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/ Monday, 26 April 2010 /
Flower blocks
I'm back from Nashville, and I feel duty-bound to report that I went to two fabric shops.  I was so close to Paducah, but, alas, not close enough to attend the quilt show.  I did pick up a few things - not too much, since I had customs/duty to consider on my return, plus any potential charge for overweight baggage.  A couple of fat quarters and some yardage of Echino linen found their way into my suitcase *rubs hands and chortles*.
Granny's Flower Garden blocks
While I was away, I received some of the amazing blocks that have been made for me by the members of the Modern Tradition Quilt Bee.  I want to show them to you, but it will probably take more than one post to do so.  Since everyone made two blocks, I have 18 so far, including the four that I made in February.  There are another six or so to come in.  I started with the pattern Granny's Flower Garden, but asked the bee members to be creative and adapt the pattern however they would like, keeping the blue/green flower centre and the background strips consistent.  I sent fabrics in several colourways: red, dark/light pink, yellow and orange.  The background is Essex linen in putty.

Here's one from Lydia.  Can you see how she made crazy-quilt pieces on the sides of the flower?
From Lydia
I love this one from Norma.  See how it's almost symmetrical, except for two blocks.
From Norma
And how about this one from Melissa?  I think it looks like a pansy!
From Melissa
This one knocks my socks off.  It's from Rachel.
From Rachel
Isn't this one from Leanne so sweet in pale yellows?
From Leanne
Lydia made this one, too, and she added that darling fairy at the top of the flower.
From Lydia
Can you see how Rachel made some of those 2" squares out of tiny four-patches?  Plus she added some Flea Market Fancy!
From RAchel
I think this one from Norma is a real winner.  The horizontal and vertical pieces look woven.
From Norma
Look at these little paisleys around the centre!  I love this one from Sandra.
From Sandra
It was a glorious day yesterday!  I really enjoyed seeing all these blocks flapping in the wind.  I can't wait for the remaining few to come in so I can assemble the quilt top!
Windy day

10 comments:

{ Thelma } on: 26 April 2010 at 16:31 said...

All the blocks are amazing! What's your plan for setting them?

{ Jennifer } on: 26 April 2010 at 16:39 said...

Wow, they are gorgeous! Great job choosing colors; they pop so brightly against that linen.

I'll trade you this one for the bow ties. Deal? You have my address.

{ Dee } on: 26 April 2010 at 16:59 said...

This last pictures is absolutely stunning! Wow! I wish my life looked like that. Happy colors and a little windblown!

{ Lady Docker } on: 26 April 2010 at 17:21 said...

What a lovely post Lesly. It is great to see all our blocks and all your lovely comments about each one. It gives me a warm glow just to think how much our work is appreciated. Really looking forward to seeing how you make the blocks up.

{ Pokey } on: 27 April 2010 at 00:51 said...

Beautiful! Long may they wave!!
(I love the last photo *smile*)

{ Melissa C } on: 27 April 2010 at 09:58 said...

Great blocks and I love the pictures.

{ wishes, true and kind } on: 28 April 2010 at 19:49 said...

Those bee blocks are fabulous! What variety!

{ Rene' } on: 3 May 2010 at 21:32 said...

Lesly, all these blocks are gorgeous! You have a great group. Love the way the blocks look outside on the clothesline.

{ Lara } on: 7 May 2010 at 14:43 said...

Lesly this quilt is going to be AMAZING! I love how each of the block is unique but how well they will all work together! Totally amazing!!!!!

{ Quilter Kathy } on: 4 July 2010 at 10:04 said...

These are really cool...I love how they are all related but unique!

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