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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

NZ Botanical Blocks

The dice rolled one this week, so I’ve been working on my New Zealand Botanical blocks, designed by Jenny Hunter. I’ve stitched them over the last year and a bit, with the earlier blocks stitched while traveling around in the caravan during our South Island holiday.  My first job was to trim them to size.  This is always a bit of a worry, hoping I get the stitchery centred correctly before I start slicing away. 


Then I had to decide how to arrange them.   This one went here and that one went there while I pondered and rearranged the blocks to my liking.  Then I stitched the blocks  together with cream sashing and pale green cornerstones.


It seems that every quilt needs a cat as Gemma decided that a photo of her on the quilt would make it look so much better.


Borders need to be added but this is as far as I can go on this project this week.  No more time for sewing – I’ve an MRI booked for Thursday in Palmerston North.  These are not painful but can be quite uncomfortable and rather noisy as the staff place you “just so” in the machine and you are told not to move!  Then on Friday we are heading away in the caravan for the weekend, must pack my stitching bag to take with me. 

Wonder what the weather will be like while we are away?  The temperatures have certainly dropped lately and the night closes in  so much earlier now.  Hope everyone has a great weekend.

11 comments:

Connie said...

Jenny your quilt is lovely and the embroidery is so pretty. You put a lot of work into it and it's going to be a treasure. Have fun on your holiday and happy quilting.

Sheryl said...

Lovely work Jenny,lol Gemma makes me laugh xx

Jo said...

They are looking great. A pretty quilt in the making.

Karen S said...

Lovely to see this project come up. Great start putting it together.

Maria said...

The blocks look lovely sewn together . Pleased Gemma likes it too.
Hope all goes well with the MIR.
Enjoy your weekend away in the van.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

hope your MRI goes smoothly and you do not have a big medical problem that you do not mention. Love your embroidery blocks

Tired Teacher said...

Good layout: the red in the center block pulls the eye into the quilt.

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

I'm terrible at the lining up and measuring part so yes, I feel exactly like that when the trimming time starts.
But yours all look perfect and I like how you've sashed them. So pretty.
Good luck with your MRI. Some of these things are necessary but a nuisance.

Raewyn said...

I love your blocks Jenny, it's so good to see them at this stage. I must look back through my old NZ quilters for these. I hope your weekend away went well, and the MRI was ok.

Sandra Walker said...

Of COURSE Gemma makes the quilt look better; she takes it from stunning to stupendous!! I love stitchery quilts, have one on the go, but sadly neglected.

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Oooh there is the beautiful Gemma! She does look similar to our Sapphy!

Your quilt blocks are gorgeous and Gemma does make them look better :) xx