BM&I #43: Parterre blocks 9 and 10

Blocks 9 and 10, ready on time this time!

After running late last time and making a rather dodgy job of it due to the eye problems (all better now, I’m glad to report), I thought I’d better make a bit of an effort. It’s a good job the Husband’s working day shift this New Year’s Eve – we have to go to bed at 8.30pm – or I might have had social plans. Not.

Some favourite scraps used here. The oldest piece is nearly 20 years old; it’s that yellow flower head in the top photo, a scrap left over from a baby quilt I made for a great nephew in about 2001. I really hate throwing fabric away….

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.

Now, the next one is due on my birthday, so I might bring the posting day forward a day, or postpone it, depending on what’s on.

Until then…

37 thoughts on “BM&I #43: Parterre blocks 9 and 10

  1. A beautiful way to end 2019…. & so much more sewing for 2020 .
    HAPPY NEW YEAR MY FRIEND ♥️
    See you in a couple of months 🌹

  2. They are lovely. Happy your eye is better ☺

  3. anne54 says:

    I am glad too that your eye is better. oxo
    The second one reminded me of angel wings; maybe the rather lacy effect of the material.
    Have a lovely evening, and here’s to a calm and healthy 2020!

    • katechiconi says:

      I don’t see it myself, but you’re the artist! A pretty description, and the fabrics are very soft and lacy-looking. Enjoy your New Year celebration; we have just put Mouse into his Thunder Shirt to get him used to it. Fingers crossed it works…

  4. tialys says:

    These are really pretty and a little memory in the yellow flower of your, now grown up, nephew.

  5. nanacathy2 says:

    Absolutely can’t throw fabric away when it is as jolly as the yellow. Really pretty, and great news about the eye.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m not a yellow fan, normally, but this block demanded a nice clear gold, and luckily I had just a scrap left. I hauled it out of the bottom of the yellow/orange scrap basket and had a really clear flashback of making the quilt 🙂

  6. Sharon says:

    BM&I is such a whimsical pattern and the colors are so wonderful. I am really excited to see this one come together. Happy continued healing new year to you and lots of great projects ahead 🙂 hugs

  7. claire93 says:

    this is such a great project for show-casing some of the “very important” fabrics!

  8. kathyreeves says:

    Great news that your eye has healed up so well. I hope the thunder shirt is working well tonight, and I wish you more great sewing and happiness in the New Year, Kate!

  9. magpiesue says:

    I hope you get a good night’s sleep to start the new year off right. Has the eyelid completely healed than? Hurray for that if so! These are another pair of lovely flowers – one of the leaves on the second block looks like a print I believe I have in my stash!

    • katechiconi says:

      The eyelid is 90% there. Still two little tails of the sutures to fall off, and I need to do exercises to stretch the scar. I have to phone for the biopsy results tomorrow, but after that, it’s all done.
      I love working on these blocks; the hardest part is choosing which of the fabrics and combinations to use next!

  10. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Really nice !!

  11. Love these 2 as well as all the others. Something about them resonates. I am also so happy your eye is healing. Can’t do a thing without them. Happy, Happy New Year. Keeping an eye on your fires there. They are holding up mail I think because of them.

    • katechiconi says:

      Glad you like them!
      I know the world is seeing the fires, but you don’t get the whole story; power and phone outages, water running low, exhausted fire fighters, communities and towns entirely wiped out… Yesterday, they closed two of the nation’s major highways to all traffic (so yes, mail IS being held up). People are making it out with their vehicles, families and dogs, and that’s it. We saw footage of a lone car rocketing out of a wall of flame just as the fire trucks were abandoning an area to the flames.
      (https://myfirewatch.landgate.wa.gov.au/)

      • I’m just horrified that they are not getting this under control. It’s heartbreaking. If the mail wasn’t getting through, I knew it was bad. I hope the new year brings real change.. Love and hugs.

      • katechiconi says:

        We’re a continent with almost the same land mass as the United States, but with only just over the population of London. The distances are so huge and the population centres so spread that we cannot keep everything covered. Add to that the years of drought, the fact that we are not permitted to do fuel reduction burns in dry weather, it’s storm season and dry lightning strikes cannot be controlled and the winds are often in the 45mph bracket, and you have the perfect recipe for bushfires. That’s ignoring the temperatures anywhere from 90-115°F and the lack of water…. In the state of Victoria alone (which is mostly what you’re seeing on TV), there are over 300 active Emergency status fires. Here’s to a happier new year.

      • I’m going to keep the link open you sent. Thank you.

      • katechiconi says:

        If you tick all the boxes under Hotspots, you can see the true state of affairs. The page only opens with the most recent ones active.

      • Thanks, Kate. I’ll do that. I see Toowoomba looks quite safe. I’m not sure where you are. I’ll look it up again. The mind is getting a bit feeble. ;(

      • katechiconi says:

        We’re in Mackay, and the nearest fire is about 30kms away and is not considered significant. There are fires in the area, but none close enough to affect either air quality or access. I’m profoundly grateful, but given the time of year, I’m also monitoring the cyclone over Fiji. No sign of the monsoon front and the rain we all need so badly, though…

      • I’ll keep saying prayers for everyone.

      • katechiconi says:

        Every bit helps xxx

  12. rutigt says:

    Throw away fabrics????? Never happens 🙂 Great looking blocks! I have totally forgotten my BMI. Where is it?

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