piece of quilt blocks and your fabric choices are perfect. What a fun thing to have and pick away a block at a time.

Hugs - karen

Lynne said...

It's great to be re-inspired. Love the blocks, so neat.

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Love to get that shot of new inspiration, Heidi! Your blocks so far are just beautiful. I think you won't have any problem at all finishing it now.
Hugs, Deb

Tracy said...

Splendid project, Heidi! Love the block...and all those soft shades of colors...Happy birthday belated, my friend! :o) And Happy Valentine's Day! Hubby & I tend to celebrate quietly too. And as it is soooo cold here, we're not venturing out--LOL! We'll make a special dinner, a little wine, a film...After a busy week time together is a great gift. :o) ((HUGS))

Pondside said...

Going back to work on a project that was set aside is like picking up again with an old friend. It doesn't take any time at all to pick up where you left off and get back into the swing of things.
How did I miss your birthday??? A belated Happy Birthday to you, Heidi - I hope that this year brings better health, happiness at least equal to what you and your husband now have.........and lots of satisfying needlework!

DonnaTN said...

It is beautiful. I love the colors. Sometimes a project that has been put away for a while looks even better when you pull it out. And the urge to work on it is just as strong as when you started.

Rhonda in OK said...

Heidi,
that is just gorgeous! I hope you are able to finish it soon.

I don't have those colors in my home but I am always drawn to them when I see them in quilts or in Country Living - maybe that means I should use those colors more.

have fun stitching!

Anne Ida said...

Oh, this is going to be a gorgeous version of the SBS! I love the colours you have chosen, and that background fabric is wonderful! Hope you will keep us updated on your progress, I will keep an eye on your blog and look forward to seeing it finished :o)

Brigitte said...

OMG, what shall I say. This is quite simply beautiful. So beautiful. Whenever I see your quiltmaking I get the idea to dump all my cross stitching for a while and settle on quiltmaking instead. One day I will ...