Thursday, December 1, 2016

B-4 Peony - Month 15

"A robust bouquet in a classic vase form which may have been inspired by the well-known potters in the surrounding counties where Esther lived. Stoneware containers, however, are not footed."..Neva Hart

This block required a little bit of attention to detail when layering some of the leaves and stem work. Below you can see the order in which I stitched my pieces down:
(click on image below for larger view)

It looked to me like Esther used reverse applique' when sewing 2 of the more round shaped buds. That was also my preferred method of sewing them.

As one to "fuss a bit" with flower arrangements, I decided to rearrange the lower bud near the top of the vase and straighten up the stems going into it.

And here is the finished block:

We look forward to seeing your interpretations of this block as well!

Happy Stitching,
Doreen & Dawn

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Remember to come back mid month for more block Show & Tell photos.
You can also email your block photos to us and we can help you share.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

End of Month 14 Pink Touch-Me-Not Show and Tell

End of the month and time to share more beautiful 
Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album blocks.

So many pretty appliqué blocks.

Shona also used a printed fabric for her background.

Great use of a Kaffe Fasset print
for the flowers.

Laurie is doing small blocks.
Love those yo-yo centers and embroidered stems!

All so beautiful!
Thank you for sharing.
You can also share on our Facebook page HERE.
Or, email us your photos and we will be happy to post them.

Happy Stitching,
Dawn & Doreen

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Mid Month Show and Tell C-5 Touch-Me-Not in Pink Month 14

So many beautiful appliqué blocks!

Dianne Miller

Gail Muller
Gail chose to do some fussy cutting, and made her block Violet.
Fantastic, isn't it? gets better...
Gail is doing Quilt-As-You-Go
Her quilt will be assembled after each block is quilted.

Patti grouped some of her blocks together and
shared this group photo

Marcia, Little Pink Rose Quilting

Detail of Pamela's beautiful machine appliqué

Hand quilted, as she goes

Enjoy a few minutes visiting link-up bloggers showing their progress below.
You can also see more blocks on the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album Facebook Page HERE.
Stop back at the end of the month to see more progress.
Email us if you would like us to post your block photos.

Happy Stitching,
Doreen and Dawn

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

C-5 Touch-Me-Not in Pink Month 14

Esther's block from the original quilt

"Double pink" cottons were used circa 1850 for children’s clothing. Two different versions of the print can be seen in this block." ...Neva Hart

Esther's block detail

This is the first block I stitched before I committed to making
the 9" blocks. I had to make sure I could capture the detail
in the flowers.  I enjoyed working with multiple pink and green fabrics.

Some of the buds were worked as one stitching straight across,
with the stem stitched over the top.
Dawn's Finished Block
Enjoy your pink Touch-Me-Not block.

Happy Stitching,
Doreen & Dawn

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Check back here mid month for more block photos.  
You can also email your block photos to us and we can help you share.

Monday, October 31, 2016

End of Month 13 - October Show & Tell

I can't believe it's October 31st already!
No Tricks only Treats to share with you on this All Hallow's Eve!

Some of our friends have been working on blocks from previous months.
Nanette is making her small 8" blocks using wool applique':

Kathie Carey is making larger blocks using traditional fabrics:

And here are more beautiful King's Crown blocks completed this month:

A big Thank You to everyone that shared their beautiful blocks with us during the month of October! And Thank You to each and every one of you for following along and sharing this journey with us!

Stay tuned, the next block of the Sew Along will be announced tomorrow....

Happy Stitching!
Doreen & Dawn

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Mid month Show & Tell - Month 13 , Kings Crown

So many beautiful block pictures have been pouring in....
You may click on any of the photo's for a larger view.
Some in Reproduction fabrics:


I love the embroidery work that Susie added to her little 8.5" block!

Krista is making her blocks in Wool on cotton background prints:

Contemporary - batik and hand dyed fabrics:

Pamela made 2 versions of this block.

And here are some Modern versions:

We look forward to seeing and sharing more wonderful block pictures at the end of the month. If you have just started or are finishing blocks from previous months, please feel free to share them here with us!

Happy Stitching!
Doreen & Dawn

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

C-4 Kings Crown

"Green period print fabric with a ditsy yellow cross was repeatedly used for leaves in most of the quilt’s blocks, indicating that the fabric was specifically purchased new for this purpose." ...Neva Hart

At first glance, this block appeared to be a bit tricky to assemble.
Once I took the time to number the order of pieces however, it really wasn't.
Here is how I approached/assembled this block.....

First,I stitched all the top leaves individually. Second, I treated the lower 4 leaf sections as if they were ONE whole piece. Third, I stitched the top 2 leaves of each mid-section down - also treating them as ONE piece.

Next, I added the flower tubes and then stitched the 2nd pair of mid-section leaves down. (again treating the pair as one piece)

The central stems were added next and then the flowers.

I chose to make the flowers in 2 pieces rather than follow the pattern.
I did this just to dress them up a bit.

The curved base pieces were added to complete the block.

Thank You for your continued support and for sharing this quilt journey with us!

We will publish our mid-month Show and Tell post on Monday the 17th of October. You can share your block pictures by emailing your photo's to us, posting them on our facebook page HERE, or adding your blog links and photo's to the end of the mid-month posts.

Happy Stitching,
Doreen & Dawn