• Nicola

Jardin de Lavande sampler: the lavender fields

Over the past few weeks I've been introducing you to my new Jardin de Lavande blocks - prior to their release in July - and taking you on a leisurely virtual tour of France's most beautiful gardens. This week I thought I'd share a little more about my inspiration for this quilt.

As soon as I saw Tilda Fabric's Maple Farm - and its sister collection Tiny Farm - I was instantly drawn to its soft violets, gentle lilacs and sun-washed mauves. The Jardin de Lavande Sampler was inspired by my first glimpses of that beautiful fabric: it instantly conjured up the glowing colours and golden light of southern France and the lavender fields of Provence.

That beautiful fabric is where this quilt began and I happily immersed myself in a teetering stack of gardening books as I developed my ideas for each block. There had to be a gardener's house, of course - because you know I can never resist a house block - and, as French parterre gardens are so iconic, I wanted to include some geometric blocks to offset the whimsy of the gardener's tools. Whittling down which tools to include was tough, because vintage gardening paraphernalia is so beautiful.