November 13, 2011

Free pattern - Consider the Lilies Pattern 11

We've reached the end of our free Block of the Month programme, 'Consider the Lilies'! 

Today I am giving you the rest of Block 4 and instructions for putting it together and finishing it off as a wall quilt. My quilt was hung on one of our walls yesterday, just on a bit of dowel at the moment, but I have ordered a lovely black 'scrolly' hanger which I think will really show off the quilt. Not many websites stock these hangers as large as 80 cm, so it took a bit of looking around to find what I wanted.  Now I'm eager to hear the postman's knock!

And ta da! - the finished product:

I hope you like it as much as I do.

You can download the instructions for this pattern 11

And here is a photo of the completed Block 4:

I hand-quilted the whole quilt.  It took a while, but I am always much happier with my hand-quilting than my machine efforts!  All the patterns will remain for free download until 31st December, so make sure you tell your friends.

Well, this last week was a much more productive one - much better than the previous three or four!  I was beginning to wonder whether I'd ever get back into my usual frenetic pace!  The assembly line went into full production and I managed to actually get some projects completed!  Woo hoo!  I made a gift, completed a sewing set and have started on some appliance covers.

My Butterscotch and Roses fabric has arrived, so I hope to get started on a new project next week.  I love buying fabric ranges, but it brings its own problems!  It's a bit like a child in a well-stocked lolly shop, not knowing which one to choose!  There are so many lovely fabrics that it takes me ages to work out which ones I will use for applique, which ones I will keep for borders, how many I will include in the sashings, what binding I will use.  Oh the joys of designing!!!!

As you know, I don't make many large quilts as I'm not big on piecing. However, when I bought an irresistible range of oriental fabrics, they were crying out to be made into a quilt.  It is a very simple one to show off the gorgeous beauty of those fabrics.  You can find it in the current issue of Australian Country Craft and Decorating, Vol 23 No 2.

I called it "Oriental Twist":

The Prairie Points:

Some months ago, I wrote up a tutorial for using the 1/4 inch bias tape maker and included instructions on how to make this Celtic knot:

If you missed it, you can find the tutorial here. 

Don't forget to send me photos of any of my projects you happen to make. I love seeing your interpretation of my designs.

Until next time,
Happy stitching!



Varga Györgyi said...

Your consider the lilies quilt is absolutely gorgeous! This pattern is the first on my to do list. I love the happy colours and the thought behind your work :o) Thank you so much

Vicki ♥ said...

Thanks so much Val for this lovely BOM and it is a really pretty wall hanger. Your oriental quilt is lovely too :) Hugs Vicki x

KaHolly said...

Thanks, Val. This is going to be the perfect project for me to wile away the winter hours. I'm looking forward to settling in and getting to work!! Oriental Twist is beautiful. You are so gifted. ~karen

Susan said...

Your finished quilt looks so lovely. Thanks for sharing yet another pattern, Val

Sue from Cyprus said...

Val, your finished Consider the Lilies quilt is absolutely beautiful. Love those colours. I love your oriental quilt as well. Thank you for sharing these wonderful quilts with us.
Hugs, Sue from Cyprus x x x

Marsha said...

Consider the Lillies is absolutly gorgeous, I love the finished quilt! Thank you for sharing your talents with us. Oriental Twist is also beautiful, it really showcases the fabrics and the celtic knots add a wonderful touch. Have a wonderful day!

Cheryll said...

The quilt is beautiful Val. Anyone making a quilt from your pattern would be proud to hang it in their home. :)

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

It's a wonderful quilt!! Thanks so much for sharing.

Allie said...

Thank you so much, darling Val, for this gorgeous pattern! This is one of my very favorites EVER. And you are so generous to share it, thank you!
Your Oriental Twist is stunning - I have a bunch of oriental fabrics that I'm not sure what to do with, I'll have to look for the magazine!

Wendy said...

Val, as ever your work is gorgeous, just beautiful.

Butterscotch and Roses is gorgeous, I'm very jealous you're getting some!

Rian said...

Hi Val, Thank you for the last pattern. I like it very much, an easy this time. Now I have to hurry up finishing it. And there is coming a busy month, with Sinterklaas, my daughters birthday and Christmas.....

The oriental fabrics are awesome. I found a online quiltshop here in Holland with it last weekend. Some of the fabrics you used i recognise. I did not know what to make from it... maybe your pattern.
First of all, finish the lilies.

By the way, I finished the applique of the lilies, finally. Maybe I will like applique one day...

Jytte R said...

Thank you so much for this lovely BOM. I downloaded the latest 2 patterns today. I have been in Spain for 3 weeks and now I have to follow up on all things.
Appliqué is not my favorit but I hope some day to come to a point where I like it. Your quilt looks so fantastic.