Friday, July 14, 2017

Mid Month Show and Tell Month 23

Kay used reproduction prints 
Lots of variety in the block finishes!

Some participants opted to make an extra pineapple or tulip block and even out the block arrangement with matching corners.

We will save that for the final reveals - next year at the exhibit.

For now, let's enjoy the rainbows and stars.

Gail is doing a machine 'Quilt As You Go' technique

Nancy has two quilts underway -- one in flannel

Deanna has some soft French General colors
Shona finished her block - and all of the inking.
She's ready to assemble and start quilting.

LeMoyne has a special helper who also admires her work
So pretty in wool.

Sunshine on Shirting
Pieced Stars and Sun Rays 

Happy Stitching,

Doreen and Dawn

We have had many questions regarding the SVBAQ Blog and Facebook page - YES!
They will continue - we still have people starting, very exciting for the museum.  The help blog tabs and photos will remain open.
Keep those BLOCK photos coming.

We will continue providing support and inspiration you as you finish.

Please be sure to visit our blogging friends participating in the Sew Along by clicking on their links below:

Sunday, July 2, 2017

C-3 Rainbow Moon and Stars

"Rainbows are a religious symbol for hope and promise. Inside the rainbow in handwritten ink script are the maker’s name, date, and age. Quiltmaker Esther Matthews spelled her name "Ester" indicating that someone else, possibly her grandson Addison B. Martz, signed her name on her quilt"  ...Neva  

By process of knew the block for this month <vbg>.
I stitched mine in the winter of 2015 - twice!

I was living outside of Denver Colorado at the time. We were having a snow day so I settled in by the fireplace for a stitching day.

What better block to sew on than a rainbow!

In my enthusiasm, I stitched the sun in yellow.

You can see in the background the street plow had come by and I had done one round of shoveling.

Riipppp...Off came the yellow sun.

I decided I wanted to be true to Esther's quilt.

To stitch my rainbows I opted to start at the top of the rainbow basted the first color down. I then needle turned the top curve. Next, I basted the second color on, removing the basting thread of the first color. Then needle turned the top curve. On the lower edge I turned under little bottom edges. Basically building my rainbow as I went.

Esther's Large Star
Esther's Small Stars

Detail of the inking on the original quilt

Esther's hand quilting detail

We are excited to see so many people still joining the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Quilt Stitch Along.  Keep posting and sending in your BLOCK photos. We will keep sharing.
NOTE: If you are planning to show and or exhibit your SVBAQ please don't post the completed quilt.

Happy Stitching!
Doreen and Dawn
Please consider submitting your finished quilt for the Virginia Quilt Museum "Beyond The Valley"
exhibit. Details to follow.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

End of Month 22 Show & Tell + Special Announcement

This certainly has been an ambitious month for our members....
In addition to those finishing up the Red Touch Me Not blocks, several quilters have completed additional blocks that we announced in previous months.

First up are the beautiful Red Touch Me Not blocks:

Deanna's block:

Nancy's block:

Wendy's block:

Shona's block:

Linda Arndt finished up her beautiful Trumpet Honeysuckle:

Next up - our extremely productive members for the month of June.
Susie Corrao's blocks:

Lemoyne Meichner's blocks:

Kay Butler's blocks:

Deanna's blocks:

We'd like to end this post with some exciting news:

Happy Stitching!
Doreen and Dawn

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Mid-month Show & Tell Month 22

As you can see, quilters are off to a wonderful start with their block completions and shares! So many wonderful variations of the Red Touch Me Not block.

Blocks stitched Modern:

Hand Dyed & Batiks:

Wool Applique':

1930's Reproduction:

Gail decided to create a block that represents a native plant to Virginia called Trumpet Creeper. She use several techniques including fussy cut, broderie perse and embroidery.

And Harolyn had decided to embroider tiny 4.5" versions of the blocks.

Please visit the links to our blog friends below.
You can also see more photos on the Facebook page HERE.
And we will have more Show & Tell to share at the end of this month.
Happy Stitching
Doreen & Dawn

Thursday, June 1, 2017

D-4 Touch-Me-Not (Red)

"Also known as jewelweed or balsam, touch-me-not is the old name for a flower that Esther could have seen along the road as she traveled up and down the Valley each spring and fall to visit her daughters and family members"....Neva

I think Esther must have been fond of this plant as it is a near duplicate of the Pink Touch Me Not block that Dawn covered earlier in the sew along HERE.
This block has far less petals than the Pink version.
I confess that I like the simplicity of fewer petals.

As I began laying out my assembly strategy, I decided to make the petals stand out from the leaves and stems. Opposite of Esther, I made the stems & leaves solid and the blooms in a print fabric. I fussy cut the petals "by eye" to make them a little less than identical. I like the more casual, slightly random look of the flowers.

Below is another picture showing how I continued on with my block progression.

And finally a finish! Dawn & I look forward to seeing how you interpret this block as well.

Please stop back for the mid month Show & Tell and link up.
You can also see more photos on the stitch along Facebook page HERE.

Happy Stitching!
Doreen and Dawn