Wednesday, May 25, 2016

making Lotus

Have you been making Lotus?

Lotus blocks

I pieced three more Lotus blocks in the past week, mostly while streaming episodes of Call the Midwife (I'm catching up after a long break). It's a lovely pair, the two.  Though I am careful to watch Call the Midwife alone to make sure there are no barriers to a good cry.  The show is always touching, but especially so now.... after Eleni.

Lotus blocks

I made these two blocks with some darker colors to add a touch of contrast to my quilt.  The red block is my first experiment with allowing the circle to be lighter than the petal fabric.  I think it didn't ruin the effect, even if it is less literally lotus.

Lotus blocks

But this is my favorite block of the batch, for sure.  I do so love that Wanderer Sacred Seeds print and it pairs beautifully with this peachy solid.  To bad I'm using up the last of it so soon!

Lotus blocks

I've just two more blocks to go!  Do you like my cool melon colors?  Especially with the addition of that dark green block, I see watermelon and cantaloupe coming out nicely.  I daresay, it looks delicious.  Hehe.

How go your lotus blocks?

19 comments:

  1. Those are stunning. It makes me want to make some of my own. Great color choices.

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  2. Loving the way you've paired the fabrics. I've got to add too... I love watching Call the Midwife (and only do so in privacy for crying too), but my cat... not so much. The sounds of laboring women and crying new borns make him quite agitated.

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    1. I believe it! I've had it on via my computer a few times when my kids are around, but not watching. They tend to wander in and ask, "What is all that noise?" Hahaha.... hmm.

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  3. Hi Rachel, I've planned to sew some pink blocks, too! Here are my newest blocks: http://quappwurm.blogspot.com/2016/05/more-lotus-blocks.html
    Best wishes to you! (or for?? I don't know)

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  4. Oh.my.goodness - these blocks simply take my breath away!!!
    PS: I too love Call The Midwife. I watch alone typically so I can let the tears flow as needed. Who doesn't love a good midwife story!!! I have to get on the stick and pick my colors!!!

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    1. Sounds like so many of us are private Call the Midwife watchers. =) Yes, I like midwife novels too. Have you read Baby Catcher? That's an old favorite. Though my feelings about the safety of homebirth in my area have changed, I still greatly admire the profession.

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  5. Quick question as I'm making a new design board: what thickness foam insulation board did you use? Did you buy a special size to get it 60" wide or just turn it on it's side? Cut the 4'X8' in half to make two or ???

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    1. Looks like mine is just 1/2" thick. This is the size they sell it in locally. My husband did not have to cut or combine it.

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  6. Can't wait to see your finish, it's going to be beautiful...!!

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  7. I enjoy watching Call the Midwife. I delivered a few babies in Nursing school, I was so young (19), and just burst into tears with every birth. hahaha years later I worked for an orthopaedic surgeon and any time we had a patient that was pregnant come in, he always said "Let's get her in and out, FAST" I used to tease Dr Azer and tell him he needed to stretch his abilities. :-P
    Life certainly was different back then.
    Any baby that was born with any abnormalities was catastrophic.
    My mom was born in 1923 in Rotterdam, Holland. She popped out perfectly beautiful but she was born with only a left hand, her right arm ended just beyond the wrist so the bones are there :-) She was her parents first and they were terrified for her future, but they had a lot of very smart relatives and support. It kind of reminds me of the St Jude's commercials. Kids. I love them so much.
    Of course, my mom excelled on so many levels. I could write a very long (verbose) book about her. She has done every single thing you could ever imagine, except sky dive. I kid her about that now.

    Your blocks are beautific. I made one block with junky fabric you know and I just adore it. I loved the assembly! I would like to make 9 that match. I just have to decide if I want to use some of my Lavish fabric, or other mountains, or perhaps GET MORE fabric.

    Yours are completely marvelous! I showed my block to my mom and dad a few days ago and they were very proud of me. :-D

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    1. Correction: Shriner's Hospital. I see the commercial almost every day.

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  8. I love the lotus blocks, so pretty! I think it would be fun to do them oversized, like at 24" or something. In another five years maybe, when these never ending renovations are done. 😖

    I've never watched Call the Midwife, but I did read the books a couple of years ago when I was pregnant with my fourth, who ended up being a preemie, born early because he wasn't growing. The books were enough to set me off crying too.

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  9. Love your lotus blocks!! Your colors are perfect! I am curious about the show since I had never heard of Call the Midwife but think I'd like it. What channel is it on?

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    1. It's a PBS show. You can watch some episodes online at the PBS site, through Netflix, through libraries and through searches too.

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  10. These blocks are really stunning. I love the design as well as your fabric choices.

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  11. Love the blocks. The fabric choices are wonderful. Not sure I could pull that off. The green is my favorite with wanderer sacred seeds a close second. Thank you for so much inspiration.

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    1. You're very welcome, Jam. Thank you for stopping by!

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  12. Those blocks are perfect! You couldn't have chosen the fabrics any better.

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  13. Gorgeous blocks! I have to get the nerve up to try them, curves are still very new to me. Yikes! :)

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