Saturday, May 5, 2018

Arranging Sampler Blocks; Third Try is the Charm, Garden Inspiration

Rhododendron heaven at the botanical garden.

My grandson enjoying the rocks and water.

Pond/little stream with lots of frogs and lily pads.

Clematis blooming.

Botanical garden entrance.

Piecing bits for blocks and backings.

Pressing strips and trimming.

My 'Smoky Plum' sampler blocks, first arrangement.

Second arrangement, almost but not quite.

This is the third arrangement, I like this one.

Happy May 5th, other wise known as, Cinco De Mayo!
We're having guacamole and chips with our dinner to celebrate.

We had sun and warm weather this last week so we took a trip back to a local botanical garden with our grandson and his mom. It was just as beautiful as last week, with lots of blooms and new green leaves everywhere. We strolled and watched our little grandson explore and do everything little boys do.
So much color inspiration and lots of pollen, I started sneezing.

I sewed together the final block for my 'Smoky Plum' sampler quilt, pieced liberated style. Then I took some time to get the arrangement just right. So far I'm satisfied with the third try. I'll let it rest a day or two to make sure.
The inspiration for this quilt are as follows; Debbi Jeske, whose class, Improv Piecing, I took last summer at Gossipium Quilt Shop in Issaquah, WA,
and Gwen Marston whose book 'Liberated Quiltmaking 2' is simply one of the best books on the 'liberated' style of quilt making/design out there.

And since 'good design is slow design', quoting Rayna Gillman from her book, 'Create your Own Improv Quilts', I'm going to take my time deciding how to finish this sampler up. 

  That's the news from the shire where spring is in full swing.
Have a good day.
I'll be by to visit.