Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Sailing into Summer


Well, it's not summer here in Finland yet, but I'm being optimistic. I really enjoyed the explosion of spring in Scotland and England last week. It was a rather dreary May Day here in Vaasa, but the hours of darkness each day are certainly waning!

Lappvärk is organizing a challenge for Mother's Day (May 13th this year here in Finland, just like in the US) with the theme 'mor' (mother). I'm making a wall-hanging for my mom with fabrics we bought together at Le Rouvray in Paris in December 2005. So far, I have one block done! (Luckily, I'm only aiming for 7 blocks, so there's still hope I'll be finished by Sunday!) This seems to fit well with Judy's May Quilt for an Hour challenge, as well.

The pattern is called 'petits bateaux' (small boats) and I've been lurking on this French blog for a while with this project in mind. The finished block will be 7.5" wide. I thought about paper-piecing or foundation-piecing, but decided against it. It's really just an old-fashioned pineapple block in a hexagon shape.

9 comments:

Libby said...

Such a pretty block> I've not seen this one before. Went to check out the blog. With the help of a Babelfish translation, I had fun checking it out. I'm sure much was lost in translating, but I learned far more than I would have using only my VERY rusty high school Spanish *s*

kirsty said...

That is a seriously cool quilt!! I can see why you are inspired. Look forward to watching the progress on yours.

Elaine Adair said...

What a neat, and not too difficult block! Thanks!

Doodlebug Gail said...

That's a gorgeous block - I originally saw them here and was so capitivated with the pattern that I bookmarked it -

http://quiltsontheway.blogspot.com/2007/03/petits-bateaux-update.html

I'll be watchng your progress.

May Britt said...

Beautiful. I have also seen this block on that french blog. Your mother will be delighted to get this.

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

I went and had a look at the French blog. I speak no French, but it was good to see all the different variations on that block. I think they were contributed by different people? I like the pink and brown one on the cream background, but then they all look good. Hope you get it finished.

Jane Ann said...

What a delightful block, Hedgie! Please keep us current with your progress.

ruth said...

Gorgeous block! Hope spring comes to you soon, we are just starting to head into winter now.

Clare said...

I'm trying to look at Petits Bateaux as I type this. Have they taken their name from the childrens underwear manufacturer I wonder LOL (snort!). I love your designs. You have a unique style.