March Cottage, In Full Bloom and Henrietta

I was a little late starting this month's cottage as I was busy finishing off the first two blocks for Lynette Anderson's In Full Bloom BOM. I got underway with March on Friday last week – I LOVE the greens in this cottage. I've loved all the colours so far actually and each month becomes my new favourite!

Here's the progress so far…

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The little shamrock above the house is in the wrong place and will have to come out – I miscounted, oops!

The next pics are of the In Full Bloom block of the month – there are two blocks to stitch each month and these are the one for the month one. Thoroughly enjoyed stitching these although that garden bench seemed to be neverending!

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My kit for this BOM came from Bev at Fobbles and she has chosen a gorgeous linen type fabric for the stitcheries, it's a pleasure to stitch on…so glad I bought an extra metre of it for my cushion making.

I decided to stitch the quilt top together while I was in the mood so that all I will need to do each month is to stitch the designs and then applique them to the background. The original pattern uses Broken Dishes blocks but I wasn't too keen on those and have swapped them for pinwheels. I have the two borders to stitch on and then the quilt top is all done but for each month's stitcheries. My husband loves this quilt already and can't wait to see it hanging on the wall!

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In the continued spirit of finishing things off, I dug out poor neglected Henrietta Whiskers yesterday. I decided to get the final block made and to attach the borders so that I can take this away with me at the weekend and enjoy stitching the applique down. I'm hoping to get the top finished before the end of the month. Just a few borders to stitch on and the applique to prepare now – Sophie the blackbird makes several appearances in the border along with some more stars I think.

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We're having the first of our crafting weekends away this coming weekend and I'm really looking forward to it. I've probably got enough stitching for 6 months ready to go with me! 

I've got quite an exciting little project planned once the postman delivers. I was enjoying a wander through the Fat Quarter Shop coming soon pages one day when I happened upon the upcoming Grinch fabric. Catherine was looking over my shoulder at the time and fell in love it and asked if I would make her a Grinch quilt. As it doesn't come out until May I explained that she would have to wait. Later on, I found that they still had a supply of the previous Grinch fabric so I have secretly ordered it up in the hopes of completing a quilt for it in time for her birthday in May. Whether or not I'll manage I don't know as procrastination is one of my middle names!!!

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5 Responses to March Cottage, In Full Bloom and Henrietta

  1. Carole says:

    Your cottage is looking lovely. The border is so pretty 🙂
    Love the colours in the two quilts. In full bloom is a gorgeous design. I can’t wait to see more of that one.

  2. Pip says:

    Good idea to make your quilt top ready for the stitcheries to go on, love the colours that you have chosen for it.

  3. Karla says:

    OOO! I’m just starting In Full Bloom. I don’t like the blocks either. Do you mind if I steal your pinwheels idea? It looks so much better, clever thing!

  4. Margaret says:

    Love, love, love your Full Bloom. The stitcheries are gorgeous.
    Henrietta is cute too.
    Love the CC cottage series. I don’t remember if you are doing them all on one piece of fabric. I’ve seen them somewhere made into pillows with ric rak and they look so pretty.
    Margaret

  5. simone says:

    Love the BOMs you are working on! And what a surprise that will be for Catherine!!

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