Here is the second block in my reproduction quilt for the Alliance for American Quilts 2011 challenge. Don't you just love how the bird is about to get shot by the giant cupid's arrow? Very quirky. And the formal floral urn squished in the corner- what was she thinking? Don't forget to click on the photos to enlarge and see detail ... especially the fabric with birds on it that I used for the bird applique.
Please see the previous 2 posts to see my first block and the full picture of the original c. 1845 crib quilt from Virginia. The original blocks are about 9" and the repros are bit under 7". The little fussy needleturn applique is tricky but also kind of fun. Here is the original block, it is very fragile, not sure why it is so much weaker than the other blocks.
It has been interesting to reproduce the blocks in a similar but fresher look. I had fun picking out and fussy cutting the bird fabric. I generally try to do as exact as possible repros and would have used solid 'stained' muslin, etc. Not sure which look I like better. What do y'all think? Thanks for visiting.