Well, to be honest - I don't have a garden. But my cousin has one: a nice, very green and pleasently cool place where I spend many hours during the summer. Today I would like to take you for a stroll through this wonderful place.
The garden is dominated by a lot of purple lavender which is
Well - this block looks really easy. Quite a few pieces but nothing that would pose any problem.
First I cut all the pieces, checked the numbers once again and started sewing. Then I realized that one large green square was missing. Looked everywhere but it was gone. Cut another square and did the 4 center squares.
Started sewing the "flying geese". Sewed half of them and then realized that the placement of the the red and blue triangles needed some thinking. Ironed the four "flying geese" and laid them out with the big triangles. Decided where the red and blue triangles had to be on the other 4 "geese". Realized that 4 other squares I (think I) did cut were gone. Nowhere to be found. Cut another 4 squares. Checked the placement of the blue and red triangles once more and made the 4 remaining "geese". Had it all wrong. At this point I did stop and called it a day.
The next day I sewed all the parts together - no problem at all.
So here's the block "Focal Point" by Natalia Bonner.
Block 2 of the sampler is all about butterflies. It was a bit tricky as the block is 6 x 6 inches (15 x 15 cm) and consists of 46 pieces. One square is 1 x 1 inch (2,5 x 2,5 cm). But nobody said it would be simple. And to be honest - that's what I like about it: simple and easy would be boring.
Ups - I did it again! I know it's not so good an idea but I couldn't resist. I really tried hard. Really. But its too good to not be part of it.
It is THE SPLENDID SAMPLER
100 blocks in a year - 2 blocks each week. 2 blocks per week sounds managable (although I already know that I will fall back from time to time).
I decided to use only fabric that I already have. This is not a big sacrifice as my stash is really large. I searched for all my little pieces of hand-dyed and marbled fabric - this will be my color palette.
I was anxiously waiting for the first block and on February 14 it was in my in-box. "Hearts Aflutter" - the perfect block for Valentine's day. One block done - 99 to go.
I will share with you memories of the place I love the most: Tuscany. I will not show you pictures of all the famous sights (you will know them already) but of the small things and the landscape. When I am looking at the photos I can immediately feel the heat, smell the fragrance of the pine needles and taste the wine. What a beautiful place and how many great memories!
Ok - I have to show you one sight. It's - in my opinion - the most beautiful building in the world: the Campanile (bell tower) of Florence.