Free Pattern Thoughts in Thread - Block 4

Saturday, April 14, 2012
It's the month for focussing on lovely things in our free "Thoughts in Thread" Block of the month quilt. To me, one of the loveliest things in this world is a swan, so elegant and beautiful.  You might have guessed how much I like swans seeing I use a photo of them as my profile logo.

This is one of my favourite photos.  These swans were doing their courting dance, synchronising their every movement, then they separated, turned around and came together again in this beautiful formation. Of course I had to put a swan in this month's block:

Whatever things are lovely, think on these things.

 After you have appliqued and stitched the swan, there's just a little bit of simple piecing to finish off Block 4: 

 You can find the pattern on my website here.

We had a lovely time with our family here during the week.  Our talented daughter, Janelle, made this fabulous cake:

Scrumptious chocolate 'fence' around a chocolate mud cake and topped with berries - all gluten free and absolutely yummy!

I spent a lovely morning at the beach with three of the grandchildren.  Add to the fun of sand and water some grass-sliding down the huge slope to the beach and you know they had a great time.  It was about the only occasion this week that I've done much stitching - doing some hand-quilting on a Gifts of Grace quilt.

I gave my original version of the quilt away as a gift, and then decided I would really like to have one for myself.  It's been a 'no hurry' project - sitting in my sewing box for whenever I had nothing else to stitch at night in front of the TV.  It's always handy to have something like that to work on in between projects and it is quite OK that it's taken about 18 months to finish.

I managed to get another couple of hexie flowers made also:

I hope you enjoy making Block 4 and I'd love to see any photos of your blocks.  Have a great week of stitching!