Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Back Porch Blooms Sew Along - A Little Progress

At the beginning of the year, I take the time to plan out which quilts are to be finished and which quilts will be started.  This year the plan was really ambitious on finishing off quilts because I wanted to start 6 new quilts.  When I get tempted by a quilt along, the plan is supposed to help me say "no".  In general I do pretty well at saying no.  But when Lea Brummett who blogs at Podunk Pretties posted her tutorial for Back Street Blooms along with a challenge to make one of her very pretty patterns or create your own, my carefully crafted quilt plan didn't stand a chance. 


I'm a sucker for flowers and this block was no exception.  It didn't hurt that there are still some 1930 reproduction scraps that I'd like to get moved out of the stash.  So Lea's block was the inspiration for Blooms and Butterflies. which is supposed to end up looking something like this

  Blooms and Butterflies, Bloom block by Lea Brummett, setting by Kate
  
But at the moment actually looks like this:


Only one of the blooms is actually sewn together, the two on the second row are still in progress.  The framed squares for the border have become my leaders and enders project since Poinsettias is close to being a finished flimsy.  Two butterflies of the 20 something needed for the border are started, but none are completely assembled as yet.  Considering what else is going on in the sewing room, I'm not unhappy with my progress this month.  This has been a really fun project to work on and it's definitely help reduce the 1930 reproduction scraps in the stash.  

You can check out all of Lea's Back Porch Blooms patterns and tutorials here.  Then check out this month's link up to see those patterns reproduced in fabric.  I'm also linking up with Cooking up Quilts Tuesday edition of Main Crush Monday.  

15 comments:

Alison V. said...

These are so cute! :)

Rebecca Grace said...

What cute little flower pots! I love Lea's patterns. You know, I do planning and goal-setting for my business, but not for my quilting. I cut up fabric and sew it back together to relax, not to give myself something else to stress out about or feel guilty about. After all, people who golf or fish or bake or play music to relax don't set goals about how many times they will smack the ball this year, or how they must catch 100 trout before they can catch any other kind of fish, or whatever. I plan to work on whatever I want, start whatever I want whenever I want, and finish nothing except accidentally. ;-)

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I just love your take on this quilt along. Progress at your own pace - this is going to be stunning.

Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts said...

I was tempted to join in on this qa. I love all of the projects that Lea does and she is so generous with her tutorials and patterns. Your flowers look so pretty in the fabrics you are using. Hmm, maybe I could make just one, for a sweet mini quilt..... :)

Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts said...

Oh, and I am definitely with Rebecca Grace on the planning part. I feel like maybe I *should* have a plan, but I just don't. I am so impressed by those who do plan. I just haven't found a way to do it that doesn't give me an ulcer! LOL

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

I love your quilt so far and I too have been very tempted to make something with this pattern, I love flowers and butterflies, but so far have started nothing--but one just never knows????
love and laughter, di

tubakk said...

I love Lea's patterns, and your quilt is tempting me even more to start this project. So we'll see....

Julierose said...

Oh this is really pretty...loving the blues in this one especially--hugs, Julierose

Joy D. said...

Love your progress. It looks like my geraniums right now...they've bloomed a little and paused. They'll bloom again soon, and your quilt will too!

Preeti said...

Very pretty, very spring-like. Actually I think just looking at the quilt makes the summer heat (and humidity) more bearable.
I am sure it will be a lovely quilt.
hugs,
Preeti.

Bonnie said...

Your flowers are so cute. You did a great job matching your drawing with real fabric. I'm going to enjoy this vicariously--I really do not need a new project.

margaret said...

Isn`t Lea a fabulous designer I so love her blog

thea said...

the flowers are really pretty. I'm impressed that you plan the year out.

Maker Joy said...

What sweet flowers. I can see why you were tempted.

Marti said...

That is so cute! You come up with the best patterns.