Sunday, March 06, 2016

More Violets

Violets-UncloseI don't know where or why I got it in my head that violets are not spring flowers.

A few people left comments on my post yesterday suggesting proof to the contrary.

And then I walked outside and thought Mother Nature was telling me, too ... until a few commenters pointed out that this is a variety of vinca, also known as periwinkle and I recognized it then, too. 

There aren't just a few of them ... they are everywhere.

In case you're wondering, although it looks and feels like spring NOW ... I am waiting to be sure before the massive garden cleanup this place needs ...


That lesson learned, I spent yesterday afternoon and evening finishing the scrappy batik blocks that are needed for the Old MacDonald's Mystery Sampler.

violet and snails trails blocks

The snails trails and violet blocks are more spread out than this in the quilt, but I wanted to put them together to get an idea of how well they will work together.   I realized yesterday that this may be the first quilt I make exclusively from batiks.  I was kind of amazed at how many different purple batiks I found in my scraps or stash.  Can a strictly batik quilt be considered a scrap quilt? The process from my perspective is the same except that I am excluding batiks from the other sampler I am making from this year's patterns for the Block Lotto and using them exclusively in this one.

If you missed it, you can see the rest of my violet blocks and a link to the free block pattern in yesterday's post here - It's Sampler Saturday at Sophie Junction.

You can find out more about the two sampler designs on the Block Lotto's 2016 QAL page.

You can find more great scrappy projects at the party for Oh Scrap! on Cynthia's blog, Quilting is More Fun Than Housework.


Tammy Hutchinson said...

I love this block! But about your flowers - I think the purple flowers in your front yard are vinca, or sometimes called periwinkle, not violets. Vinca grows as a ground cover as your photo shows. There are many kinds of violets and some do bloom in the spring. Some are best as houseplants, and some grow wild like dogtooth violets around here in the NC mountains.

Turid said...

Lovely violets, and even more lovely violet blocks. I'm SOOOO longing for spring.

TheItinerantChemist said...

Sounds like a scrap quilt to me! :) The batiks are beautiful, and so are the blocks you've made with them.

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

This little posy block is a favorite of mine. I love them in purple. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful violets. They bloom later here, usually, not with the first things like crocus and hyacinth and tulips and redbud trees. Your blocks look so elegant together. I often think of buying only batiks from now on. I really like the way the fabrics make such flat seams.

Mama Spark said...

I love your flowers but I agree with Tammy, I too think they are Vinca. They are a lovely violet color though. My violets are not blooming yet, but it is still pretty cold here in Michigan. We get true violets (from our woods) and also Viola's (aka Johnny Jump Ups) in our yard.

MissPat said...

Your violet blocks are lovely and , of course, a quilt is scrappy even if it is all batiks. And Tammy and Mama Spark are correct. The real flowers pictured are vinca not violets. Pretty just the same.

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