Sunday, April 30, 2017

B-1 Trumpet Honey Suckle Month 21

"Notice how the fabrics are used by Esther Matthews for leaves and stems. The small dots in the leaves on this block mimic the bubbles of the trunk fabric."....Neva

I applique the flower heads first.
When I prep for back basting I prefer to use high contrast thread.
I added the green stems over the flower heads and leaves.
After the appliqué on the flowers and leaves was complete
I added the stems

I auditioned a few fabrics for the trellis post.
I'm looking forward to seeing the fabric you selected!

In the end, I chose a brown reproduction fabric.

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Happy Stitching!
Dawn and Doreen 

Friday, April 28, 2017

End of April Show & Tell Month 20

Here are more beautiful blocks that have been submitted for us to share.

It's never too late to begin this quilt project.
Work at your own pace and share with us when you complete your blocks!
Nanette was very busy working on blocks from previous months.

And Pat finished this block as soon as her patterns arrived last year.

And here are 2 blocks that Deanna has been working on:

All of these blocks are beautiful and inspiring.
Thank you to all the quilters that generously share their work with us!

You can see more on our SVBAQ Facebook Page HERE.
Please keep sending us your photos!
Happy Stitching,
Doreen and Dawn

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.
You can also visit our facebook page HERE for pictures of blocks from previous months.
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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If you would like to share your block photos with us here on this blog please email them to us, or link your blog up on the 15th of each month.
Happy Stitching,
Doreen & Dawn