Monday, June 22, 2009

New Block of the Month Pattern Block Four

A lovely old Grandfather clock and a little cheeky mouse make up the theme of block four in my new block of the month quilt pattern. You guessed it, it's Hickory Dickory Dock.

One of my passions is collecting old furniture and memorabilia. My parents always had a fascination for old things and I have many a fond memory spending hours at country auctions. Often this was not as idealistic as it sounds. Many a day was spent in stifling heat and dust waiting , waiting waiting for that treasured item to come up in the sale. But during these outings I learned a lot from Dad about what to look for in a quality piece. And before long I also had the bug and started dragging my poor husband off to as many sales as I could find.

So when it came to thinking about the Grandfather clock my little mouse would scamper up, I knew it had to be old. I am constantly amazed at the attention to detail and craftsmanship found in old furniture. And clocks are among the best examples.

Do yourself a favour and spend a few minutes to admire the beautiful detail on these Grandfather clocks.

And here is the top of my clock.

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Then there was consideration for the little mouse who would go running up the clock until the hour of one. Would he be white?

Or would he be brown?

Or maybe Gray or maybe Tartan

Here's what I decided.

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I had heaps of fun creating this block.

block of the month pattern block4

Stay tuned for the next one in the block of the month pattern series, it's coming soon.
Until then.
Warmly Lenna

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

New Block of the Month Pattern Block Three

Rolling around at sea in a pea green boat is the inspiration for the third block in my new block of the month quilt pattern. You guessed it it's the Owl and the Pussycat. Such a strange combination when you consider the temperament of a cat compared to that of an owl, which is probably why this delightful pair get along so well.

The version above has the pussycat looking ever so formal and here is another version which brought a smile to my face.

I have to confess that I am not normally a cat lover although I could easily find a place for this little fellow in my home.
And here is yet another whimsical interpretation that I have included here because it is so unusual.

I have to confess that when I started sewing my version of The Owl and the Pussycat I got so carried away with the design that the boat was almost could I. We all know that it was pea green after all.
And here is a peek of my Owl looking warily at his companion.

Who is the Cat.

And they are bobbing along amongst the waves having a delightful time.

Which is your favourite block so far?
Stay tuned block four coming soon.
Warmly Lenna

New Block of the Month Pattern Block Two

My new block of the month pattern is slowly emerging and I am excited to share with you block two Hey Diddle Diddle. For those of you unfamiliar with this nursery rhyme it involves a cat and a fiddle, a flying cow, a little dog, and a dish running away with a spoon.

Hey Diddle Diddle had always been a favourite of mine. I think it has to do with the novel idea of a cow flying over the moon. Being a country girl at heart I just had to include the cow in my design.
Seems this cow flying concept has inspired many an artist and craft enthusiast.

I even have a cup cake to share with you whose maker obviously enjoys this rhyme as well.

And here is a glimpse of my version in needle and thread.

And a little village below.

Hope you like it.
Any guesses as to which one I will be revealing next?
Stay tuned. More block of the month pattern blocks coming soon.

And for those eager to start making this quilt I am planning on launching the set of patterns and monthly pattern program in September.

Chat again soon.
Warmly Lenna


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