Friday, April 14, 2017

Mid Month Show & Tell - Rose of Sharon

Above is Marcia's stunning Modern version of this block.
Next we have some beautiful blocks made with batik/hand dyed fabrics.

Nanette's block is wool applique' against a cotton background fabric.

Dianne's block is beautiful in traditional fabrics in pastel hues:

Gail chose to reinterpret the block to reflect her own garden.

And here we have a sweet block made using 1930's reproduction prints:

To see more wonderful blocks made by our blog friends, please click on their picture links below.
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We will have more blocks to share at the end of the month, if you are just starting out or woring at your own pace - we'd love to see and share your work.

Happy Stitching!
Doreen & Dawn

Saturday, April 1, 2017

A-4 Rose of Sharon Month 19

"Esther Matthews was a devote Methodist Episcopal. The biblical Song of Solomon refers to the Rose of Sharon. In the language of flowers, the flower is a symbol of healing and love.".....Neva

When I was growing up, we had a hedge of pink Rose of Sharon bushes in our yard. I loved to watch the exotic looking flowers bloom. The buds were a twirl of long semi ruffled petals that unfurled and opened like the skirt of an elegant gown worn by the Belle of the Ball. As a young child it was fun to imagine it that way..... Doreen

I really enjoyed the piecework progression of this block.
I found it easier to stitch most of the larger leaves in pairs.
Unless you are sewing the "greenery" as one solid piece (which I did not) you will need to be mindful of a few under-over bud and stem layers.
I crossed at least 1 of the stems over a bud shoot instead of under it. If you can't find it, I'm certainly not going to point it out. (you can click photo below to enlarge)

Here is my finished Rose of Sharon block!
I look forward to seeing how other quilter's stitch this one together!

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Happy Stitching,
Doreen & Dawn

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

End of March Month 18 Show and Tell

So many beautiful blocks - WOW! Month 18...

Checkout the lady bug print in the flower.

Selective cutting and quilt as you go.

Adapting the floral elements for a new block

Pretty in pastel

All important bees enjoying the flowers.

Double Double!!


30s prints redesigned AND quilt as you go

Beautiful colors on a soft gray ground.

19th Century Reproduction Prints

Beautiful Red Tulips

Sew, so pretty!

Thank you for sharing!

More beautiful detail.

Great variety in the prints.

Pretty in Pink!

Fun Fabrics - 19th Century Reproductions

 Rich earth brown backgrounds

Some Kaffe Prints - great contrast

A visitor to the garden

Oh, so tiny on a printed ground fabric.

Enjoy the blocks!
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Keep sending us photos!
Happy Stitching,
Doreen and Dawn

Mid Month 18 Jacobs Ladder Show and Tell

So many pretty blocks for the mid month show and tell!

Dianne used soft pastel colors

The dark blue print is lady bugs.
Mirror Images
Selective Cutting by Gail
Beautiful Quilt As You Go

Pamela did amazing stitching on her blocks.
Double Double !!

Nanette used wool

Doreen adapted her block - sweet bees!

Detail - Doreens Bee Detail

Annie is doing Quilt-As-You-Go in 30's reproductions
She also adapted her block
Patty has beautiful pinks on her soft gray ground

Shona used a variety of reproduction prints

Pamela designed this block using elements from
Jacobs Ladder
Keep those pictures coming!
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Please link your blog post with your Jacobs Ladder below and visit the other linked blogs.

Happy Stitching,
Doreen and Dawn

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

E-2 Jacob's Ladder Month 18

Original Block
"Some of these fabrics are seen only in this block. Was that a Confederate Violet in the middle?"...Neva

Read more about Confederate Violets HERE.

This block has some elements that float in the block. Between the two primary stems is a small vase or vessel with a three leaf stemmed flower. It is very common in 19th century floral appliqué to see a very tiny vessel with sprouting what appears to be an oversized flower.

I started my block by basting every other base leaf in place.

Once I completed the needle turn appliqué on the, first leaves I basted the rest in place.

Hold off on the flower stems until the buds and calyx are stitched.

The flowers were done buds first, then the calyx. The last step is the green stems.
The small plaid print I used makes the leaf look like it twists.
What is wrong with this?
Ever put a project down and remember it as DONE?
The very last step was to add the base arches.
Ooops, I did add the base arches to my block before this post!

Happy Stitching,
Enjoy more photos on our Facebook Page HERE.

Dawn & Doreen