A Pickled Lady in the Silent Gardens?

I couldn’t resist that title because really – a pickled lady in a silent garden? The thought makes me laugh. But before I get to the new Pickled Lady, there are a couple of Silent Garden and Harpsichord blocks to show.

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First is the third block for row 3 of the B&B Silent Garden top.

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And its back after pressing/grading of seams.

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The next Tranquil Garden block is also the third block for row 3 of the Tranquil Garden top.

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Its back after pressing and grading the seams.

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And because I’m sticking with my plan of making a harpsichord block after every Silent Garden block, there are two more of them as well. First, a dark green one.

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And then a lovely deep pink one.

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The back of the pink block. The back of the green is the same.

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And then, finally, the one I’m most excited about – the new Pickled Lady!

This wouldn’t have happened so quickly had I not found, in the little project box that had the remaining bits and pieces from making the top, a couple of strips of the black and white triangles already pieced. So then it was just a matter of fussy cutting/printing the clamshell and adding one of those strips to it.

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Its back after pressing and grading of seams.

When I got out the window template to start auditioning the florals I had pulled for the new pickled ladies, I realized fairly quickly that I’m going to have to keep looking as fewer than half of them are suitable. I am trying very hard to not have any repeats in the Pickled Ladies top, so it’s going to get challenging. But I want to make this as special as I possibly can so it’s worth the effort!

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Baxter was very interested in the moving leaves yesterday. There was quite a breeze at times and the leaves would rustle and oh, my – his eyes would get huge as he watched.

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    • I had the Pickled Ladies top put together, ready for borders when I realized the border I planned wasn’t going to work unless I added more of the ladies. So now I have to find a couple of black & white prints that are suitable to use for printing and more florals and then it will get finished with its pieced border that I’m determined to add to it.

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  1. You pickled lady is from the “Anniversary Rose” collection by Hoffman a couple of years ago. Can’t wait to see your quilt of “pickles”.

    How big is that center square in the harpischord block?

    Goodness, Baxter looks grumpy.

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    • The centre square in the harpsichord block is .75”. Actually, all the seams are .75” in the block.

      If only I’d thought it out at the beginning – I would have hopefully had more florals that would work for this by now to make the extra ladies. But now I need to take out the last row of partial pickled clamshells so that I can add more of the Pickled Ladies.

      Baxter was not impressed with me trying to take pictures of him right then. He wanted to watch the leaves!

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    • The Pickled Ladies quilt will be one that I definitely keep – all those beautiful florals in it just send me. Having that little strip of triangles ready was a bonus. I have a couple more that I found as well, so I can at least make a few more of the Pickled Ladies right now. Then it’s definitely time to find a couple of FQs of small white on black prints that are suitable for printing and some more florals so I can complete this top. I know I’m going to be thrilled when it’s done.

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  2. The oickled lady block is beautiful Cathi. I love the colours. Baxter is really quite beautiful too. Where are the ‘toons?

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    • Thank you! I love the whole idea of all these clamshells with a floral centre – the overall look makes me think of an English cottage filled with chintz-covered sofas and chairs, although that’s not the little story I have half written about the Pickled Ladies.

      The ‘toons will be back soon. Maybe even tomorrow.

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  3. So many different varieties of blocks! It’s always fun to see what you’re working on.
    Please tell Mr Q O that I am missing his cartoons and look forward to seeing them again hopefully soon.
    I know you are still missing Jake. I lost my Cocoa a short-haired orange and white tabby last summer. I still look for him and miss him so. Sewing isn’t the same without him laying on my fabric on the cutting table. I do have two new sewing buddies – a pair of black kittens who just turned a year old – Magnus and Klaus. A house without cats is just too lonely.

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    • Thank you, Susan – I really do like having a variety to work on. The ‘toons will be back soon – maybe even tomorrow!

      I can’t imagine not having a cat – I’ve had one ever since I was a little girl and just can’t even begin to think about what it would be like to not have one. So I’m very glad we have Baxter!

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