Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Dearest Lavender rose block

Here is my rose block for Dearest Lavender... 

Dearest Boy Family Album quilt
Dearest Lavender Block 2B

I was happy to make this block as per the pattern as we do have a patch of roses in our garden.

The photo above was taken in summer but now it's winter and they look like bare sticks so Lavender Betty is currently smelling the lavender rather than the roses :D

Check out the other rose blocks by Karen Julie Cathy & Doreen
Til next time

Thursday, 2 August 2018

6 and 6 + in 2018 July update

Meredithe recently asked if we had started any new projects, I ditched Dear Daughter for Dearest Lavender when we adopted a newborn calf and Karen started a sew-along for Dearest Boy, so my list now looks like this:

These are my 5 blocks that I have finished for Dearest Lavender, it's been fun being part of a blog sew-along again.

I am also currently sewing Simply Blessed and finished Block 1 in July.

Simply Blessed quilt Rosalie Dekker Quinlan

I am also trying to progress my Reading the Fine Print and now have a way forward with help from my sister with choosing new sashing and setting triangle fabric.

Since my last update I also completed a whole quilt in record time, my version of Lori Holt's Lets Bake! for my daughter-in law-to be.

Lori Holt Let's Bake! quilt

Lori Holt Let's Bake! quilt

I've decided to bite the bullet and have sent three of my quilts from the '6 to be quilted and bound' section of the list to my wonderful long arm quilter so hopefully by the end of August at least one might be finished.


Monday, 30 July 2018

Dearest Lavender 2A butterfly block

It was a bit tricky aligning the butterflies and their antennae but I got there in the end. 

Dearest Lavender Block 2A
I fussy cut the bodies and made them slimmer than the original.

Check out the other fabrics used by Karen, Cathy and Julie for ther butterflies in the Dearest Boy sew along. I now wish I had one with stripes too  - oh well.

'Til next time

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Dearest Lavender 1F pear block

The original Dearest Boy block has a Christmas tree with pears and a crescent moon. I decided to get creative and use some of these elements to design my own block. I keep pakham pears on the kitchen shelf to ripen so I took a photo of them.

I printed out the photo in black and white, placed another sheet of paper on top, then traced around the pears.

And then used these for my appliqué and embroidery lines.

Coincidentally I was also looking at the crescent moon through my kitchen window when I was drawing up this block.

Ta dah - my own pear block!

'Til next time

Monday, 23 July 2018

Dearest Lavender 1C Princess Feather block

I'm still playing catchup with the Dearest Boy sew along and I couldn't wait til the end of the month so here's my Princess Feather block for a Princess!

The fabrics in this block are from Deidre Abel's Betty's Pantry range (with the exception of the yellow and the background). I love this range and plan on using more in this quilt.

Isn't she a princess!

'Til next time 

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Dearest Lavender 1E cherry block

II did this block differently to the original in the Dearest Boy pattern. 
Instead of four circles of cherries, I chose to use one motif from Jeana Kimball's Old Voices New Impressions.

Dearest Lavender Block 1E
Here's my quilt's namesake being taken for a walk around the garden.

I'm still playing catch up with Karen, Cathy and Julie with the Dearest Boy sew-along but I'll see you again at the end of the month.


Saturday, 7 July 2018

Dearest Lavender

I'm joining Karen, Julie and Cathy in their online sew along of Dearest Boy designed by Jean Cerbone (pattern available on Etsy).

I'm naming my quilt Dearest Lavender after our little calf Lavender Betty.

I've started on the pieced blocks whilst waiting for my background fabric. This one was very tricky because of the measurements - thank goodness for Thangles!

Block 1D Birds in the Air

In future I aim to post on the 15th & 30th of the month, thanks again Karen for belatedly letting me join in.