Monday, February 28, 2011

Violet Violas - Monochromatic Challenge

Judy at Patchwork Times is hosting a Monochromatic Challenge,  February is violet. I'm making a block with an embroidered centre each month.
I thought this would be easy peasy, my favourite colour is purple,  I should have lots of purple/violet in my stash.
I didn't worry too much about making this block earlier in the month as I tried to finish other projects that I'd started.  So a few days ago when I looked at the calendar and realised that it was almost the end of the month I thought I had better get started. I went to my newly sorted stash, with lots of confidence that this would take a nanosecond, and oh, ummm, not very much purple there at all. I had a few batiks that I had bought years ago but didn't want to use them so I spent ages going through my fabric trying to find eight that went reasonably well together.  It also took me forever to decide what to embroider in the centre. My girlfriend J suggested pansies.

This is the end result.
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Hastily made today, the 28th February, despite the fact that I had to drive 100km round trip to take my machine back to where I bought it as I couldn't get it to work properly this morning. Of course, as soon as they started it up and tried sewing, it worked fine.

Lesson learnt - don't leave things to the last minute.

16 comments:

  1. Very nice! And I am sooo not a purple girl.

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  2. You've done a great job and the materials look good together. What a good idea to use pansies. I always think purple when I think pansy.
    Cheers
    Helen

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  3. Wow for leaving it to the last minute it looks fantastic and your stitching looks so perfect! I love purple too but strangely enough dont have much in my stash! Hope the hiccups are over with your machine, x

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  4. Fabulous effort there Marg. If you hadnt outed yourself I would have assumed you'd worked on this all month !

    The panises are just so sweet- well done!

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  5. I love the block. Purple is one of my favorite colors also.

    I didn't know you did embroidery also. You are a woman of many talents!

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  6. Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous!!!! I love the embroidery in the middle too. You are so clever....would have taken me a year to do that not just 1/2 a day :-)

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  7. What a sweet block. Makes we want to go out and plant some violas in the front garden.

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  8. I love purple and I think your pansie block is charming. What a good idea t make blocks instead of quilts!!! Can't wait to see what you do with "brown" (not my favorite at all). Dar in MO

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  9. That is a seriously beautiful block.
    Cheers,
    Dionne

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  10. That is a seriously beautiful block.
    Cheers,
    Dionne

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  11. Oh how sweet. I love pansies and your block is adorable. Boy can I relate to waiting till the last minute. Seems that's the way I live my life. haha

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  12. Love the pansies! Very pretty!

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