BM&I #42: Parterre block 8

Block 8 really has progressed at a snail’s pace.

I had the fabrics and ribbon selected and some of the pieces already cut when my eye problem blew up. It’s only in the past few days that I’ve been able to sew at all. First on the agenda was getting the Opal panels finished, and then I could turn my attention to this.

It’s not the most contrasty or striking version of the block, but I really wanted to use these greys together, and I’m glad I did. I think it works well, and it’ll integrate into all the brighter versions if I place it correctly in the finished layout, probably as a little quiet space between some more hectic prints.

The fabrics are both by Philip Jacobs for Westminster Fibers; the feathers are an old print and the peonies are more recent. It’s a pity that the photo isn’t colour accurate and I can’t seem to adjust it to match the reality better. The very wonky (because eye) centre of the flower is actually a bright fuchsia pink, not red, and the ribbon is a strong, bright orange.

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.

I don’t know if my busy social whirl will allow for making another block to show on New Year’s Eve (yeah, right!), but we’ll see.

Until then…

35 thoughts on “BM&I #42: Parterre block 8

  1. Beautiful as always … can’t wait for the finished product xxx

  2. magpiesue says:

    I know your frustration with color reproduction in photographs. I really like the quiet leaves in contrast with the bright stem and blossom. 🙂

  3. I’m so glad your eyes are feeling better Kate!! I absolutely love your beautiful fabric blossoms. This is going to be fun to watch!❤️❤️

    • katechiconi says:

      Thanks, Tracy, it’s good to be able to see a little better already. I’d scheduled this post a while ago, knowing I’d be in no shape to work on the block round this time. Takes the pressure to post off a little 🙂

  4. Dayphoto says:

    I love these blocks!

  5. Still top of my favourites list of your projects. ❤

  6. anne54 says:

    Those fabrics are beautiful. Of course my eye was taken by the feather…and a guinea fowl feather at that! They will provide a restful spot in the quilt.

  7. tialys says:

    Possibly my favourite so far too – I love those monochrome leaves and they go so well with the background too. You really hit the jackpot with your backgrounds for this project – the ‘artex’ white 😉 and the textured grey work perfectly.

    • katechiconi says:

      Every garden needs the ‘architectural plants’, the ones that don’t have flashy flowers and foliage, as a bit of visual relief. I think the grey was the fabric that kicked this whole thing off; it cried out to be teamed with a pale neutral and a jolt of colour.

  8. nanacathy2 says:

    I love this project, and have only just noticed the suffolk puffs in the centre of the flowers.

    • katechiconi says:

      They don’t show up well in the other photos because they’ve been mainly darker fabrics. I had a lot left over from a previous quilt (were you around for Cloths of Heaven?), and this seemed like the perfect way to use them up.

  9. They look fabulous together.

  10. claire93 says:

    looking fabulous, Kate!

  11. You have an “eye” for color! This is already stunning!

  12. Joanne S says:

    I do love color; but this makes a nice balance. Well done!

  13. I think it’s very restful to the eye. I like it very much and you are probably doing more sewing than you should with your eyes trying to heal. Hugs.

    • katechiconi says:

      This is one of those blocks that you can actually sew for 20 minutes and stop and repeat quite successfully. It was by way of preventing complete quilting-deprivation insanity!

  14. craftycreeky says:

    Those blocks look amazing together!

    • katechiconi says:

      I thought it was time to show them grouped, you don’t really get an idea of the overall effect when you only see one or two at a time, on their own. I’m loving the effect!

  15. […] my last BM&I post, you saw a small piece of fabric featuring all kinds of feathers in shades of grey and light brown. […]

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