Midsummer Sampler: month 7

Welcome to month seven of the Midsummer Sampler, the Jug of Roses.


The inspiration for this month's block is that quintessential symbol of the midsummer garden, the rose.


This month we, like the potters of Stoke-on-Trent, are going to employ all our ingenuity to create the perfect teapot. The diagrams in your pattern show each step of the creation of the spout and handle and, if you can think back to making the Cakestand block, I recommend that you reduce the speed on your sewing machine so that you can be as accurate as possible. As we will be using the majority of our background Fat Quarter this month I made both of my Folk Flower blocks with print backgrounds.

Last month I promised you some ideas for your Wild Strawberry blocks and - since we're on the subject of tea - what better way to continue the theme than with a lovely tea cosy and a matching trivet. It's a simple make to cheer up your kitchen for spring and you can find your exclusive Midsummer Tea Cosy tutorial here.

PS: there are are couple of extra fabrics in this month's package: set these aside for the border.

This Month's Techniques...

I often find myself sewing 'out of season': making Christmas quilts at Eastertime or summery confections as the light fades and winter approaches... 




And so I found myself faking a midsummer tea tray on a blustery day in February. Thank heavens for evergreen plants. This is our beautiful Choisya looking as vibrant as a summers day...

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British designs by Nicola Dodd

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