April Blocks

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April’s blocks went quite fast – maybe due to the fact that I started putting the blocks together. They seem quite different when joined, and I’m pretty amazed – I like them even better this way. For B4 and B1 I … Continue reading

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April’s blocks

I’ll be sending April’s blocks out later today and I am hoping there won’t be any errant blocks floating around the stratosphere instead of in your inboxes where they belong.

Webmeister Jenn and I talked about it the other day and she suggested it may be a setting with the recipients’ internet providers halting mail with too many attachments.

I think there is probably nothing that I or any of you can do about that so we will just carry on and keep our fingers crossed.

But the blocks are being sent out today, so if you haven’t received them by tonight then please let me know asap.  I will be in the USA for three weeks and won’t have my computer with me so I won’t be able to resend any after Wednesday.

But enough of all that boring techno stuff 😉

before I show you the blocks for the month I want to show you a photo of my completed Maltaville Quilt top

image of my Maltaville Album Quilt

Finished, well the top 🙂

Can you spot a block fabric change I have made?

I’m taking it to the US with me as I’ll be meeting up with a few of you and I thought you might like to see it.

This month for mailout # 15 you will see

image of Block H6

Block H6

This Margo Krager Dargate Prussian Blue c 1830 (above) has been such a favourite fabric for this quilt.  It’s been perfect for so many blocks, four plus the centre block tho you’d be hard pressed to recognise it there, it’s in such small pieces.

Another Margo Krager Dargate Prussian Blue c1830 appears below and again this one has been one I keep coming back to.  It appears in four blocks.

image of Block F1

Block F1

Block B4 I blogged about on Quilt Station a while back so you can read more about it by clicking here

image of Block B4

Block B4

The name on the original block is Mary C or L Waterbury or Waterburg.

And lastly this month there will be

image of Block B1

Block B1

happy stitching

til next month

Margaret

ps, please scroll down and see Ady’s two recent posts of February’s and March’s blocks, they’re fabulous

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March Blocks

First was the little cherry wreath – pure delight. (Sue garman’s Lilly Rosenberry quilt is next on my to do list, once Maltaville is finished, so this is good practice). Then the wreath – instead of bluish green and brown, I chose a really dark green to go with the pink, and think it’s OK. For the large floral shape I really went to town – a rather large blue obmre print by Mimi Dietrich, with an amazing Turkey red that needs a large shape to really shine. I love the combined effect of both. Last came the blue wreath shape – here I used one of the really old Smithsonian fabrics (either Rising Sun or Groom’s Quilt, I’m too lazy to leave the computer and check the selvedge) with the buds done in fussy-cut flowers from one of the Dutch Chintzes. Although at first I wasn’t sure about all that blue, I like the result.

Yay, only eight more blocks to go!

 

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February Blocks

I was a bit behind on my blocks, so made an effort to finish February and March at one go. I started with the little wreath, because it’s so sweet. Then on to the large flower shape, whereI deviated from the original and opted for a favorite – a quirky blue ombre and gold from the Delaines fabric line, which I love. Althoug a bit bold, I’m pleased with the result. The on to the bunch of grapes. My apologies, Margaret – I dislike Broderie Perse and try to avoid it whereever I can 🙂 None of my rose prints worked here, so instead I appliqued two stray vine leaves, and hope the original maker will forgive me. For H 5 I chose another old favorite – a two-tone blue chintz from the (I think) Newark museum repro line, teamed with a lovely, really old blue ombre from the Calico and Chintz repro line. This month’s favorite? Probably the Delaine flower shape, although they’re all pretty.

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March mail-out

I’m going to put my PS at the start just to be different because !!! I’ve just realised I forgot to hit publish on Saturday, 😦

For those of you who joined the program at or near the start, your final payment instalment has been processed by Paypal and you’ve had notification emails from Paypal to say your profile has been cancelled.  That is all in order even though there are still more mail-outs.

March, April and May are still to be sent.

And good news, April will be sent early as I leave for the States on the 18th of April, but get back in time to send May’s on schedule.

I spent a few hours on Thursday sewing some of the blocks together, I still have 3 more blocks to stitch but I wanted to make a start on the assembly. . .I’m just too impatient 🙂

image of Maltaville blocks

Maltaville coming along nicely

I’ll show you more pics soon as I will get the top together asap.

But for now it’s mailout # 13 and here’s what’s coming next week.

image of block B7

Block B7

image of Block F3

Block F3

F3 has those fiddly calyxes the same as the centre block I’m afraid, but there’s only eight.

To make up for it there’s also an easy one.

image of Block G8

Block G8

I don’t think I had used that particular blue ombre in the quilt before, it has been in the Maltaville fabric basket for ages though.  I must have not had the right block for it before.  It’s a Mary Koval fabric and is perfect for this block and the next one.

image of Block F7

Block F7

Now I see that everything is very ’round’ this month.

Happy stitching everyone,

Margaret

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February mail-out

The weeks race by so quickly that it’s just about time to send out four more patterns.

I hate to do a post immediatedly after Ady’s latest blocks so please scroll down to the previous post to see what Ady has done, stunning as always.

While I think of it too, this last month I have had a couple of emails to advise that block mail-outs haven’t arrived, and they weren’t in spam, just vanished.  But I want to let you all know that the blocks do get sent on the 22nd of each month (touch wood I have haven’t been late yet) so if you haven’t received them by the 23rd, they have been eaten in cyberspace and please, please let me know.  It is no problem to send them again.

Alrighty, I have been sewing up a storm and have just cast my eye over the design wall to see what will got out to you this month.  There’s a lot to choose from at present.

image of Block H5

Block H5

Too easy 😉

There has to be a couple of quick ones this month and here’s the other easy one.

image of Block H1

Block H1

This is the first version I made of this block but now that my quilt is nearing completion I decided to make a second version as I was undecided about the colouring of the one above.

Block H1

Block H1 mark II

I know I like the colouring better of this one above, but I didn’t have much of the fabric and so was not able to fussycut as precisely as I would have liked.

I’m not sure what to tell you really except the jury is still out for me, but if you can find a good clear stripe with different width bands it should work well.

This next one’s not difficult but a little time consuming, I think it’s been long enough since the centre block to tackle some more grapes, yeah 🙂

Image of Block F2

Block F2

I’ve just noticed I missed the embroidered stem to attach the grapes. . . I will add that soon.

I live in a wine growing area and, having done my share of grape picking over the years,  know that at many vineyards you’ll see a rose bush planted at the start of a row of grapes.

Early on I understood this is because the rose bush is an indicator of the health of the grape vines, that is the rose will get any disease first and you can take evasive action promptly to keep your income producing grapes healthy.

However one of my closest friends is a viticulturist and as I was sewing this block I brought that subject up with her.  She told me that doesn’t really hold true, if those roses have disease you’ve already got problems with your grapes and vines.  Anyway they sure look pretty at the end of the row when you’re picking and so maybe that’s their real purpose.

And this one . . .

image of Block C3

Block C3

is not really tricky either.  I love the leaf shapes in this.

Don’t forget to take a look at Ady’s blocks from January immediately below this post.

happy stitching,

Margaret

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January Blocks

As usual, a pleasure to make. Fabric selection for the iris was a bit problematic, as none of my blues looked right with the purple I chose. I ended up using a non-repro – a Robert Kaufman dark blue modern ombre that seems to work. My favorite this month is the A5 block, which was an opportunity to use one of my brightest Dutch chintzes.

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