About four years ago I shared a free BOM called My Vintage Kitchen.
It was all redwork and was inspired by a piece of fabric from my stash.
For the longest time I have wanted to remake that project in bright homely colours and scrappy fabrics because to be honest, I'm kind of over redwork.
And you know, that's how Phyllis May's Kitchen came about. Wanting to design a beautiful vintage style project that celebrated and honoured my beautiful Nana I went to those tiny 3" blocks and brought many of them to life in a much larger detailed form with applique and plenty of extra touches.
But before that began I'd already started re-stitching those original 3" redwork blocks and knew that one day I'd share them again with a fresh layout, pretty colours and a new centre block.
Well, that time is now and I cannot wait to remake this with you!
Beginning Friday the 5th July I will be sharing one free block every two weeks until the end of October.
Each fortnightly pattern will include detailed embroidery instructions and a simple scrappy border for the stitcheries. At the end of October we'll sew all the blocks together as a sweet wall quilt.
Now when I called this version My SCRAPPY Vintage Kitchen I wasn't kidding. This morning after I trimmed all the blocks and took their individual photos I went through my tub of random fabric scraps and pulled out a whole bunch which will help bring this new vintage kitchen to life.
I'm seriously excited whenever I get to play with scraps and 'use what I already have'. And that's another tick for me...following God's directive to me this year in using what I already have because eight of the nine stitcheries are older ones I've freshened up with more detail and colour. He's such a wise and caring Father to impress upon my heart the way forward in 2019 and every day it bears fruit if I stop and ask myself "are you using what you already have?" before making purchase or design choices. This is and has been the most wonderful life lesson.
So what do you say? Are you going to stitch along?
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I'm really, really excited about this stitch-along and I can't wait to see how you make My Scrappy Vintage Kitchen your very own.
Make sure you drop back on Friday when I share block 1.
Yesterday Blossom came over for the day with Cully May and Rafaella...and what a wonderful day it was!
The girls had their first picnic on the new tablecloth quilt I made them...
...and then they headed outside to sit in Poppy's chair, follow him around and do some simple garden chores.
Rafaella spent a lot of time climbing in and out of Poppy's old chair and crawling up onto my lap to eat tiny red tomatoes from the garden and sip my lemon water. It's hot work being in the garden!
Close by Poppy was digging a trench to lay soil and cover a walkway in pebbles...
The girls played in the dirt, picked cherry tomatoes and scattered sugar cane mulch...
Cully May was so excited when Poppy picked her a flower!
"What's this flower called, Nana?"
"It's an orange Hibiscus, Cully May."
"I love it! Thank you Poppy for picking my flower!" she called to him.
Blossom showed Rafaella how to water the pots of rosemary and lavender out front...
...and soon enough she felt quite able to do it all by herself.
My beautiful Blossom really doesn't like to have her photo taken but I did manage a quick one that caught her by surprise. Yay!
Late in the afternoon, after a big day in the garden and picnicking, we popped them in their car seats, cuddled everyone goodbye and Blossom headed home. Within minutes the little ones were fast asleep...
Mr E and I were rather weary too, but it's the kind of weary that makes your heart smile and fills your thoughts with joy.
This morning Blossom sent me these pics of the girls playing in their tent while she 'tried' to get an hour of sewing time in. She has a large front room which is divided into a sewing space for her and a play space for the girls...it's bright and cheery, just like them.
I made that pink quilt for Blossom when she was just 11.
I'd only been sewing and quilting for a few months and it's still my most favourite gift to have made her.
The girls have claimed it now and honest, that makes it doubly special.
May YOUR heart bubble over with the same measure of JOY mine has this week being surrounded by three of my precious girls.