Monday, October 17, 2011

Coxcomb and Currants

I loved the coxcomb and Currents block I drew up and I love the solid fabrics which I've never done before in a quilt. I'm not one to churn out red and green quilts that will end up all looking similar using the same fabrics. A lifetime goal is to have a collection of red and green quilts that all look  different but with the same colour story. I'm interested to know if any of you have a specialty when it comes to making quilts.
The stuffed berries will add that little extra something I felt was needed when all the blocks are clones of each other with such a plain background.  The quilting plans are being formulated as I sit and stitch because I hate not having a quilting plan organised when it comes to that stage.
The block on the bottom has no place in my quilt and is going to be put aside as an orphan. That is the first one I did on very white fabric and I didn't like it so I switched to an antique white which I'm happier with.
Can you spy the mistake in the top left block? I'm leaving it as is, I kinda like knowing it's there and no, it wasn't deliberate.
Isn't this a happy photo? This is my step granddaughter. Beth is two and she lives not far from us so we get to see her quite often.
We had a visit on Saturday so I decided to keep her occupied with some painting. I put some food colouring with a bit of water in egg cups with a cotton bud in each and let her go on a large piece of paper. You can tell she had fun with that. I think she spent about half an hour rearranging pins in my pincushion and outside spraying plants with a sprayer. I better think of other activities for next time, I think she'll be expecting it.

61 comments:

Janet said...

Wow! I can't believe you have 2 more blocks made already. They are just gorgeous!! Your applique is perfect and that first picture is so beautifully taken. Are you thinking about how you are going to machine or hand quilt this one?

Funoldhag said...

Your blocks are gorgeous and so is your little step granddaughter. One of my granddaughters used to spend hours with a pail of water and a paint brush painting the rocks that outlined my flower beds. Sweet memories!!

Cathy said...

Wow, your applique is stunning! I can't see the stitches, even in the close-up. I just started my first hand applique project and am enjoying the hand work.

Oops-Lah said...

I love the look of solid fabric applique, especially the red and green ones. I found the little mistake and think it adds to the charm of the block. How many blocks do you need for this quilt?
What a cutie Beth is; and yes, you definitely need to think of some new fun activities for when she comes next. You'll be know as the fun grandma ;)!

Cardygirl said...

Great blocks...a quilt collection would be great, but will I live that long???? Love the amish-ness of your block, I would leave it too!

Darlene said...

Your blocks are stunning!!! You never fail to amaze and inspire me, Janet. :-) It's such a pleasure to enjoy your talent.

imquilternity said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous block Janet. I cannot wait to see the quilting design you create. This is going to be one stunning quilt.

Christine said...

Love it, my thing is 1930's quilts and I have made three large ones so far and just love them.

Beth is very cute....

Jessica said...

Love the solids!
I love scrappy quilts but I certainly don't stick to that style, I love trying new techniques and everytime I see a new tutorial or pattern it goes on my to-do list!

Sewjournal said...

Gosh Janet your work is so beautiful. I had to look very hard to find the mistake it's not very noticeable at all. Your step-granddaughter is a real cutie.

liz said...

I love the block you have designed. It was fun trying to find the mistake - like the old magazine puzzles. But really, if you hadn't mentioned it, no one would have noticed. How many blocks are you planning?

Nifty Quilts said...

These are such beautiful blocks! I cannot see the mistake in the left one, but I love knowing that it is there. It makes the quilt more personal that way.

Marit said...

You have very cute company!
I like your idea of a series of distinctive different quilts in the same color theme. These first blocks using solids are very pretty...

; )

Salley said...

The Antique White is indeed the more perfect choice....
I am overawed by your pursuit of perfection Janet...even just a tiny thing can make a difference if we seek it out.
Blocks AND little ELF Beth are beautiful.

Joan said...

Wonderful blocks and beautiful grandaughter.

Sue-Anne said...

Your red and green blocks are stunning! It is going to be a beautiful quilt.

Your little granddaughter is a cutie, what a beautiful smile!

nicolette at dutchcomfort said...

Stunning block Janet! Love the use of two colours and the solids!

It’s a real tiny mistake, I had to look twice, but I guess you started with a green berry in stead of a red one?

Red Quilty Girl said...

Hi Janet, i love your coxscomb colours. My speciality is RED. I do a lot of redwork and combine that with quilting. I use RED a lot. I would like to do a red/green quilt one day. I have a collection of red quilts I have made. I guess that is the theme running through my quilts.
Lovely of you to share with us. Cheers Janine in Perth Western Australia

Kathie said...

oh I just love your blocks, beautiful.....
maybe I made a mistake I love your blocks ;)
I used to fill the kitchen sink with water and give my DD measuring spoons, measuring cups they loved that,
or buy a can of cheap shaving cream and let them play with that on a table oh what fun they had making shapes, writing letters or drawing with their fingers in that and one more fun activity was cutting out lots of shapes and giving them a glue stick and letting them make collages, you could use the colored adds from the magazines or colored tissue paper or just construction paper...

Kaaren said...

Mistake? You mean that one little green berry? I'm embarrassed to tell you how long I spent looking for it.

Your applique work is stunning, Janet. And I just love red and green quilts.

Susie said...

It's going to be a lovely quilt! And leave the "boo boo"............

Barb said...

I love your design...what a cutie you have there!!

Janet said...

Love the solids. I hope you hand quilt it because the solids will really show your quilting.
Two colored quilts is my thing, it can be red/white, blue/white or as in yours red and green.
GD is a cutie pie. I am sure you will come up with some more fun things for her to do. You are so creative.

Terry said...

I found the mistake, but I never would have noticed it if you hadn't pointed it out! LOL Your step granddaughter looks like she had a great time! :0)

Nedra said...

Such a classic looking quilt. I love red and green combinations. And your work is amazing as usual!

Miriam said...

Beth has a gorgeous smile!

Your blocks are amazing!! I would leave the little "mistake" too.

I don't have a specialty when it comes to making quilts. I love to try (almost!) everything!

Thimbleanna said...

Those blocks are stunning Janet! I did spy the mistake, although I wouldn't have if you hadn't mentioned it. You're not going to unpick it, are you?

Lori said...

What fantastic blocks, Janet!! This quilt will call for some fantastic quilting too!!

Your SG is adorable!! I bet she keeps you hopping!

John'aLee said...

Oh my...bee-u-ti-ful! That little doll of yours is one little beauty too!

Sandra said...

You could use the first block and make another 1 or 2 with that 1st background as you often see several grounds used in antique quilts. Also you could do a couple of cockscomb variations instead of doing all the same block.

Janet said...

There are no mistakes only design elements. lol. What beautiful blocks.

Archie the wonder dog said...

Gorgeous block - took me ages to find the 'mistake' (didn't help that I was looking at the block on the right!) - I'm looking forward to watching this grow over the next few months. Beth is a little cutie!

Teri said...

Oh it is going to be sooooo beautiful. I just love the colors.

I have a friend who puts a mistake in every quilt. It is very subtle so you really have to look around to find it. So if you had not said that there was an error I would not have seen it.

Grandkids are so much fun.......

Mary said...

There's a mistake in a block? I can't find it.

Cute granddaughter! I've had to come up with art activities every week for close to a year. A favorite was splitting an egg carton long-wise and letting them paint it green, then putting on dots for eyes and pipe cleaners for feelers - and voila! a hungry caterpillar. They asked to do that one over and over.

Raewyn said...

It took a lot of searching to find your mistake! I think you will get away with leaving it as is!! I really like the way you have padded the berries. And you are right , your step grand-daughter is a real cutie.

Barbara Sindlinger said...

Beautiful applique - your green color is so pretty with that perfect red. So clean and crisp.

Cyn said...

The blocks are gorgeous!

It took me a while to find your "enhancement" but in one of the set of dots, you started off with green not with red.

Reminded me of the pictures where you have to find the differences between the first picture and the second one. :-)

Cynthia

Rachaeldaisy said...

Beautiful, beautiful blocks!! It took me ages to find what you call a mistake. Im glad you're leaving it. I love the fun activities you so with your granddaughter, no wonder she has that big smile, she must love visiting you!!

Heather said...

Another beautiful quilt begun. I look forward to seeing it grow. I like to think that my specialty is making a large variety of quilts but my quilt designer son thinks that I have a very distinct look. I'm not sure what it is but perhaps its my color palette or the fact that I love using lots of fabric in most of my quilts or maybe that they are traditional but not repro. I guess it doesn't matter, I going to just keep making them. :)

Doris said...

Beth is adorable, and having recently spent time with my nephews of the same age, I'm sure tiring to keep entertained! Your new blocks are looking lovely!

Karen said...

There are no words for your hand work, it is perfection!!!!! How are you stuffing the berries? This will be stunning!

taylorsoutback said...

Absolutely stunning! And the one litte red cherry - too sweet to move. When I grow up I want to applique just 1/2 as well as you do!! :o)

A couple of years ago, I went through a pink and brown quilt stage...made about 5 I think - big to small and in between. I could do another one...

Judy Dietrich said...

The shades of green and red that you have chosen just jump off the background to catch your eye. The elements of all the parts of applique being round or the sharp edges make the design sing. Gorgeous. It is great that you are doing something that is different from your usual!! You will learn a lot when you try new ideas out in fabric form, like the background color tends to fade even more with the second choice. Great applique technique. I am into hexagons right now, and am working on a queen size top with hexagons that measure .75 on the edges. I bought the starting of this quilt on ebay for fun. I have to work within the colors that were already cut out--it sure makes you learn what you like about different color combinations.

Carrie P. said...

Your blocks are stunning.
Beth is a cutie-pie.

Deb said...

It's really beautiful Janet. I just love that design and the simplicity of the solids really works. Your little pal does really look like she's having a great time. Gorgeous girl, seems like yesterday that mine were that little!

Sandra Kaye said...

Absolutely Beautiful!!!! Cheers :0)

Mimi said...

OMG! That mistake is just glaring!! I think you need to send it to me to fix it for you. ;) Your shades of red and green are perfect and I think that is why they work so well. Yes....you have another beauty here. Love the stuffing of the berries , the pattern and the layout. I'll send my address if you are interested. LOL

Notjustnat said...

The red and green image caught my eye! Perfect applique - hugs Nat

Angie @ Summerfield Quilts said...

Your quilt blocks are absolutely gorgeous. It took me a minute to find what you were talking about in the top left block. It's still beautiful.

Kyle said...

Your quilt is stunning and appliqued so beautifully. Would love to have a little tutorial on how you stuff your berries. They look so perfect. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and inspiration.

Maree: said...

OOHH I am Loving these Blocks..I had to look for it but hey sometimes a little error like that doesn't mean it is spoilt...I usually leave them.
we are Individual that's what I like.
cheers

Sery said...

Hello,my name is Serena and I'm Italian.My compliments,your quilts and your techniques are just marvelous ! Sorry for my terrible english. Hi !

Barb said...

I love the stuffed berries. This is such a wonderful pattern and I love the limey green you are using.
What a sweet little girl - adorable!!

Taryn said...

Janet, I love your Coxcomb and Currants quilt. I bought myself an antique one for Christmas last year but I think the pattern you've drafted is even better. I like the solid fabrics and you've done a tremendous job choosing the right ones. I can tell already this quilt is going to be a "forever" quilt.

Stephanie said...

Your center reminds me of a deconstructed dresden. The blocks are perfection. Love the red with the limey green. I think the use of only solids in this quilt will only make it even more stunning. Maybe next time your sweet little one can sort buttons under your watchful eye.

Ann Champion said...

I love this quilt! I agree, the antiqued white is nicer, and had to look for the different berry placement in one block. Just gorgeous!

Beth is a real cutie pie!

I don't have a certain type of quilt I make..I seem to like to try a bit of everything! LOL

Pinkadot Quilts said...

My berries look like cannon balls! Your's are lovely and your stitching is so unbelievable...you are a master appliquer!

MARCIE said...

That little Beth is too cute! You found some great things for her to do. Your blocks are stunning. Is your "mistake" in the berries? i sure wouldn't change that! Beautiful work, as always!

Judy said...

What lovely quilt blocks!! You do such a nice job with your applique. There's something quite special about applique quilts.

Cheryl said...

I love this green and red block you have drawn. I would love to make this, do you sell copies? I am so inspired by red and greeen quilts. thanks wanaquilt@gmail.com

Robin said...

Beautiful blocks, Janet! I love how crisp the red and green solids look on that soft white background. And doesn't every quilt need a little goof in it somewhere? Now you can check that off the list! :)