Two days late, but you know what they say, better late than…
I loved making this SVBAQ block. It is my favorite so far even though I did make a few changes from the original. I just didn’t like that connecting branch at the top so, well you know. My block are also smaller than the original at 9" finished.
I would not normally cut out the back of a circle so small because I don’t intend to quilt within the circle. However, because I did my trunk and branches first and then laid the circles on top of them, I wanted to cut out the back so the branch wouldn’t show through after pressing.
They are not stuffed. They just appear that way after quilting because I used a wool batting and even though I split it in half it still has quilt a loft.
I love the backing fabric on this one. I found it YEARS ago in a booth at some quilt show (Quilter's Gathering when it was in Nashua, NH I think) where they had wonderful African fabrics. It looked vintage enough for me to use here. I think it is perfect! (And the block is straight, it is my ironing board cover that is wonky - really!)
Enjoy all of these wonderful blocks by heading over to The Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album Quilt blog (here).