5/26/2010

Civl War Bride Quilt Drafting

Well, wouldn't you know, I've been working on some things that can't be shown (LQ Christmas swap gift and the latest Les Fleurs block working one block ahead -- you see I was inspired by the ease of making the one before :-) and beside it isn't done yet).

One thing that can be illustrated is that I decided to draft my own version of the Bird of Paradise, or Civil War Bride quilt top. I want to make it as similar to the original as I can, and there are differences in the Threadbear version, most notably in the block size (original blocks are 15" square, it appears, versus Threadbear's 11" x 14"), major differences in the border, and in the block below (contents of the basket are different).

I scanned the top from one of the illustrations I have, cropped out each block, printed each block 8" square, then traced and inked them. I scanned the completed inked block below, separated it into four equal quadrants, and printed each of them at 7.5" x 7.5". Now to tape them together to end up with a 15" block. Wonder if Kinko can print a 15" square enlargement so I don't have to do that step. At a low price, that is.

It's so much fun to trace and ink :-).

12 comments:

Karen said...

You amaze me at how you figured all that out. I hadn't even really thought about the pattern being different than the original.

Sue said...

Wow! That's impressive. I leave all that figuring stuff up to others :)

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

Taryn said...

What an impressive undertaking. I can't wait to see the results of your efforts because I know they will be fab-u-lous.

buttonsagain said...

karen...really?...little quilts christmas swap gift?...for next year?...are you kidding?

respectfully yours...bb

Karen said...

Very interesting!

Kathie said...

Patrica Cox has drafted this pattern as well and has it for sale on her website.
I bought both patterns started it and decided I would rather make it more like the original as well
lets compare notes!!!!
Kathie

http://www.patriciacox.net/

Lori said...

What a great idea! You made it sound very doable.

Heckety said...

That looks interesting- fun too. Its always a bit of an undertaking to re-size blocks of any size, I find, but worth the effort of getting it right. Saves the 'swear box' fines later!!

MARCIE said...

Awesome!

Barb said...

very cool and very clever - so, how much are you selling your version for?
love it!

Micki said...

That's a great block you made...wonderful!
Micki

Julie-Ann said...

Wow! I am just happy to see the end of the "moving" tunnel so I can start quilting again, let alone change block sizes. It is awesome. Are you going to package it for sale?