Thursday, December 31, 2015

D-3 Star In The East Month 4

Esther's Original Star In The East Block
History and Details of the Original Block
Row Three, Column Four, 
Sew Along Block 4
"Star in the East" is how Esther identified this design. Although the botanical "Crocosmia Star of the East" would have grown in Esther’s climate, it does not resemble her flower. ... Neva Hart

Reproduction Block 
Dawn's 9" Version

19th Century Reproduction Fabrics
Needle Turn Applique

I chose a solid red fabric, three green prints and a yellow print.

Block Strategies & Assembly

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Building the Flower
1.  In this block, I basted every other petal and one side of the leaves.

2.  I completed the applique on the first set of basted petals.

3.  I then basted the alternate petals in between the finished petals. I basted the second side of the leaves leaves in place.

For me, this helps keep the point where the applique pieces meet small and tidy.

In the last step of applique the point where all of the petals meet is covered by the yellow flower center.

Final Pieces Ready to Stitch

Using your preferred technique:

4.  Add the stems.
5.  Add the yellow center accents.

I hope you enjoy the "Star In The East" block as much as I did.
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Dawn & Doreen

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

Monday, December 14, 2015

A-4 Mountain Laurel Mid-month Show & Tell

We love all the beautiful blocks that quilters are sharing with us!  

So far it looks like PINK blooms are the popular choice this Month.

Although we do have a few RED blooms completed as well.

Nancy Austin Swanwick submitted this picture to us on facebook last week.

All of her blocks are just beautiful!

Are you still working on your Mountain Laurel block?  Or perhaps just beginning with the Pineapples or Blue Flag block?  We'd love to see those pictures too!  In fact, the last week of each month we'd be happy to add an extra post featuring even more newly completed blocks.

Send us your photo's or upload them on the facebook page.    
All blocks are welcome from any of the months we've already announced.

Be sure to visit our Blogging Friends that are also participating in the Sew Along!
Simply click on the picture of their blocks below and it will take you to their block page. Check back often as we will be adding more links over the next week or so.

Happy Stitching!
Doreen & Dawn

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