Midsummer Sampler: month 7

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

 

The inspiration for this month's block is very dear to my heart. I live in Shropshire and a mere half an hour away is a little slice of paradise on earth: the David Austin Rose Nursery {and please click on that link, it will raise your spirits no end}.

First grown for their medicinal value - the hips are a wonderful source of vitamin C -  roses were prized by in the classical world and in ancient Persia and China. Their beauty and heady fragrance were enhanced over hundreds of years of cultivation in the earliest gardens. Of course those early roses flowered only once and we have the rose breeders of revolutionary France to thank for, um...revolutionising rose growing. Crossing species of European and Asian varieties, they gave us the first reliably repeat-flowering roses to fill or gardens with beguiling beauty all summer long. 

Ideally I would have loved to send you all a bouquet of roses (or better still a rose bush), but I hope a custom spool of Folk Flower washi tape to help you create your own fabric roses is the next best thing. We will be making our roses slightly over-sized and the washi tape will help you to mark your rulers when trimming them to size. With rotary cutters please, not secateurs ;-)

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As this is our last block we will be using many of the techniques practised in preceding months: the angled sides from the Orchard Cottage roof; the  embroidery from the Strawberry Bowl; the handle from the Teapot; and snowball technique from our very first block, the Cakestand. 

PS: again, there are are couple of extra fabrics in this month's package: set these aside for the border and start to organise your block trimmings for next month.

Next month we will be making just one more Folk Flower block - we need 17 in total - before we make our bunting border and assemble our blocks, but by all means get ahead by make an extra one this month.

This Month's Techniques...

Oversizing blocks a little and trimming them down is a really useful way of improving your accuracy, especially with more complicated units... 


 

 

Place your washi tape just shy of the line of the line on your ruler that you are highlighting, in this case the 3½” line.

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PS: Just a quick heads up, the mid and dark pink prints for this block were in last month's package (you used a snippet of the dark pink for the door). We had to change the order of these last two blocks - due to some international postage delays - and I got in a muddle. hope it hasn't caused too much confusion. Apologies friends N xx

British designs by Nicola Dodd

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