Wednesday, December 30, 2015

End of Month 3 - Progress Report

The 4th block of the Sew Along will be announced in just a couple of days!

First, we'd like to showcase more beautiful blocks completed in December by our very talented and wonderful blog followers. These quilters finished their Blue Flag (Iris) blocks this month.   Are you ready to start this one?  We'd love to see it once it's done.

Next, we have more completed Mountain Laurel blocks.  It's wonderful to see that so many quilter's were able to finish these blocks during the very busy holiday season!

And here is a beautiful Mountain Laurel block created by Nanette Bell.  Nanette chose not to enlarge the patterns.Her petite blocks will finish at 9" square.  They are Wool Applique' against a cotton background fabric.

Meet Nanette Bell - Virginia, U.S.A.
Nanette has been quilting more than 10 years.
A prolific quilter, Nanette enjoys making quilts for family and friends.  
In addition to gifting her work, Nanette uses quilts to decorate her home.  No matter the weather, you will find beautiful quilts perfectly displayed in her home to reflect each season.
 Nanette is actively involved in sewing Bee's and over the years has enjoyed Quilt Retreats and special outings with her dear quilting friends.

Here are more of Nanette's beautiful SVBAQ blocks. (click the picture below to enlarge the image) 
Nanette's background fabric for her blocks is a pretty off white cotton with pale green butterflies.  She is using mostly wool for her applique's, a few pieces of flannel and Aurifil thread for stitching.  
Nanette said It's an honor and a pleasure to be working with Doreen, Dawn and so many other talented ladies on the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Gardens quilt. I learn something new each month of this Quilt Study." 

On behalf of the Virginia Quilt Museum, Dawn & I .... We wish you all safe and Happy New Years Eve celebrations.  And especially.... Health & Happiness to you in the coming New Year!

Happy Stitching!
Doreen & Dawn


  1. Thank you for he update. I love the wool on cotton and enjoyed reading Nanette's bio. Happy New Year to you and Dawn! Looking forward to more of these beauties in 2016.

    1. Thank you for your participation too Wendy!
      Looking forward to continuing this journey with you in 2016!

  2. Happy New Year! So, sew many beautiful blocks. Nanette's wool work is beautiful, so happy she is sharing with us. I look the variety of fabric choices we see each month.

    1. I'm looking forward to your new post and block reveal on January 1st. Happy New Year!

  3. The blocks are so inspiring! Thanks for continuing to share :)

    1. Your little Blue Flag/Iris block turned out wonderful Laurie! I really like how you embroidered the stems.
      Happy New Year!