Wednesday, May 31, 2017

How The Summer Garden Grows

I love a summer garden in bloom... don't you? Despite the fact that I don't exactly have the greenest of thumbs, I really appeciate a beautiufl garden full of flowers. Nothing gives me more delight than to study each one up close and be amazed with the detail and uniqueness of every little part  that most tend to miss because there is never enough time to just stop and "smell the roses". Just like a summer field, my Chuck Nohara blocks have been growing too!

In preparing my applique templates my summer basket project, I have often found myself on the sunny terrace in the afternoons, or on the sofa in the evening busily snipping away. Sometimes I am too tired to sit at the machine at night, but tracing the templates or cutting them out is the perfect unwinding project.

block # 567

block #404

... and just like all those beautiful details of each individual flower, I have been paying attention to the small, little details in each block. For me I really think a lot about fabrics and placement.

block # 570

I thought that this soft grey fabric was just perfect for this block... especially when you read the text... " plant", "life", "grow"...

 block # 564

If you've ever worked with Anna Maria Horner fabrics, then I don't need to tell you how perfect they are for fussy cutting projects. I'm just sure that she designs her fabrics with this in mind. 

block # 682 (I still have add petals/leaves)

With the exception of the background fabrics, I have mostly been able to pull from my scrap boxes. (which could seriously use having a major dent put in them!)

What's growing in your summer garden?

Linking up this week to Let's Bee Social.


  1. Dear Allison,

    I like seeing your applique garden growing. I love to sit around and do some hand sewing, too. In summer time, theres nothing moree relaxing than sitting outside with a needle and thread. So I agree with you. My summer projects are often some clothings in alabama chanin style.

    Best Mareike

  2. Your appliqué is looking great, how do you do the very sharp points? They look so sharp and with no fraying at all! I've just seen up my first ever mug cozy, I'm feeling wobbly about it, I'm sure I could've made it better, it's for a fundraiser so I guess I'm second guessing myself!? Thanks for sharing some lovely eye candy today:)

    1. Thanks! I find that the starch applique method really helps with the points as far as "holding" the fabric in place. Well, the nice thing about those "first" projects is that they only get better and better when we stick to it.

  3. I can't believe how fast you are with this!! And SOOO precise and perfect! All of the blocks look amazing, but I think I like the cherries block best. I don't even have to tell you I love your fabric choices....

  4. Beautiful blocks Allison. With Summer on the door step my sewing mojo slightly evaporates =) I'd rather play frisbee or have a picnic or laze around in the park. Knowing that I am mindful not to take on too many new projects come Summer =)

  5. Allison, what a great project and beautiful block of yours - you certainly infected me with this - I investigated this Chuck Nohara book and believe me, it will be one of my summer pastimes this and probably next year!! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Hi Petra, well, I certainly hope that you will share more... they really are addictive, aren't they?

  6. Oh, my goodness! These are just beautiful!

  7. Wunderschöne Blöcke! Ich liebe Chuck Nohara!

  8. Gardens in the summer can be problematic -bugs, mosquitoes and ticks. YIKES. Your garden is pure beauty, joy, inspiration and so much loveliness. Your attention to every little detail is outstanding. I am in awe!!!

  9. Love the 570 one. But my have you done some fussycutting on the circles.

    I am currently "growing" an ocean :)


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