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Tuesday, 13 July 2010

New Baltimore block

A few days ago I finished my first block for a quilt I am designing. For this one I made a papercut.


This first block is about Wales, "Cymru". 
The harps/lyres signify 'the land of song'. The red dragon "Y ddraig goch" is the national emblem of Wales, and the Fleur de Lys is also used in the Royal crest of the Prince of Wales. The hearts on top of the harps are a reminder of the Welsh 'love-spoons'.
All around I have written in celtic letters the word of the National anthem, and the writer of it, with the place and year of writing. Here is a close-up:
Although the papercut was the whole design, I have changed some of the colours, as the Welsh flag is red and greeen.
We have been going to some Welsh starter lessons, and it is a difficult language, but at the same time I am looking forward to the classes starting in September.

Our granddaughter loved her quilt, and wanted to sleep under it that evening. Her little brother seemed very taken with it, so I shall have to make something for him as well....

I have been enjoying watching all the birds in the garden - from woodpeckers to wrens. Yesterday a woodpecker, three sparrows and a greenfinch all sat in the birdbath. Of course, by the time I got my camera, they had gone!
And I saw the robin too, looking a shadow of his winter self. His breast was a very pale orange, and he acted as if he really did not want to be seen.

Have a great day!
Jane

14 comments:

Guusje, said...

Prachtig blok heb je weer gemaakt en wat geweldig dat je kleindochter de quilt zo mooi vind.

Wenche said...

Your BA block is a true beauty. I love it :)

Carin said...

Wat een schitterend blok is dat geworden. Lijkt me ook niet een echt simpel blok :)
Wat moet jou dat een plezier hebben gedaan om dat snoetje van je kleindochter zo te zien stralen. Mooie kleindochter hebben jullie Jane !!!

Cheri said...

Jane, this Baltimore Album block is fantastic, love the background fabric, love the inking, all of it is very classic.
Happy Stitching...
Cheri

Daniëlle said...

You have done such a wonderful job on this block!! Of course your granddaughter loves her quilt!! There is so much to see on it!! Happy sewing, hugs, Daniëlle

Lee Prairie Designs said...

Beautiful quilt and made with lots of love and loveing thoughts as you appliqued it! Thank you for sharing. Your blog is great. I started a blog a month ago and having so much fun sharing and enjoying the pictures, projects and comments from others and other bloggers blog. Best wishes to you and I will visit you again and become a follower of your blog. Carolyn from Des Moines, Iowa U

Hennie said...

Wat een prachtig blok heb je ontworpen Jane.
Je kleindochter staat te stralen bij haar quilt, geweldig toch.
Groetjes Hennie.

Paula said...

Jane, your Baltimore Album block is absolutely stunning, can't wait to see the next one.
I also love your granddaughters quilt, it is beautiful.

Carolien said...

Hello Jane,

What a beautiful block you have made, full of symbols ... and again that lovely harp! I envy you for your application skills, it's stunning.
How nice your grandson liked that quilt so much as well ... the next 'order' is placed. You could have guessed it ;))) I look forward to that one now.

Have a nice week & groetjes,
Carolien

Daniëlle said...

Hoi Jane, ik kon geen email adres van je vinden, dus dan maar op deze manier hihi! Bedankt voor je lieve blogreactie! De hortensia stond in de kasteeltuin van Muncaster Castle, de kleur was in het echt ook zo blauw! Prachtig toch he! Heb er hier in de tuin ook een boel staan!! Mooie avond verder, groeten, Daniëlle

BethE said...

I love the block design! Fantastic!

Kate said...

Hi Jane,
I just stumbled upon your blog and have enjoyed every post! Your cutwork applique block is absolutely beautiful! your work is perfection, I look forward to see you future Baltimore blocks. Best regards, Kate

Val said...

Your block is truly beautiful Jane I am a Welsh girl living in Australia it brought a tear to my eye seeing the symbols your design is magnificent Great work with the DJ I enjoyed visiting your blog will return for another visit

Kathie said...

I love this BA Block, just beautiful
its one I would love to make too.
My dream is to make each of my DD's an applique quilt and one of them is an accomplished flutist she loves anything dealing with music
this block with the harps is just beautiful and of course since its red and green well I love it too.
the background fabric is really nice too!
Kathie

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