A Flower For Jane Austen

A Flower For Jane Austen - Pride And Prejudice Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

During March and April, California is usually ablaze with wild flowers.  Even the desert comes alive to put on a spectacular show.  I can’t count the number of times we drove out mile after mile to go see the wild flowers in the desert.

I sketched this flower through the window such a long time ago.   With wild flowers in my mind, I couldn’t help but finally finish the flower quilt pattern so I could stitch the block.  To me, it almost feels like a painting.

 

I love purple flowers, it’s no surprise that I chose a purple flower for my block.

 

 

Coast Purple Larkspur Flower | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Purple Larkspur is my most favourite wild flower, I think it looks like a little pixie hat!

 

 

Stanage Edge Derbyshire England | Whims And Fancies

 

 

The colour made me think of Regency purple.  I love Jane Austen.  I am currently reading a book that is set in the Regency Era.  As I was also in Derbyshire not too long ago, standing on the rocks of Stanage Edge, my mind easily drifted toward the scene of Ms. Elizabeth Bennet standing there in the film version.   Hence, the name A Flower For Jane Austen was born.

 

 

My Maine Coon Cat In A Box | Whims and Fancies

 

 

My kitties need a few more quilts.  I am definitely going to use this pattern to make a new quilt for them.  I found this old picture of my enormous Maine Coon cat who has now given up his tiny boxes in favour of quilts.

 

 

Greek Letter Quilt Patterns | Whims And Fancies

 

Pattern on Etsy

 

Before I continue though, I really need to make a couple of pillow covers.  A couple of years ago I worked on this Greek Alphabet quilt.

 

 

Greek letters alpha beta quilt patterns | Whims And Fancies

 

 

After finishing the first two letters, I changed the quilt layout which required me to order more fabric.  In the meantime however, the dye lot of the fabric had changed.  I had to therefore redo the two initial blocks, which meant I ended up with extra blocks.  I finished making the quilt a long time ago, while the extra blocks got stowed away in the cabinet.  I don’t like having too many WIPs, so my goal for this month is to turn them into pillows.  Now that they are on my sewing table, I am really excited to get started. 

 

I will be linking up with

 
 
 

A Flower For Jane Austen - Pride And Prejudice Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Once I finish the pillows I am sure to come back to this block again.  Lovely Kim was showing off her gorgeous hydrangeas and yellow roses together in a vase.  I might have mentioned to her once…twice…many times how much I love them together.  When I opened my design file, guess what I found in there – the same colours together!

 

 

A Flower For Jane Austen - Pride And Prejudice Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Pinwheel Flower pattern on Etsy

 

Before I start on the kitty quilt, I may just have to make myself a mini wall hanging from this pattern.  What do you think of circular quilting? 

It is such an easy and fun 12″ block to sew.  Pinwheel Flower quilt pattern is now on my Etsy shop.

Enjoy some flowers this weekend if you have the time!
-Soma

 

I am also linking up on Life Thru The Lens, Through My Lens, Our World TuesdayWednesday Around The World, Seasons, and Friday Photo Journal along with other linky parties on my Events And Links page.

 

 

23 thoughts on “A Flower For Jane Austen

  • Villroses hage April 17, 2017 at 23:14

    A fantastic color!

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  • kelleyn rothaermel April 14, 2017 at 06:49

    Love the dark purple! So pretty!

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  • Maureen April 12, 2017 at 19:05

    Oh do I love your purple and lime flower block!! Clever quilt with the Greek alphabet and thanks for sharing the stunning photograph from your visit to Derbyshire, I grew up in Lancashire but many holidays were spent in High Peak just out from Buxton.

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  • Linda April 12, 2017 at 13:42

    A lovely block, and really wonderful photos! Your kitty- in- the- box pic made me smile! Thanks for linking up to ‘sew stitch snap SHARE’

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  • Molly April 12, 2017 at 04:02

    Your quits are beautiful, you really have a wonderful talent

    Mollyx

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  • Kate April 12, 2017 at 01:13

    Lovely block and I really like your Greek alphabet.

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  • lindyloumac April 11, 2017 at 09:18

    Calling by from Our World Tuesday, stunning photo of the Larkspur.

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  • Victoria April 10, 2017 at 22:04

    I love larkspur, but they’re not blooming in my part of California yet, it’s still pretty cold where I live. Your quilt block is beautiful!

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  • jesh StG April 10, 2017 at 12:53

    This purple flower is so intensely beautiful! Can imagine you wanted to show/express it in some way! Like to sew, but would not even attempt letters – a fabulous job, Soma! Have a beautiful wee and thank you much for sharing it with All Seasons! Hope you show us the project when it’s completed:)

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  • Kate April 8, 2017 at 06:47

    A fun name for a fun block. The block definitely has a romantic feel it.

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  • bettyl - NZ April 7, 2017 at 22:11

    That’s a wonderful pattern for a quilt and the purple is absolutely perfect for it!! I’m sure your pillow will be a great addition to the quilt–if you still have it!

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  • Shelley Folkerts April 7, 2017 at 20:15

    Thanks for sharing your lovely A Flower for Jane Austen block. It should make a wonderful quilt. I am looking to try out some circular quilting myself. You always share the most wonderful photographs on your blog. Thanks for linking up with this week’s TGIFF.

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  • Janine @ Rainbow Hare April 7, 2017 at 14:19

    That is a stunning flower in your photo and I like your block. The shapes is very elegant. And your cat made me smile. I don’t know how he fitted in that box!

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  • Dixie April 7, 2017 at 08:41

    A wonderful post, Soma!
    Lovely “Flower for Jane Austen” block. The purple larkspur is a fabalous flower. I don’t think I’ve seen one before.
    Kitty is sweet nodding off in the box. He’s such a beauty!
    Glad you got to stand on Stanage Edge. What a thrill that would be. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful pic.

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  • Kim Sharman April 6, 2017 at 16:48

    So much to love in this post, Soma. Such a lovely block, Soma. The pretty flower amongst the green, in the window is inspired. As will the blue and yellow block be when you stitch it. I think I remember you saying once or twice how you love blue and yellow dancing together. =) The purple flower amongst the pretty green is also waltzing perfectly. Larkspurs are such pretty flowers, aren’t they. Oh how wonderful to stand upon those rocks at Stanage Edge, I love that scene in Pride and Prejudice with the beautiful, dramatic music, but then the whole movie is wonderful, from beginning to end. What a wonderful experience for you to stand on that very spot. Your kitty is gorgeous. So happy he now prefers your quilts to a cardboard box. Your greek alphabet quilt is cool. Me being me I noticed the beautiful blue blossom tree in the background, what is it? I look forward to seeing your blue and yellow finished block, Soma. =)

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  • krislovesfabric April 6, 2017 at 13:28

    Very pretty, and you know how I adore your alphabet quilt…it will be fun to see what you do with your extra letters! Gorgeous shot of Stanage Edge :) And big kitties in tiny boxes…ours sure likes to remodel hers while she crams herself inside, lots of nibbling on the corners! I bet all your kitties like a nice comfy quilt!!!

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  • Vera April 6, 2017 at 13:14

    What a beautiful photos! Neat block!

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  • Kathleen April 6, 2017 at 12:29

    Love it!!

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  • Mary April 6, 2017 at 11:56

    My larkspur are just about to burst out here too. I just love them, and yes, they do look like pixie hats. Your flower is perfect. I can see that done in all different colors in a quilt. So pretty.

    I have always admired your Greek alphabet. That is amazing!

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  • Wendy @ September Violets April 6, 2017 at 10:35

    What a pretty block :) I can hear the piano music playing in the shot of Derbyshire … love that movie and the book even more. Your cat IS huge, but such a beautiful creature. Looking forward to seeing your kitty blankets.

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  • BillieBee April 6, 2017 at 07:45

    Gorgeous flower real and quilted.

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  • Patty April 6, 2017 at 04:56

    Love the Greek alphabet! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts and good luck on your project.

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  • Lady Fi April 6, 2017 at 01:14

    So gorgeous!

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