Monday, May 25, 2009

New Block of the Month Pattern Block One

For the last few weeks I have been busy sewing the first blocks for my new block of the month pattern. I am trying to be a lot more disciplined with my pattern writing and have made a new rule for myself. I am only allowed to sew up 3 blocks at a time and then I must write the patterns to correspond. As you can imagine the sewing is much more fun and in previous years I have made the mistake of sewing the entire quilt before typing a single pattern. Very naughty.
I just get carried away with the creating.
Although I take down notes I find that I struggle to remember everything which makes the whole pattern writing task very tedious. So please help me to stay on track.
This week I am proud to report that 2 1/2 blocks are complete and two pattens are written, so far so good!
As promised I am excited to introduce to you my first block based on one of my favourite nursery rhymes Humpty Dumpty.
I had fun researching for this block and thought I would share with you some of the wonderful images I came across.

As you can see lots of Humpty Dumptys in all shapes and sizes.
Here is a glimpse of my very own Humpty Dumpty complete with checked pants and purple buckled shoes.

He sits happily on his brick wall amongst the flowers completely unaware that at any time he could fall!

Here he is peeking out.

And here is the full block.

As you can see I have used a combination of needle turn applique and hand embroidery. My two favourite techniques.
However last week a few keen Redworkers contacted me and inquired as to whether I could release this pattern as a Redwork project as well. Is this something that would appeal to you?
Please feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think.
Would you like to see my Nursery Rhyme quilt in a Redwork version as well?
I would also be keen to know what you think about Block One Humpty Dumpty.

Stay tuned because next week I plan to bring you block two.
Anyone want to guess what nursery rhyme I have based it on?
Chat with you again soon.
Warmly Lenna

PS I have just released two new patterns on the Stitching Cow website, click here to take a peek.
They are currently featured on the home page

Friday, May 15, 2009

My Block of the Month Pattern Research

Here are some of the lovely nursery rhyme illustrations that have inspired my new block of the month pattern. They are all taken from this book.
Hope you enjoy them!

The inside cover

Just wonderful aren't they?

The good news is that block one of my new block of the month pattern is complete, I'll share it with you in my next post.
I thought it might be interesting to post each block as I am working on it and feature the nursery rhyme it is based on as well.
So stay tuned for Humpty Dumpty coming soon!

Warmly Lenna

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Nursery Rhymn Quilt Ideas

For the past couple of weeks my mind has been a swirl with ideas for my new block of the month quilt which will be based on nursery rhymes. I've had heaps of fun looking through favourite nursery rhyme books trying to decide which ones to include. There are so many to choose from and I have fond memories of singing them to my children. My  Miss Eight (almost nine) is very excited by my new design sketches and has eagerly made her suggestions as to which ones to include.

I discovered this image on Flikr today which took me back many years to my childhood. I wonder if Mum still has this album lying around somewhere. I used to play it often.
Does anyone else recognize it?

My Own Nursery Rhyme Record by Jacob Whittaker.


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