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the colour of Spring

May 5, 2021

it is hard to believe the gentian flower is real – the colour is so intense

an exceptional year for bluebells – they are taking over

I must confess I’ve been digging out large clumps of them

the deer don’t eat them – unlike the gentian and all the tulips

multi coloured flowers in the lawn

stitching the window hexies together

early on I decided to make all the centers the same colour

and now I have to make more, fortunately there is enough fabric

but it seems like this project will never end

the scrappy hexies will be the month of May page in the fabric book

green – as a natural dyer I always think of indigo topped dyed on a natural yellow

the reverse page will be leaves appliqued on an abstract leaf patternand the scent of lily-of-the-valley fills the back garden


15 Comments leave one →
  1. May 8, 2021 1:40 am

    Fabulous garden a pretty hexies.


  2. May 6, 2021 6:36 pm

    Everything looks wonderful – that feel that a new season is unfolding – along with your hexies which also are growing…


  3. Kate permalink
    May 6, 2021 4:54 am

    I love your scrappy hexagons, they look like roses – did you ever write a post on how to make them?


  4. Kate permalink
    May 6, 2021 4:11 am

    I love your scrappy hexagons and I would love to make some – did you ever post how to make them? Beautiful bluebells and gentians.


    • May 6, 2021 10:34 am

      Kate – I showed the picture that inspired the scrappy hexagons, blog post (“little things mean a lot” April 20, 2021) I had no instructions and simply studied the example and experimented. I had done a similar pattern in the shape of a circle for some years so it wasn’t difficult. You just start with a small center piece and then build up strips working outward. I hand stitch them as doing it by machine is too fiddly.


  5. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    May 6, 2021 3:05 am



  6. May 6, 2021 12:44 am

    What a very pretty post! Those gentians simply don’t look real. I’ll never forget the time I saw one ‘in the wild’ in Switzerland. It was so very bright I thought from a distance it was a piece of plastic rubbish. And the thumbnail of your window hexies briefly reminded me of petunias. And oh, those lilies of the valley, I can almost smell them!


    • May 6, 2021 10:38 am

      Kate – thanks, gentian blue is really something special. I’ve put little vases of lily of the valley in all my rooms and the house smells lovely.

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  7. jilloy permalink
    May 5, 2021 4:39 pm

    Jean, I love how your window hexies are coming together!


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