"The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest."

Thomas Moore

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

BOM block 5, May...



Just a quick post today so I can share this month's Block of the Month pattern from "A Year in the Garden" with you.

I'm rather partial to geraniums and have a tea pot and coffee mug which feature them. When the children were young we grew geraniums in all sorts of containers, including an old boot, which should explain the inspiration behind this month's design. 




I'm tempted to grow them again over this tropical late autumn/winter as it is very much a spring-like climate this time of the year and perfect for planting seedlings and cuttings. Mr E mentioned the other day he needs a new pair of work boots as his have developed some holes so it's possible there'll be two old boots very soon in my possession for just such a project.

For the embroidery in this block I've used blanket stitch for a few of the leaves because this gives more dimension to the overall finish...





...and the rest of the design is backstitch, satin stitch and running stitch.
You may prefer to embroider the whole pattern with a simple backstitch, or perhaps change things up and use a stem/outline stitch instead. 
With any of my designs I encourage you to work to your comfort level and never be afraid of swapping a stitch I've used for one you prefer.

Block 5, May, is a free gift until the June block is released a month from now.





Blocks 1, 2, 3 and 4 can be seen here and are available as a $2 purchase each from my shop.

I was asked to do a link up party this year so everyone could share photos of their completed blocks and that's a wonderful idea...but I'm having a run of ill health and migraines so as that is not a necessity in life it has been put to the side for now. 

I'll leave you with a photo taken on Sunday of Cully May and Rafaella Lucy.
(21 months and 2 months)



I could cuddle these little angels all day long and never regret the aching shoulders and neck later that night, such is blessed Nana-love. xxx

May your day overflow with blooms of happiness, gentleness, kindness and joy!

hugs


19 comments:

Glenise Magnano said...

Your little granddaughters are delightful. Yes enjoy them to the max. Thanks again for the pattern and the gorgeous photos of your "girls".

Lin said...

Beautiful photo Jenny - and thanks for the pattern. We always have masses of geraniums here in France but they will not flower for some weeks yet so I may change the month to June! xx

Ondrea said...

How cute is that pic! Looks like I forgot to hang my May mini. Thanks for the reminder.

Jacqueline said...

What a great picture of the girls ! And thanks for the stitchery. Your work is simply amazing.

Joyce Carter said...

Thank you for the pattern Jenny. Your little grand-daughters are just adorable. Enjoy them because they grow up so fast.

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

I love that boot--and loved the one you did on the Shabby Roses quilt--
and talking of the Shabby Rose quilt--I did get it all hand quilted and hung up on the wall--so go check out a couple posts ago of mine to see how I finished it--Thanks again for that bom--
great photo of those grand babies!!!
enjoy, di

Tammy said...

Those girls are gorgeous. Thank you for Mays design. Love the flowers in the boot.

desertskyquilts said...

Perfect picture of two little beauties, and it's easy to understand why you'd want to hug them to pieces! Thank you for this wonderful boot of geraniums. I think Paul left a pair of boots here that could be used as planters, too. =) I really like this design, and can think of several uses for it.

Selina B said...

love geraniums, they are such a hardy plant & drought tolerate! love you teapot & cup too, looks very vintage!
thanx for sharing

Karen said...

They are so gorgeous!!!

Deborah Berry said...

Hi Jenny, those little grand babies are adorable!!! I know you enjoy them!!! Thank you SO much for this beautiful pattern!!! That is too cute!!! You are so kind to share!!! Please know Jenny, that I am praying for you as you go through these health trials!!! You are being prayed for half way round the world!!! USA. Smiles, Deborah :-)

Susie said...

thank you and such a beautiful photo of those gorgeous girls. I hope you feel better soon. Take care.

Anonymous said...

Jenny, I have a lovely big red geranium in my garden and it is just about always full of flowers. It is a nice bright happy spot in the garden

Allie-oops Designs said...

This is darling - I LOVE geraniums, they're such an old-fashioned flower but I can never get them to thrive! Maybe on fabric, though, lol. Keeping you in prayer dear heart, darling picture of the girls!!!

Carla said...

As always I love you embroidered blocks. Too pretty. Those babies are too adorable. I can see why you'd want to snuggle with them and love on them. Thanks for sharing your creations and your grand-babies. :o)

Createology said...

Geraniums are such Happy flowers. Cully May and Rafaella Lucy are Precious! Thank you for the cute May stitchery. Merry Month of May...<3

MissesStitches said...

I've never planted flowers in a boot, but I have made a formal flower arrangement in a handbag (op shop--not one of mine!!) for a flower arranging class! Complete with small white leather (op shop) gloves!

Martha M Roberts said...

Thank you for the free pattern! We love geraniums here in the southern United States. I have 2 big pots of them with big red blooms. Your grandsweeties are dark-hair beauties. How sweet are those faces. Sorry for your run of ill health. Praying for a better week for you this week.

Mary-Lou Parker said...

Thanks Jenny ,I lovee the tea pot and ur chats and beautiful photo od your Grandchildren♥😊Prayersxx