Monday, May 16, 2016

Mountain Laurel - Shenandoah Valley Botanical Quilt

I am sewing along with the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Quilt project - the pattern is provided by the Virginia Quilt Museum and all pattern sales benefit the museum. Dawn, from Collector with a Needle, and Doreen, from Aunt Reen’s Place, are hosting a quiltalong for this quilt, here.

The pattern size as provided by the museum easily makes 9 inch blocks. I am doing mine in wool so that I can make that size (8 1/2" finished), many are enlarging the pattern and all the participant's resulting blocks are well worth a look...so pretty!

This is my version of a block from a prior month
(December!), labelled Mountain Laurel:

 I like the way the flowers look like little hearts on this one!

 Here are all 11 posing for their family picture.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Playing Catch-Up Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album Quilt, Liberty Tree

I am sewing along with the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Quilt project - the pattern is provided by the Virginia Quilt Museum and all pattern sales benefit the museum. Dawn, from Collector with a Needle, and Doreen, from Aunt Reen’s Place, are hosting a quiltalong for this quilt, here.

The pattern size as provided by the museum easily makes 9 inch blocks. I am doing mine in wool so that I can make that size, many are enlarging the pattern and all the participant's resulting blocks are worth a look...so pretty!

This is my version of a block from a prior month, labelled Liberty Tree.  I thought of skipping this one, I didn't think it looked "right" with my blocks so far...BUT


Open letter to Esther Blair Shaw(the original maker):

Oh my Esther, how foolish I was to doubt you, the block I didn't think I liked has now become one of my favorites.  Big surprise, I am using wool...umm...and these are pennies, silly Kris.



 

Friday, May 6, 2016

Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album Quilt - Bouquet

I am sewing along with the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Quilt project - the pattern is provided by the Virginia Quilt Museum and all pattern sales benefit the museum. Dawn, from Collector with a Needle, and Doreen, from Aunt Reen’s Place, are hosting a quiltalong for this quilt, here.

The pattern size as provided by the museum easily makes 9 inch blocks. I am doing mine in wool so that I can make that size, many are enlarging the pattern and all the participant's resulting blocks are worth a look...so pretty!

This is my version of the block for this month, labelled Bouquet...

 I'm afraid that I have again taken my own artistic license with this design to allow myself an easier time to make it in my chosen media of wool and it is a bit unrecognizable as the pattern in the official packet :)   In krislovesfabric world, this is my vase of wildflowers.
And here are my nine blocks so far in a group shot...waving a bit in the wind, sorry!!  I am still beiing challenged by the weather to get good quilt block pictures!!

Have a great weekend and Happy Mother's Day to all those mothers I know :)

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Wandering Camera - Month 4

We are back around to that time again, wow!    Time to link up again with my friend Soma's  series Wandering Camera.   Be sure to follow the link and check out all her wonderful tips, this month she shares about the subject of Aperture.  Weather has been my challenge this month as I feel like Goldilocks trying to find a day that's not too wet or a time too bright or what have you.  Bah! :)
  These pictures were taken on my walks the last couple of mornings...

 The grapes are starting to unfurl some foliage.
 Peony buds are starting to appear...much to my delight and unfortunately the wasps seem delighted as well - I am trying a paper lunch bag decoy idea I saw posted online that is supposed to ward them off as they think the bag is a hornet's nest.  Anyone know if it will work?  So far, it's been too rainy to confirm around here!
 These little posies are usually prettier, they are a bit muddled by all the rain, I have that in common with them :)
 Anyone have any good rhubarb recipes?  I made a strawberry rhubarb pie last weekend but I obviously need more recipes as my husband has a green thumb with regards to rhubarb, it seems.  He has his eye on trying rhubarb wine.
 My poppies have just about surrounded the lone tulip in my garden, we don't have much luck with tulips as the squirrels like to dig them up and take, ahem...one bite.  Sigh.
 The little azalea is looking to have lots of buds, yay!
 Our pear blooms have faded and fallen away but now it is the apple trees time to shine!
 
  Thanks for wandering along with me today and make sure to wander with all the others linking up at:

Soma's May Wandering Camera Post

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

In the Garden BOM - Month 4, Carla at Creatin' in the Sticks

The next two limited time free blocks in the In the Garden Block of the Month hosted by Amy of Sew Incredibly Crazy have been released!  They are designed by Carla  of Creatin' in the Sticks and you can find the patterns here.
 
I am using fabrics provided by Riley Blake for this QAL supplemented by some older Riley Blake fabrics from my stash.  The main fabric line I am using is Bee in My Bonnet's Calico Days.
 
These are my versions of this month's cute blocks:


  
  Here are my prior blocks from this QAL and the links used to find them:
 
Month 1 February
Amy – Sew Incredibly Crazy
Block #1 and Block #2 from Amy's design, you can find the patterns by visiting her blog.
March
Carol – Just Let Me Quilt 
Blocks 3 & 4 are designed by Carol and you can find the patterns here.
 
April 
May

 June
Sue – Super Mom No Cape
July
Joan – Moosestash Quilting
September
Pat – Life in the Scrapatch
October
Vicki – More Stars in Comanche
November
Lana – It Seams to be Sew
December
Jan - Sew and Sow Farm
January
Amy – Sew Incredibly Crazy– Final Blocks and wrap up

You can also join the Facebook group if you like and share your blocks and/or see what everyone else is making.

Friday, April 22, 2016

I is for Snowflake

The month of April is soaring by pretty quick for me and not leaving much time for stitching and making a general lack of show on the sewing front.  Lots of goings-on just not much that was sewing related! 

I managed to finish the "I" block and the bonus snowflake block in Buttermilk Basin's free Wool applique BOM Let It Snow...

 I am now at Let I....in the Let it Snow...YAY!

 Our pear trees in the garden are happy no real snow is in sight...check out those blooms!!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album Quilt - Tiger Lily

I am sewing along with the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Quilt project - the pattern is provided by the Virginia Quilt Museum and all pattern sales benefit the museum. Dawn, from Collector with a Needle, and Doreen, from Aunt Reen’s Place, are hosting a quiltalong for this quilt, here.

The pattern size as provided by the museum easily makes 9 inch blocks. I am doing mine in wool so that I can make that size, many are enlarging the pattern and all the participant's resulting blocks are worth a look...so pretty!

This is my version of the block labelled Tiger Lily...

I'm afraid that I have taken as much artistic license with this flower in color as the designer did with shape and it is a bit unrecognizable as a tiger lily but I adore it :)   In krislovesfabric world this is an ideal flower - I want this in my flowerbed please!

 I really wanted to take a group photo outdoors but unfortunately the wind won't abate and I got tired of chasing them about the yard so I went with another kitchen shot.  The colors are much better than this photo indicate-promise!  Hopefully I will have better luck next month as I should have a pretty set of nine then!!

Linking to  SVBotanicalAlbumQuiltof1858.