Here is my block ready for stitching :*) It is one of my favorite Bertie's Year blocks so far - such a cute design!!!
Unfortunately, I had to make quite a few replacements of the fabrics included in this month's block. I know you don't always get the same fabrics in a BOM that were used in the original quilt, but I do expect something similar in color and texture. I was glad I had some flannels in my stash that would work - yes I even have a flannels stash :) Below is the picture of the original quilt on the pattern front .....
I love those bright colors! Spring calls for BRIGHT and HAPPY colors, am I right? Well, what came in the laser-cut set was not even close to those in the picture. This dull mauvy pink (top fabric below) looked dead on the brown background and I decided to go with a new spring grass green instead of their darker choice...
And fall-like golds instead of yellows and oranges.... Really? What part of that top flower says "spring"???? The bottom flannels are my replacements - can you see how much closer to the original they are?
The original also has a pretty deep blue wagon hitch, but they sent this rather blotchy, dull flannel instead .....
...... so I changed it out to a nice bright purple! Okay, so I know that the color of wagon hitches is not normally the subject of hot debate, but I happen to be very particular about my wagon hitches! LOL :) The bluebell piece on the very left is one that came with the package. The violet was bright and would have been fine, but it really didn't work once I changed to the purple for the hitch, so the six petals on the right are the ones I cut from a brighter light purple that matched better.
So, that's enough complaining! I'm delighted to have this piece ready for stitching. It won't take very long to do the buttonhole stitch by machine, and then I can sit and do some embroidery embellishments with my lovely perle cotton threads.
I found this awesome box at Tuesday Mornings last week - and for only $2.00!!!!
(Just the box! I already had the threads)
This sure beats them all tumbling around in a tin and getting tangled :*)
This one is not perfect either, but since the pieces are at an angle, the lines are never going to line up perfectly, so it's as good as it's going to get! I'm so excited to be this close to having all the vase blocks done! True, they all have to be assembled with block sashing, the 3-D tree has to be wrangled in there somehow, and the borders have to be prepared and stitched.... whew, that's still a lot of work!! But I'm a whole lot closer than I was when I started, right? LOL!!!!
I think that just might be enough to keep me out of trouble on this fine Sunday :*)
Be sure to visit Kathy's Quilts HERE to see what others are Slow Stitching on today.
Hugs & Blessings to you all!!!!