The Cactus Bud and the Birds….

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Have finished sewing up another four little blocks for my quilt.  I’d forgotten how addictive making blocks was.  The fabric I’m using is a mix of reproduction prints of 1930’s fabrics, some contemporary patterns,  and some cotton fabric from the fifties or sixties which my friend Sylvia gave me.


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This block is called Cactus Bud.  The tiny floral print was a dolls dress that was torn and stained in part, but most of the fabric was fine.  The print is really really tiny and I wasn’t sure at first how well the two purple colours went together, maybe I should have used the darker colour where the lighter one is and vice versa, but I like it how it is.


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The various names for block two all seem bird related… Birds in the Air, Flock of Geese, Flying Birds, Flying Geese…… I know it as Birds of the the Air.


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I only had the smallest scraps left of the blue fabric with the polka dot diamonds on it, some of my templates were cut with the grain slightly off so when I pinned the pieces together I had to be careful not to stretch the fabric.  One of the names for this block is Fifty Four Forty or Fight which is too much of a mouthful for such a simple pattern, other names are Shoofly or my favourite Simplicity.


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This block is known as Snowball Variation.  The light green floral fabric was some from Sylvia and is one of my favourite fabrics…it’s just so pretty and such a beautiful shade of green.  It makes me think of grandma’s and old fashioned patchwork.



4 thoughts on “The Cactus Bud and the Birds….

    1. Thank you. It’s really nice making a quilt for myself, it feels a bit like a guilty pleasure but it’s nice to play around with the colours as I tend to like things in odd combinations which I appreciate aren’t everyone else’s cup of tea. I’m glad you like them : )

    1. Thank you Amy. It’s nice working small as it means I’m able to use fabrics that I only have small pieces of left. My favourite block is the first one I made, I really love the fabrics together.

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