My quilting thoughts and inspirations sprinkled with a glimpse of life down on the farm

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Gardening

It was gardening inside and out yesterday. I got some seedlings planted  —
And after a bit of pottering outside, headed inside for some more (garden) work on The Lorax quilt.
It's time to make some Truffula Trees for this quilt.
I hadn't decided how to tackle the Truffula trees but came across this block (below) recently when I was looking for something else. It's on Cath's Wombat Quilts blog. I used it as inspiration and re-drew it up in EQ8 so that I could play around with the size, finally deciding on a 6" bock for now.
It's an easy foundation pieced block.
A start - yes, I think this will work —
Making up more units —
And a completed block —
A second one —
I have a black and white stripe I thought I could use for the trunks. I had a quick play but don't feel totally smitten with it so I'll think on it some more —

I received some gorgeous mail recently. Joanne of the Threadhead blog is very talented and one of her crafts is weaving. I admired some tea towels she'd made earlier in the year...little did I know that one was heading my way :-)
This design is called Huck Lace (I think!). Lovely!!
Her son has a business making and selling metal cutouts (garden art), and this adorable cat arrived with the tea towel. It has a bent over metal bit along the neck so it can be attached to a post or fence. I'm still deciding where to put it but it will be somewhere visible, that's for sure! 
Thankyou Joanne for your generous and beautiful gift ♥

And now, back to the garden —
I've been trying lately to get my jungle back under control. It doesn't always happen! Being spring, I'm being rewarded with some lovely blooms. 
'til next time,
happy stitches,



20 comments:

Connie said...

Absolutely gorgeous post. Spring seedlings, roses and I love that quilt block. I might want to try that, it looks tricky, but so worth the time and effort. If I lived closer, I'd ask you to show me how.
Happy Springtime!
Connie :)

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

that is the perfect quilt block for that project! have fun with your garden I need to get my fall bulbs done this week

Needled Mom said...

Those blocks are perfect! I can’t wait to see this quilt. Your spring blooms all look so pretty.

Lin said...

Your trees are going to be great for your project. Lovely flowers in your garden and great gifts. xx

Cheree @ The Morning Latte said...

That fireworks block is perfect! Great find!

Jenny said...

Such a lovely gift fancy being clever enough to weave teatowels!

kiwikid said...

Lively post Raewyn, I hope the seedlings grow well for you. The pinwheel block is perfect for the Lorax quilt, love the colours you have chosen. The tea towel and cat are wonderful. Your garden looks amazing so much colour.

Janice said...

The blocks you have chosen are perfect for the trees. I think there is gong to be one very excited grandie when they receive this quilt. Your garden is looking beautiful. I love the last photo with the misty background.

Angie said...

Raewyn - I think you've nailed the design for the trees - well done. I am also admiring your columbine flowers - gorgeous!

Michelle Ridgway said...

Your garden looks delightful! I LOVE your trees for the Lorax quilt! Your seedlings look lovely and healthy. I let one of my favourite lettice go to seed and now I have hundreds of babies lol!

Maria said...

Both your gardening inside and in the Palace are looking good...
The block you've made for the Lorax Trees is fantastic...
Beautiful blooms in your garden.

Maria said...

Oh and what wonderful gifts you received from Joanne and her son.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Your garden is gorgeous, while we are withering for the winter. Love your trees for the Lorax quilt it is going to be awesome and love the weaving you received.

marina said...

such gorgeous flowers blooming in your garden! love your truffala trees, your piecing is always so amazing! love your metal kitten and woven tea towel, such beautiful gifts.

Chookyblue...... said...

The gardens looking lovely.....

Suz J said...

It must be the year for it... I too have decided to give gardening another go. My garden beds are mostly shrubs so flowering roses in other people's gardens are so inviting... you have a delicious spread out there 😍😍

Karen S said...

Great work on the quilt. Lovely idea for the trees.
Your garden is growing well and there is plenty to enjoy.

jude's page said...

Your choice of block for the trees is perfect, and your garden looks fantastic

loulee said...

I think the pinwheels blocks are a good interpretation of the Truffula trees.
Lots going on at your place as always.
See you Saturday.

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

As we head into our winter, it is so nice to see blooms. I always appreciate a garden tour in a post. I also adore your pinwheel blocks and how clever to use a computer program to work them out. Happy Stitching.