Saturday, April 30, 2016

D-5 Boquet Month 8

Esther's Original Block
"E-4 Boquet (sic)
Bow knots were used around arrangements in other floral botanical quilts, especially those in the Baltimore Album style, but this block’s more primitive interpretation is folk art. Note the spelling of "Boquet." The brownish purple print was original a strong mauve color. A delightful collection of the fabrics used elsewhere in the quilt." ...Neva Hart

This is my bouquet block.
I am looking forward to the quilting, the texture always adds more visual interest.

I like the rather prim shapes of Esther's flowers and left mine as the original. You could redraw them if you prefer perfectly symmetrical petals.

I also left the yellow bow floating on top of the stems.

Are you recreating your blocks like Esther's or making changes as you go? That is part of the fun in seeing all of the block variations. Or do you look forward to seeing the fabric selections?

Since my blocks are small at 9", I again added embroidery to replace some appliqué in this  block.

A couple of the leaf stems are embroidered.
I also used embroidery on some of the flowers to help give the illusion of divided petals.

Be sure and check back the first of every month for the new block announcement, mid month for the link up and at the end of the month for show and tell blocks.
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Happy Stitching,
Dawn & Doreen

Thursday, April 28, 2016

End of Month 7 - a few more finishes for Show & Tell

Here is Deanna's Tiger Lily block.  She is using pink French General fabrics for her flowers,

Kris is making her blocks using wool fabric for her applique's and a cotton shirting print for her back ground.

Kris is making great progress on her quilt.  Look how beautiful her blocks look all laid out together!

Patti's block made from hand dyed Batiks against a solid gray back ground.

This is a grouping of blocks made by Pamela Wynfield.  Pamela is using all hand dyed fabrics to create her quilt.

Here is Nancy's beautiful block featuring Kaffe Fasset fabrics.

I'd like to give a big "Shout Out" to the Apple Valley Needle Threaders quilt group in Berryville, VA! Such a wonderful, friendly, talented group of quilters!
They invited me to lecture and teach an applique workshop for their members this month. I was excited for the opportunity to share some information about Esther Blair Matthews and her Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album quilt.
It was such a pleasure to meet this group as well as lots of fun!

If you've just discovered our Sew Along or have been contemplating joining in - it's never too late to begin.  And we love Show & Tell! If you are just beginning this journey, or working at your own pace - we'd  still love to see your blocks.  Even if they are from months we've already covered.

Stay tuned... just 2 more days before the baton is passed over to Dawn to reveal NEXT month's Botanical Block!
Happy Stitching!
Doreen & Dawn

Friday, April 15, 2016

Mid month Progress report - Month 7

Marcia is using Tula Pink fabrics against solid backgrounds to complete her blocks.  

Hello friends, welcome to the mid-month Show & Tell blog post!  We love all the fabulous pictures and would like to Thank you for continuing to share your progress with us.

Annie's block in 1930's reproduction is already hand quilted.

Gail chose to embellish her 8" blocks with buttons.

Below we have blocks made in 1800's reproduction fabrics, in solids and in wool.

2 machine quilted blocks - Susie's is a 9 " block and Pamela's block is 20".

Patti Snyder is making her blocks using batik fabrics in a limited color palette against a gray solid background. Below is a picture of her Botanical blocks. As you can see from the photo she has completed all her block assignments thru Month 7. (you can click on the picture for a larger view of her blocks)

Be sure to visit our Blogging Friends that are also participation in the Sew Along! Click on the pictures of their blocks below to take you to their blog pages. Check back often, we will be adding more links over the next week or so.

Happy Stitching!
Doreen & Dawn