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I have 5 blocks for this week:
Now my beloved Chuck Nohara blocks.
I don't do hearts often so I had to come up with another motif finish the block. These pretty flowers are from French General fabric and I like the way it finished. I purposely lapped the motifs over the stems to give them more of a sense of belonging.
I was not in the mood for symmetry when I made this block. It is such a great block but I decided to change it up with some asymmetry but with balance. Most of the design is inside the circle which makes it interesting along with the odd numbers of elements.
Here are some of the butterfly blocks from Chuck's book. I wanted to make the one in the upper left corner with the pieced fabrics but I did not like the shape. So I combined several to make one butterfly. The wing is reverse applique. I like it okay except I wish I had cut the fabric more at angles like the first butterfly. This block gave me the chance to try out a technique new to me-that is using strips sewn together-a technique which can be very effective.
I call this block "The Curious Flowers" because they look for all the world like they are busy inspecting the ladybug. You can see I changed the block a bit but not much.
Speaking of ladybugs.......I have been promising to show you more of my Caswell quilt and the ladybugs reminded me. Here are two sections of the quilt which the lady bugs have claimed as their own.
This section also has snails, and a hummingbird. You can see how I have sewn birds and bugs over the seams of the blocks to break down the viewer's first recognition of the quilt as composed of blocks. The ladybugs tell their story over two of the blocks as to the snails, the hummer, the moth and the honeybee.
Here is the second grouping of ladybugs and also a bird perched on a leaf singing a birdsong which I "composed". Again you can see an example of the unity which was my goal.
Free motion quilting-check! Done this week-lesson 8. One more and we begin the borders. I decided to work on only one sampler at a time. Here is progress so far:
This has been a fun sampler and I will be sorry to see it end but I have another one in the planning.
Here is Mrs Blossom Muggles inspecting the start of the abandoned sampler:
She is such a big help with her praise and insightful criticism. She is also a clown. Here she is pretending to be a vam-purr:
I decided to set this sampler aside because I am not sure if the FMQ in this sampler, while nice, will suit the direction I want to go to learn methods and means of quilting around applique.
I also have three photos of the little dinosaurs which visit my backyard:
This is a Eurasian ring neck dove. We have several. They are a soft white grey and much larger than the usual doves. They really enjoy teasing Yoshi, our outdoor cat, who like to stalk them only to have them fly off at the last minute.
Can you see the hummer? Just barely! I will have better photos in the fall when many, many visit our feeders.
This is a female hairy woodpecker. She likes to eat ants from the feeder and also likes the sugar water as a sort of sap.
I have two wonderful new countries who visited this week: Sweden and Finland! Lucky me! I am very pleased you visited. My mother's family comes from Sweden. I added the flags to the growing list.
Well, I think I have covered all topics. I am so pleased when you visit and leave a comment. I read all the comments and just love them and will respond if you are not a no-reply blogger. I want to know what you are working on!
This week I will be linking to those great blogs: Slow Stitching Sunday, Patchwork Times, Em's Scrapbag, Esther's WOW, Let's Bee Social, NTT, Whoop, Whoop. and Off the Wall. Visit as these are awesome blogs!