BM&I #40: Parterre Block 5

And here’s the next one.

This is Block 5:

I rather like this one. It’s more traditional in colour than some of the others, but I couldn’t resist the combination of the spot and almost ikat design of the grey, black, white and green print. What you can’t see very well in the photo is that the orange ribbon is printed with tiny flowers. I’m getting better at keeping the circles round, and I’ve experimented with making the blanket stitch width larger. It prevents fabric pulling out of the stitching, but I find it just a tiny bit in your face. Back to the smaller size next time, I think – it’s a matter of 3.0 instead of the larger 3.5 stitch width.

With Bougainville Nights almost complete, I’m casting about for the next quilt assembly WIP. I’m thinking it’ll be my last BM&I project, the Hatbox Quilt. Hmm… that could mean posting about two projects at once for my end-of-month selfish sewing.

Bee, Myself and I is a forum for ‘selfish sewing’; any stitchery which is purely for pleasure and not to a deadline or for anyone else. The original concept belongs to Carla of Granny Maud’s Girl. To find out more, you can click through on either her blog link, or using the button a fair way down in the left hand column of this blog.

More next month!

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30 thoughts on “BM&I #40: Parterre Block 5

  1. Dayphoto says:

    This quilt is ever so much fun!

  2. I love this colour combination too …. the larger stitch I like too … gives a very defined line 💖

  3. The blanket stitch looks so easy but it’s not especially going around a circle. You are excellent at it. They are all wonderful squares but what else could I say, you are an excellent quilter.

    • katechiconi says:

      You have to resist the temptation to do too many before you turn the piece. 4 stitches, turn, 4 stitches, turn. I think this *may* turn out to be one of my all-time favourites.

  4. nanacathy2 says:

    I thought you had been hand sewing the buttonhole stitch! I like this one very much indeed. My favourite though is the hat box quilt.

    • katechiconi says:

      Good grief, no! Life is too short, and my sewing machine does a very nice blanket stitch (which unfortunately only goes right to left, not left to right as well). I too love the hat box quilt, but that’s someone else’s design. This is all my own, so it’s hard to pick a favourite!

  5. tialys says:

    I was just thinking how good you are getting at those circles perfectly rounded.
    Looking forward to seeing your hatbox quilt completed too.

    • katechiconi says:

      It really helps to baste the pieces down first; they don’t shift, and while glue or fusible would hold them rock steady, it does stiffen the whole piece. I learned the art of blanket stitching tidily with the Hatbox quilt, the trick being not to hurry. That one’s next on the agenda, but I’m not in a hurry for it, I’d like to make a few more garments first, I think.

  6. claire93 says:

    you really have an eye for mixing colourful fabrics together!

    • katechiconi says:

      Some of the partnerships are quite unlikely, aren’t they. Sometimes I just throw all the pieces onto my work table and see which ones seem to catch my eye the same way, and then pair those. The leaves have to work together, but the flowers can play solo.

  7. KerryCan says:

    I need to remember this color combination for a weaving project–wouldn’t it make spiffy kitchen towels?

  8. Wow! What a cute and clever block 🙂

  9. I really like that larger blanket stitch – especially on the ‘stem’ (I zoomed in to check!) So very, very neat – and 3.5mm is actually really rather tiny for blanket stitch, isn’t it?! I’ve only used it on real blankets!

    • katechiconi says:

      I keep reminding people that the blanket stitch is done on my sewing machine, I can’t take any credit for it, except to make it happen in the right place! You’re right that it’s still quite small, but as it’s holding appliqué pieces in place, it needs to be close together. The larger size is easier to control, but I think the smaller size is just a tiny bit neater, maybe…?

  10. knitnkwilt says:

    Cute block indeed! And very round circles. A real accomplishment!

  11. rutigt says:

    I like it! Especially the gray fabrics!

  12. Joanne S says:

    May be traditional, but I like the colorfulness of it. I squinted very hard and *think* I see the flowers on the ribbon. 🙂 This block has very nice form.

    • katechiconi says:

      It has a simple but satisfying symmetry. Sorry about the alliteration! I like that the fabrics do all the work of expressing the ‘flowerness’, and the shapes are plain and geometric.

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