Tuesday, May 31, 2016

C-1 Sunflower

"Sunflowers were probably a familiar sight on Valley farms during the 19th century. Fields of the flowers can be seen today in this fertile agriculture region. Notice how this version is similar to the Farmer’s Delight pattern, a pattern specific to the Valley of Virginia." ...Neva Hart

Esther used 2 different green prints and one solid yellow fabric to create these simple shaped Sunflowers.

I decided to modify the pattern somewhat for my own Sunflower block and will share below a few of the steps I took to create this Red & Taupe version.

I decided to Back Baste my block using just one continuous piece of fabric to create all of the stems and leaves of the plant.  My TIP when back basting - always turn the pattern over so the wrong side/BACK of the pattern is facing up for tracing.  This will ensure your finished block is not facing in the reverse direction once finished.

Once I stitched down the main stem and leaves, I added the leaves to the Sunflowers. Rather than sew all those tiny pointed leaf pieces, I followed Esther's method and stitched them down as one solid section. And like Esther, I cut away the centers to reduce bulk. I don't always do this, but I plan on stitching multiple layers on top of this one and wish to reduce some of the layering bulk.

I decided the original flowers looked a bit plain for my taste, so I chose to embellish the centers of each Sunflower.

I'm giving myself permission to change a few small design elements in some of the blocks. I enjoy seeing how other quilters interpret their own style into these quilt blocks as well.

Here is my finished block:

Please stop back mid month For Show & Tell and discover how other quilter's have created their own unique Sunflower blocks.
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Happy Stitching!
Doreen & Dawn

Saturday, May 28, 2016

End of Month 8 Show and Tell

The end of the month is so exciting...it means the announcement of the next block is only hours away.

Patti is so into her blocks, she took them along on recent travels. Sewing in her hotel room in the evenings. Now that's a dedicated SVBAQ sew along member.

Where have you been sewing?  Email us a photo of your SVABQ project ... on vacation, in the garden, on your design wall, with friends, a mystery location?

We still have new quilters joining in. If you've been undecided jump in. I for one have to circle back and do my month one pineapple blocks. Patterns can still be ordered from the Virginia Quilt Museum. There are links on the right side of the SVBAQ blog page.

Seeing pictures of the blocks together inspired me to do the same with a few of mine.

I stitched out of order for a while. Now I am stitching with the sequence of announced blocks.

I love these blocks and have enjoyed every stitch.

Gail has not only kept up with the stitching, she is doing 'quilt as you go'.  Each of her blocks is quilted and ready for final assembly.

She will have her quilt done - as in complete - very soon after the last block is announced.

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Happy Stitching,
Doreen & Dawn

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Mid Month Progress Report - Month 8

The variety of these quilts has me wanting to make several!

This fantastic variation has a rich silver vase and a variety of greens in the leaves and stems.

Isn't it wonderful?

I love the background print too.

Now for a little detail - I know of you are quilting as you go, and others of you are looking ahead to quilting.

This is a detail of Esther's original vase.

Note how close her vase is to the binding.

Amazing tiny quilting stitches.

Speaking of quilting...how about the quilt as you go makers?

Isn't this wonderful hand quilting?

All echo quilting like Esther.

Maybe another reason to start a second version?

How about adding some vintage embellishments?
Buttons, tatting - adding some flowers in the quilting?

Not everyone has the same flowers in their gardens!

Checkout the bow and the flowers!

So rich on the dark hand dyed ground fabric.

Esther has about 12 flowers and buds in her bouquet.

Some quilters are choosing to use less flowers in their bouquet , and other's prefer to create a much fuller arrangement.

Notice the quilter of this block added flower buds to replace the upper leaves in her arrangement.

Do you like your Bouquet full and elegant or Simply Stated?

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,
Dawn & Doreen