Oh Yes!!! Today is the day, the first view of Bluebell Woods, in all her glory.
Bluebell was made from Sherri Lynn Wood's book The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters using Score 1, Floating Squares. She is 50.1/2 by 43.1/2inches, and quilted using the serpentine stitch, Bernina stitch 4 set to length 2, width 2.5.
Can you see the bluebells, in three different shades, for as you know bluebells come in many different colours. The trees are arching over on the right, and the blue sky is overhead, peeping through at the top left corner. The gentle rain is falling softly on Bluebell Woods, feeding and nurturing the rich soil. Although I had originally intended to bind the quilt in green with a scattering of bluebells I didn't have enough left, therefor I extended the sky and the trees into the border and added only random bluebells on three sides. However I am pleased with the effect this gives.
I didn't plan the size, I just made the blocks and Bluebell just seemed to take on a life of her own. When it came to putting her together there was very little adjustment to be made. One block was too small by 3 1/2 inches, so I fudged a bit extra which blended in quite well, in fact although I know which block I have trouble seeing the adjustment. On another I added a small strip of background at the side. I did use the rotary cutter on the edges for a very light trim where they were very wavy, and one block was slightly too tall and had just over an inch trimmed off the top. Let's take a closer look.
Can you see the rain now? If we turn her over.......
You can see underneath the surface, the rich dark soil which feeds the woods, and look, there are lots of seeds scattered, ready for the summer flowers, (but there again it could be because I bought the fabric on sale :)
At this point I am supposed to evaluate my experience and results.
If I was to make this score again I would take more care in cutting the pieces, I was supposed to cut the squares in a size range, say 3 to 5 inches for one and 4 to 6 inches for another, in my enthusiasm to get on with it I forgot all about that and just cut whatever, as a result some of the squares were the same size so I didn't add as much background fabric between the squares as I would have. This has resulted in somewhat less of a 'floating' of the squares I think.
Apparently I wasn't supposed to trim the blocks, only odd bits which stuck out and just follow the natural shape of the fabric edges, and I should have added background filler to even up all the blocks instead of trimming the top of one. Well........ that wouldn't have worked with my wavy edges I think, and what's done is done in the trimming, but all in all I'm happy with my decisions to join the blocks as I did. There is a discrepancy on the size, it is slightly longer on one side than the other, and wider at the bottom than the top, but that's ok too.
Did I enjoy the experience? Too right, I loved making it, and I am looking forward to the next score. In fact I wasn't going to keep Bluebell, I was thinking about who I would give her to, but now, I have enjoyed her so much no way can I part with her, so she is mine forever.
But look again, for Bluebell Woods holds a secret known only to a few, do you know what it is?
On Friday The Final Chapter, The Secret of Bluebell Woods will be revealed.
But first, I have news of a giveaway.
As I said yesterday I have no sponsors or affiliates so my giveaway is at my own expense, so, as postage is expensive, and to make it world wide, I am giving away from my own stash. 18, 10inch squares cut from my solids collection, and including 7 textured read as solids. It's 18 because that is how many I have big enough to cut a 10 inch square. Most of these are included in my circles quilt, in fact if you wanted to make it there is enough fabric for all the circles in the quilt, although there wouldn't be enough for the borders.
So, to enter my giveaway, just leave a comment about Bluebell Woods, or the 2016 New Bloggers Blog Hop. For a second entry, leave a comment saying how you follow me. The giveaway will remain open until midnight on Saturday. I will announce the winner next Wednesday. If you are a no reply blogger remember to check back to see if you have won, then email me your address. You can find my email address on my About Me page. I will hold your prize for one week, then re draw if I have not heard from you.
This givaway is now closed. Thank you for participating.
Tomorrow I am so excited to be giving you news of my circles quilt, so please come back then.
Remember to visit the other new bloggers on the blog hop. In Mis Bee Hivin' they are:
Emily @ The Darling Dogwood
Kate @ Smiles From Kate (me)
Miranda @ I Have Purple Hair
Holly @ Lighthouse Lane Designs
I am so looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow,
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