Monday, August 15, 2016

Mid Month Show & Tell - Month 11

So many beautiful versions of the Yellow Tulip block have been submitted already for Show & Tell! Look at this beautiful modern block version:

Hand dyed fabrics:

Batik fabrics:

Blocks already quilted:

Wool Applique' on a cotton background:

And here are some blocks stitched up in reproduction, traditional and classic prints:

Be sure and visit the blogger's linked below to see more beautiful blocks.
Also visit the Facebook project page HERE, we highly recommend a visit to the photo albums.

There's still time to join the sew-along - stay tuned for some exciting upcoming announcements!

Happy Stitching, Doreen & Dawn

Monday, August 1, 2016

E-5 Yellow Tulip

"In Victorian times, assigning symbols to flowers was a romantic pastime. Women were allowed to study botany science, and followed publications featuring exotic flora. Tulips became a symbol of "love." ... Neva Hart

I like the scrappy mix of green fabrics Ester used in this block!  Here is a close up of one of the Tulips.  Notice that Esther's Yellow Tulip block varies slightly from the drawn pattern you received.

I decided to make my tulips similar to Esther's, so I modified my pattern page.
It was quite simple to do - no art degree needed.
I took a pencil and drew a curved line thru the top center section of each blossom. (the arrow is pointing to the pencil line)

A short explanation of the steps I took to complete this block:
I stitched all the leaves down first. (I kept some of the double leaves as one piece) Next I added the stem work.

To make the tulips, I first stitched down the little pink petal tips.
Next I added the "green" leaf base, treating it as a single piece of fabric.
(in my case the green is taupe/tan)

I added the "yellow" side petals to complete this block.
Below is my faded Red & Taupe French General version of the Yellow Tulip block.

How is your Garden of Blocks Growing?
Dawn & I look forward to seeing your work shared here. You can submit your pictures to be shared on our Mid-month and/or End of month posts!
You can also follow us and share on facebook HERE.

Doreen & Dawn

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

More Show and Tell - End of Month 10

More Fun Progress to Share

Liberty Trees

Pamela did a little re-design of the block
Beautiful Bouquets

More Sunflowers

Lovely Specialty Cutting

Star In The East

Catching Up From Month One

Dawn's Blocks
Missing one block - do you know which one?

Deanna in Colorado - mostly French General fabrics
See more pictures of blocks on the Facebook page: Shenandoah Valley Botanical Quilt Sew Along

Send Doreen or Dawn your block photos if you can't link a blog up mid-month and would like to share them here.

Only a few more days until the August block reveal!
Happy Stitching,
Doreen & Dawn

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Mid Month Progress Report - Month 10 Lily

Esther's Lily block was our inspiration this month.
More wonderful blocks this month!
Be sure and visit the blogs linked up below the post.

Beautiful batiks on a soft gray ground...

Quilt as you go - embroidery embellishment...

Soft, rich wool....

1930's reproduction fabric - hand quilted as she goes...

Colorful prints on high contrast ground color....

Two blocks! Hand dyes on hand dyed black ground...

French General...

A variety of batiks...

19th Century Reproduction Fabrics...

Be sure and visit the blogger's linked below to see more beautiful blocks.
Also visit the Facebook project page HERE, I highly recommend a visit to the 
photo albums.

There's still time to join the sew-along - you don't want to miss the exciting 
upcoming announcements!

Happy Stitching,
Doreen & Dawn

Thursday, June 30, 2016

D-2 Lily Month 10

Original Block

"The ink has faded the writing on this block. Is it "Meadow Lily"? True folk artists take a common item and interpret it creatively, which Esther Matthews did for this unknown flower." ...Neva Hart

Inking Detail - Lily Block

How will you ink yours?

I used the name on the pattern, Moolon Lily.

That was before I saw the original block and Neva's notes.
I look forward to seeing your choice.

I take my blocks along when traveling so I baste ahead as much as possible.
Sometimes that means skipping petals in between and having leaves basted in other areas of the block.

Alternating the petals gives you room as you stitch down the points where they come together at the base.
After stitching the first petals down, I basted the alternate petals in place.

The alternate petal is basted in place after the side
petals are stitched
Ready for the center circle

Because my blocks are small, I am using embroidery for the color at the top edge of the petals. I used two rows of stem stitch, with 2 ply of cotton floss.

In this photo you can see the three petals meeting at the stem. 

The last step is to cover the meeting points with appliqué circles.

My Finished Block

However you decide to appliqué your block - enjoy every stitch!

We are looking forward to seeing your blocks.

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Come back to the blog at the middle of the month for the link up and again at the end of the month for show and tell.

Do you have a favorite block?

Happy Stitching,
Doreen & Dawn

More Show & Tell - end of month 9

We had lots of wonderful block submissions this month for Show & Tell.
Here are a few more glorious Sunflowers:

We also have a few participants just beginning and/or working at their own pace
It's never too late to join in!

Marcia and Nancy are up to date and have grouped their blocks together to share with us. You can click on the pictures for a larger view:

Stay tuned... tomorrow we will announce the block for July (month 10)

Happy Stitching!
Doreen & Dawn