Almost done – just need to finish the binding!

photo 1 photo 2 photo 3 photo 4 photo 5Well, Kathy Ezell brought my quilt back. i just need to finish the binding and add the label. Kathy did a great job on the quilting. I think i will use the elephant pattern for the label, since I didn’t put Hannibal’s name on the front of the quilt.

I am so excited that I really finished this quilt. Yes, I didn’t applique the borders, but I like it better this way.~Susan

Susan’s block number 12 – Flower Bed finally complete

susanI thought I would go crazy with all the leaves on this block. It was the most monotonous of the blocks, but I love it now. this was my 19th block – on my last one now – I saved Hannibal for last since he is the most important image on this quilt to me- i found out this week that he died from eating a poisonous shrub. How sad! Poor thing.

Susan’s Block number 16 – Assorted Bouquet

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In process

Made a big decision yesterday. Went with Marie up to Log Cabin and picked out border fabric. I want to finish this quilt and if I have to applique all the borders, i never will. Found perfect fabric –
Only two blocks left to go, and I have them already started. I have had the most difficult time with Hannibal. That poor elephant had such a sad life once he was brought to America and placed in a zoo. I certainly can’t put the elephant trainer in the same block as him. I tried putting him back in the jungle, but that didn’t work. He did love whiskey, so I plan to put an empty whiskey bottle next to him. I will post that image this week.~Susanvase flowers

Susan’s block number 20 – Bird and Rosebuds

birdHere’s my latest block. It went pretty fast. It’s my 16th, so now only four left to go. I used ultra-suade lite for the beak and claws. Lots of leaves, 27 actually. I’ve begun the next block – “The Groom.” I’m making some changes – long hair , high boots, and no hat.

~Susan

Susan’s block number 5 – “Pair of Golden Eagles, in process

Just starting the next block. I made the bias strips for the vines using my handy tool.

biasSome people asked about how I baste onto construction paper, so I will explain:

1.  First I number the pieces on the complete paper pattern.bird on paper

2. Next, I use a lightbox to trace the shapes onto construction paper and number them.

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3.  Then I sew the paper onto the fabric (Which I don’t have a photo of yet)