Thursday, November 26, 2009

Around the Block - December

It was Sheridan's turn to send out fabrics for the Around the Block Swap this month.  I absolutely adored Sheridan's choice of fabrics, they were all from the grey and green color palette, and although the fabric pieces were small, there were lots of them.


The overriding theme for the blocks requested by Sheridan was squares, with some symmetry, no wonkiness and a variation in block size was also encouraged.  I really enjoy piecing and therefore these blocks were a joy to make.


And now for something completely out of my comfort zone!  Last week I saw a tutorial on One Flew Over  for a gorgeous Linen Scarf.  It looked so wonderfully easy to make that I was tempted to have a go at this myself.

 Printed fabric:  Liberty of London - Tana Lawn

I don't sew clothes - I struggle (and shudder even at the thought!) to take up the hem in pants and skirts, but this was truly easy, and the end result was even better than I expected.  I love the scarf, it was intended as a Christmas gift, but I am struggling with the idea of giving it away.  I can see myself wearing this, and may just have to make some more for the Christmas stockings.

Thanks for the tutorial Kate!  This was seriously easy, and I now have a very classy scarf!  You can find the tutorial here.

Also to all the US readers of my blog I wish you all  happy and safe Thanksgiving Holidays!

21 comments:

  1. We are really on the same wave length today! I just did Sheridan's blocks too!

    Love yours, especially the Kerchief girl...gorgeous!

    LOVE, LOVE the scarf! It looks fantastic and I hope you do keep it x

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  2. WOW Chaletgirl has a great blog! I'm her newest follower :-) And those green & grey blocks for Sheridan are fabulous! They're very close to what I had in mind for my VQB month... great inspiration!

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  3. I LOVE the mini patchwork quilt square! How fun!!!

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  4. I love the blocks! And the green / grey combo is gorgeous. I don't blame you for wanting to keep the scarf! Very pretty.

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  5. The blocks are lovely but that one in the middle - ah! Gorgeous!

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  6. Absolutely beautiful blocks and the scarf is super lovely. No wonder you are loath to give it away! I think that Sheridan has chosen the most perfect combination of fabric patterns, colours and block style.

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  7. Rita, you have made blocks beyond my wildest expectations and I am so, so thrilled! Thank you very much!

    And that scarf is stunning! That is one of my favourite Liberty prints, and you have used it so well.

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  8. Oooh very nice Rita. You have inspired me for the block I am doing for my quilting bee .. I have been struggling with it today but I feel I can now press on!

    (p.s only a few stitches to go on the binding of my green tiles ... you'll be the first to know when it's done ;)

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  9. The blocks are lovely Rita, I love the colour combination and the layouts are great.
    The scarf is just beautiful!

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  10. Ahhh grey....I really love grey...grey with anything but especially green...I think those are my two favorite colors.

    You can't sew clothes...I just can't wrap my head around that...I mean you sew the best straight lines around and that is mostly what it is!:)

    I sewed my first label on a runner for my friend's 5oth birthday present...I blogged about it....I can see I am going to think of you every time I sew one of those on a project!:)

    Thanks for the Thanksgiving greetings...I am thankful for finding your blog!;)

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  11. The blocks are wonderful! I just love the colors. Sometimes I struggle too when I make a "gift". Especially if I think I might like it for myself. Like you I will tend to make more. Thank you for the Thanksgiving wishes.

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  12. Beautiful blocks! I love the selection of prints - so many different ones!

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  13. I love the blocks, and double love the fabric she chose. Wonderful.

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  14. Nice fabric picks, but I was really drawn over from Flickr by that scarf! I love the combo.

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  15. I must say, it is refreshing to see a block swap that isn't wonky! I just love that colour combo.

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  16. Ha! I'm exactly the same as you.... I quilt... I don't sew clothes.

    Too scary.

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  17. Love your blocks, such refreshing colours. Your scarf is greattoo, think I'll be making one myself.

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  18. Nice work on the scarf :)

    Love the colours and fabrics Sheridan chose and you've used them very well indeed. She's going to have a lovely quilt!

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  19. I love the grey and greens together, how fresh and beautiful. Your liberty linen scarf looks fabulous Rita xo

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  20. A ha! I popped into Patchwork on central park too and picked up some linen and liberty and made a scarf! Mine is for my mum, but I got enough of the liberty to make another for me, just have to get another piece of linen. I love them, and it really was such an easy project. Shame that nice linen is so exxy...

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  21. Why thank you...it was indeed a lovely Thanksgiving. I love your scarf!

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