Gran’s Button Jar is block 91 of My Splendid Sampler quilt, it’s designed by Lynette Anderson. I really like her work, it was Lynette that designed the other BOM I stitched last year, Anderson’s Farm, so I was looking forward to seeing her design. I wasn’t disappointed!
Isn’t it cute! Her instructions called for needleturn applique, I must admit I looked at the size of the button jar lid and chickened out, I embroidered it all instead. I chose a variegated DMC thread in shades of light blue, purple and ivory on a creamy background, I thought the swirly ivory pattern would echo the loops in the thread…or am I getting too arty-farty!! I’m not sure if it’s the wrong choice of thread or the wrong background, either way I don’t think it stands out enough. Having said that, it’s very pretty, it’s done and it’s not getting done again! To give you an idea of size, this centre square of embroidery is 4″ square, it is then surrounded by 1/2″ strips to make the 6″ finished block.
I’m adding buttons to the design, at the moment they are just laid on, I’ll stitch them on once I’ve quilted the block. The cotton reel buttons are a fraction too big for the bird, so he is sitting on my reel rather than standing on it! I’m not sure where the tiny buttons came from but they are seriously minuscule, I found them in the bottom of my button box, they are just over 1/4″ across!
As you can see I’ve already sashed my block, just nine left to make, three are already published so I’m hoping to catch up this week.
I’m linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, a celebration of all things hand-stitched, why not have a look what everyone else has been creating.