Sunday, 27 May 2012

Green Tea and Sweet Beans - a start

For those of you who don't know, Green Tea and Sweet Beans was a BOM from Amitie Textiles a couple of years ago which will shortly be coming out as a book.  Today I've made a little start on my version.  It's just a start.  Four little blocks.  Two little propellors each 3 1/2" across.  I tried hand piecing them drawing around plastic templates but that doesn't work for me so I gave up and EPPed them but with the seam allowances left unsewn so I can piece the whole thing together at the end on the machine.


I did the same with these two little 4 1/2" inch churn dash blocks.  Ever since Felicity asked us to make scrappy churn dash blocks in our bee, they've been nagging at me to make more.  I couldn't make a whole quilt of these, it would take forever and I'd get bored, but mixed in here and there into a whole scrappy, blocky quilt, I can make as many as I like.


I probably won't follow the Green Tea and Sweet Beans pattern to the letter partly because I don't yet have a copy of the book so am just working now from other people's photos of the quilt and guessing and partly because I'm going to just make what I fancy and move things around, change things around but make a quilt in the style and mood of Green Tea and Sweet Beans.  Once I have the book (coming out later this year), I'll have a better idea of where I'm going.  In the meantime, it's hot and sunny here in the UK.  Perfect for hand sewing in the garden or for taking the laptop outside with your twin sister and no doubt doing something very important on it.


18 comments:

  1. Is this a QAL in the offing??

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  2. I love your little blocks!
    The sun has been out for a bit up here but there's so much sea fret you can't see the sea!

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  3. Roasting, isn't it
    I now regret setting up the sewing machine in the sun room - in 30 mins I'm cooking nicely ...
    Love your blocks - I've now got some hand sewing, finishing off the binding to the pinks quilt, but holding down the binding to do the hand sewing is hand work for my hand - so doing it in small batches ;o)

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  4. So happy you're in the summer! Colourful little blocks are very happy-making, n'est-ce pa?

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  5. Vey cute blocks but please what is EEPed? I hate to think there is a quilting technique I don't know about!
    Cheers
    Linda

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  6. oh this is going to be one heck of a fabtastic LilyOpus

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  7. They look great. Just by guessing you've done a great job =D

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  8. Beautiful and I say,"which ever way works!". Try using freezer paper for the templates.

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  9. I am just about half way through mine, having subscribed to the Bon a while ago! It is great fun if a little fiddly. I loved the newspaper print fabric for the background of some blocks. Must finish it sometime.....

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  10. Nice work!
    The girls had the right idea x

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  11. Gorgeous blocks Lynne, I got this bom when it came and and still haven't started it...perhaps I will get moving on it with you!

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  12. Love your little blocks and looking forward to more. Yes, the garden is the place to be in this good weather...it won't last long, so make the most of it.

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  13. They look quite comfortable on that couch :-) It's the stuff that makes summer memories.

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  14. Love those little squares (don't know the proper term) you sewed, especially the windmill sails. And A&E look so grown-up.

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  15. I love the colors you've chosen for your blocks! Very pretty!

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  16. Love the block and the quilt is fab! Hope you keep us informed ~ would love to have the book!

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