Monday, January 21, 2019

My First 2019 Sew Along

I'm not sure what is happening with Blogger. I haven't been getting my comments--so annoying! I have read them on-line though and thank those that take the time to leave me a message!

For the last couple years, I have participated in Bea and Cecile's Quilt Along's on Facebook, so I was looking forward to finding out what the theme would be for 2019.
Bonnie Hunter
In 2017 we did log cabin blocks...this is my Idaho Square Dance (pattern by Bonnie Hunter) that I made from my challenge blocks.

Bonnie Sullivan
Last year it was baskets...and this quilt is the result of that Quilt Along--Cherry Baskets (pattern by Bonnie Sullivan). 

And this year the theme is flowers.
 I spent a lot of time paging through my books and magazines before settling on these Jo Morton books. I had made a small wall hanging from the original book for a "crayon" challenge several years ago. The Encore book has all those patterns, in addition to a large central floral applique as well as some new small blocks. 

The challenge is to post at least 2 blocks each week for eight weeks--a minimum of 16 are required for the Quilt Along challenge. These six blocks have been stitched down, but all of my blocks have been prepped and are ready for stitching. Well, sort of....

Some of the blocks are a bit boring lacking in interest, so I have been adding little bits of applique to them. 

Like this--nothing over the top.

 I added the V shape to these flowers.



This block was still is a problem.
Originally the pink flowers looked like peppers to me, so I made the green sepals and placed them at the top of the shapes. The flowers became strawberries--and they were so cute!. But, duh--strawberries aren't flowers. So I removed the sepals and put them at the bottom of the shapes. Now I'm not sure what kind of flower these could be, and I think my additions are way too big, so I am still pondering what to do with this block. For now, it's at the bottom of the "to be stitched" pile---lol!

This is my most favorite block of all--a bird, of course.
But----not a flower in sight.
Oops!
I hope this is going to count as a flower block!!

23 comments:

  1. Interesting blocks!

    As for the email - I've had to go into the blogger, Settings, Email (down the left side menus), remove my email from the Comment Notification Email box, close the blogger window, go back into in a new browser window, then re-enter my email address and accept the invitation. Don't know if it will do the trick but if you haven't already tried it, it might be worth it. Good luck!

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  2. Oh my gosh! Your blocks are so beautiful and I love how you've made them fit the theme as needed. Wonderful job!

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  3. How fun that you're customizing the blocks to fit your theme. Cute!!

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  4. The dilemma of a blossom hanging down is a difficult one. Maybe if you made the sepals in a flower color it could be like a fuchsia. It's going to be a pretty little quilt.

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  5. I love how you are personalizing your blocks. You’ve made some lovely quilts with this annual challenge.

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  6. Very cute, I like your additions.

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  7. My Jo Morton blocks were made last year but not sewn into a quilt top. I have them setting out where I can see them to remind me to get busy on them. Yours are looking good!
    I have commented previously how much I like those cherry baskets. I enjoyed another view of them.

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  8. Thank you so much Karen for every year participations ! Your flower blocks are wonderful .

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  9. c'est très joli et bien arrangé ! pour les fraises fleurs j'ajouterais des pistiles jaunes ce sera plus léger!!!!!! merci de nous montrer vos mereilles!!!!!

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  10. I love your work! Beautiful!😍

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  11. Your flower blocks are just wonderful! A cute bird makes every block better. As far as blogger, what I did was after I posted, I wrote a comment, then clicked the "email follow up comments" to me and then I got all the comments.

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  12. Love your artistic licence with the blocks Karen! Looking forward to seeing more of this quilt!! Christine xx

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  13. So delightful! These blocks are fabulous. I love your little "additions".

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  14. Oh yes of course the last block is OK ! You have done beautiful blocks ! Thank you for participating again :)

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  15. Your blocks and quilts are amazing. It's easy to see that you are a perfectionist . . . every stitch is perfect.
    Goreous work :)

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  16. The "strawberry" like flowers could have three mini circles hanging below and embrodier some lines to them? Terrible botanical description sorry!

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  17. Your applique is flawless! Wow--so beautiful!
    Love the fussy-cut leaves on the lower right block in the photo of the six blocks together.
    The bird block is darling!
    Excellent work!

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  18. This is a great challenge and i love the start you have made to the blocks. Much better to add your own touches, too.

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  19. Love your quilts and those new blocks! So fascinating the way you have done the fussy cutting!

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  20. Your applique blocks are just exquisite! Gorgeous. (And I'm still in love with the baskets quilt from last year!)

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  21. Just love your Cherry Baskets quilt - is there a link to the sew along?

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