Sunday, 30 June 2019

Dearest Lavender tomato block

I digress yet again from the original Dearst Boy pattern which had 4 strawberries, I decided to do 4 tomatoes instead.

I already had strawberries elsewhere in the quilt and I wanted to have tomatoes because I converted Lavender’s pen into a vegetable garden and grew some wonderful tomatoes.

This Lavender in her pen when she was a few months old, with lavender growing in the background - that's how she got her name.

And here is a more recent photo of her, she seems to be approaching the size of my car!

Don't forget to visit my blogging friends for their versions of
Dearest Boy...

Cheers 'til next time

Monday, 17 June 2019

Dearest Lavender oak wreath

It’s taken me a couple of months to complete this block as my husband has been very ill.

Dearest Boy quilt
Dearest Lavender oak wreath block 5A

I changed the placement of the leaves, acorns and berries from the original pattern to make the wreath look symmetrical.

Dearest Boy oak wreath block 5A

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Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Dearest Lavender vase block

A quick post for my Dearest Lavender quilt. For this block I slimmed down the vase from the original design, added a striped neck and made the berries blueberries.

I'm still running behind but to see other versions of this block please visit:

Lavender is also a feature in another of my quilts (Reading the Fine Print) that I have started to QAYG.

'Til next time

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Dearest Lavender tumbling blocks & bird block

I enjoyed making the tumbling blocks as it was relatively easy just the placement of the blocks was a bit tricky. I love the secondary effect of the star in the centre.

I’ve also been playing catch up and finished my bird block. I didn’t really fancy the bird in the original so my sister suggested I use a bird from the Home Sweet Home quilt (Blackbird Designs) instead.

After some to-ing and fro-ing with the author and trying to draft the block myself I have temporarily given up on the Live Oak block. Thanks Karen for sending me some clarifying information. I’ll get back to it when I can muster up the courage :D 

Here’s the latest view of the blocks on the design wall, it’s starting to look like a real quilt! That big gap in the centre is just waiting for Lavender.

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Until next time

Monday, 15 April 2019

Dearest Lavender Live Oak block quandary

Sorry fellow Dearest Boy bloggers but I have sewn one piece of the Live Oak block and I'm not game to proceed any further as it doesn't look right. The diamonds seem too elongated.

There seems to be a discrepancy in the Dearest Boy pattern between the written instructions and the accompanying image. The instructions say to cut the diagonal strips at 2" and the photo has the ruler lined up on the fabric at 1 & 3/4".
Has any one else had problems with this block??

Anyway, in the meantime here is a pic of some of my blocks on the design wall.

And the obligatory cow pic... Dearest Lavender with her mini-me Hettie.

Until next time

Saturday, 30 March 2019

Dearest Lavender Hearts block

The 30th of the month and so it's time for another Dearest Lavender block. I really liked sewing this block because it was all needle-turn appliqué.

The original Dearest Boy pattern called for tiny 1/4" hexagon flowers. I chose to do some fussy cutting instead.

We have adopted another orphaned calf, meet Hettie.

Isn't she cute? 
And here's Lavender and Bruce, eating out of their new Munch Trough - and no, I didn't make that name up :D

Don't forget to visit my blogging friends who are way ahead of me on this quilt:

Til next time

Friday, 1 March 2019

Dearest Lavender Pine Burr block

Still catching up with my Dearest Lavender blocks, this is my Pine Burr. I sewed the yellow and green triangles by freezer paper piecing and then hand pieced the large pink border triangles.

On a sad note, we have had to say goodbye to our littlest calf Henry. Despite the vet's best efforts he couldnt be saved.

Until next time