Wow, we're almost at the end of this year's free block of the Month, "Posies'!
Have you been stitching along all year or did you find this project further into the year?
Please note: the patterns will only be free to download until December 31st.
Now let's have a look at the November block...
If you've seen the completed Posies quilt, you might be wondering 'where' is this block, right?
It's on the bottom right corner, and yes, it looks a bit different there! That's because I made this quilt late last year in preparation for 2021, and when I was piecing the blocks together my eye couldn't escape how out of place the fabric border was when sitting beside all the other blocks.
So I removed the border and replaced it with this sweet Tilda star print...
A change of fabric can make all the difference to the overall finish of a pieced quilt, or a patchwork block.
I was so happy with the final outcome and very glad I decided to make a change.
This project was a scrappy one, as I have a big tub full of Tilda bits and pieces collected over 12 years and wanted to give them some time to shine. If your Posies blocks are scrappy bordered like mine, perhaps you can lay them out today and decide if you're happy with how they blend together when placed side by side - and if one or two aren't right, just remove the borders and sew new ones.
POSIES was free until January 1st 2022.
When I designed this little block my mind was taken back to when I used to display flowers in an old cookpot which had become unusable for the oven. Sitting in the middle of the table on a fringed doily it gave the house that wonderful comforting and homely atmosphere. I'm not sure what happened to it, no doubt given away as we prepared for one of our 23 moves...but I'm inspired now to find another and fill it with small flower pots for the table again.
Simple things like this really do add a 'welcome' feeling to our homes when others drop by, or when our family join to sit around the table. Even when there's just two of you.
Over the weekend we enjoyed a different fragrance through the home - a slow cooked brisket with vegetables, and savoury scrolls with home-made tomato pesto.
I've not cooked brisket before, but I often do corned beef in the slow cooker as it's my husband's and Blossom's favourite get-together meal.
All I did was fill the base of the slow cooker with onions, celery, carrots, potato, garlic, fresh thyme, fresh rosemary and fresh parsley.
Then I rubbed a little olive oil, salt and pepper, over the brisket before tossing in plain flour and browning the brisket for 4 minutes each side in the frying pan with a little oil.