Saturday, January 12, 2019

A Perfect Garden and More

I finished the last two blocks for "A Perfect Garden".


The Pomegranate block.  Not hard at all.


The Grapes.  Yikes!  The most complicated block of the nine.  There are no layout sheets for the blocks so I created my own.  The blocks are twenty inches square.  I used freezer paper for drawing the layout.  Freezer paper is eighteen inches wide so I had to tape on some extra to get the correct width.  I played and played with drawing lines for the trellis.  I finally got it to the shape I thought looked like the picture.  Then the curly stems .....there was only one pattern piece given and it did not exactly fit or look like the same shapes in all parts of the block.  So modifications of those pieces and I hoped for the best.  I am satisfied with the block in the end.

 I started a new project from a pattern I have had a good while called "County Fair".  You would think a country fair quilt would have pigs and cows but there are none.  I have the four horses done and one of the corner heart blocks.  I am not in a hurry to finish the project.


I don't think I shared the pot of flowers applique block I did a couple months ago.  It will be the center medallion of a quilt.  I did not have a large enough piece of the background so I pieced it and got it to the size I needed.


My brother and his wife are coming next Friday for a visit.  He wants to learn how to make a quilt.  The pot of flowers is for his quilt if he wants to use it.  I am going to show him how to rotary cut and sew nine patch blocks.  He knows how to operate a sewing machine.  I like that someone 83 years old still has the desire to learn a new craft.

Have a wonderful weekend and take time to sew.

Karen

20 comments:

Jeanna said...

The grapes block is absolutely amazing, Karen. And I love the pot of flowers, too. It warms my heart that your brother (83!) wants to learn to quilt. Is this the same sister-in-law that was just with you in December?

Cathy said...

I love your blocks. Do have a phot of the Country fair quilt? I think it's great that someone wants to learn to quilt...83 is the perfect age. Hugs

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

First I really love the winter quilt in your header--it is my kinda of quilt!!!
love the blocks and you did a fantastic job in designing that lattice and grape block--
don't you love freezer paper--I use it alot when doing applique!!!
and your brother wants to learn to do quilting--now how truly fantastic is that and at 83--I hope I am still wanting to learn new things when I am 83!!!
have fun with family when they get there--
luv, di

belarmina said...

Karen preciosos bloques. las uvas y la celosa impresionante!!!
Que bien me suena que tu hermano quiere aprender, disfruta con su visita
Saludos

Robin said...

Oh, the grape block is wonderful! I'm sorry it was so difficult to fit it all together. Doing the applique is a joy but the engineering of the block can be so frustrating sometimes. (But always worth it!!!)

WoolenSails said...

You make such beautiful blocks and more patience than I do when it comes to small pieces.
I lucked out and found some patterns in a thrift today. I bought the nautical quilt to a local store and she had nothing that matched.
I am thinking of adding extra to the top and bottom so I can make a small lap quilt and adding extra appliqué and maybe a saying. Now if i can find the right shades.

Debbie

Sheryl said...

Hi Karen wonderful blocks my friend and look the new look of your blog xx

Frog Quilter said...

My grandmother started quilting at age 70. If the desire to learn is there, that's all you need.

Nice applique.

Little Penpen said...

Those grapes!! I can only imagine how tedious that one was. They are all so beautiful. And your brother is going to make a quilt....he's my hero!!! I hope you will share pics of his sewing lessons with us.

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

You did an excellent job both blocks are so pretty!

Lin said...

I like your garden blocks - you have made a great job of the grapes and trellis! Good luck to your brother - well done him. xx

Kyle said...

Grapes may be a sweet fruit to eat, but they're a challenge to applique. Your block is wonderful and you got the design drawn up perfectly. Keep us updated on your brother's progress. Good for him!

Pat said...

The block with all the grapes got me right away....a beautiful design! (I got over my fear of circles/berries by using Karen Kay Buckley’s Perfect Circles - maybe not everyone’s approach, but it works)

Karen in Breezy Point said...

I think it's awesome that your brother is going to take up quilt making--never too late to learn something new! You did a wonderful job of creating your grapevine trellis! It's just beautiful! Happy stitching!

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

Oh that grape block is spectacular! Great job! How neat that your brother is wanting to learn a new craft.

Janet O. said...

Your fabric for the pots in the first two blocks is wonderful! And all those grapes just boggle my mind! (But then, so does all this applique!)
Great horses. Interested to see the quilt they will call home.
That last block for your brother's quilt is beautiful. I love that he wants to make a quilt.

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Oh my those "Perfect Garden" blocks are sensational. Absolutely stunning. You have been busy this already month! I think is is fantastic that your brother wants to learn to quilt. I don't think I could get one of my brothers interested in quiltmaking at any age! My Quiltmania magazine arrived on Saturday. Our quilts look great. What a thrill!

Barb said...

Beautiful Applique' blocks! yay for berries.
Love those horses too!

Linked By Threads said...

I am amazed at your brother's interest in quilting! so fabulous!

Lori said...

I hope you have a blast with your brother!! Sewing or not! Love the center block for a medallion.
Your blocks turned out so wonderful!! Those berries! Yikes!