Beth’s Brunsvigia Quilt 1

I drew most of the blocks a few months ago, and checked them out a few days ago.

I couldn’t help but play with the blocks for few minutes … or maybe it was hours.

First I had to remember how to turn a pieced block with squares and rectangles only into a quilt layout. (On the Electric Quilt quilt worktable select Quilt – Create quilt from Block …. check out page 56 of the manual.)

Then add blocks, and modify some to fit in corners, and make the leaves taller … and share on a blog!

When I am not being a real or virtual quilter I like getting my hands dirty in the garden. The Brunsvigia or Empress Lilly are stunning spring bulbs which are dormant during the winter months. Like the Easter Lilly the flower comes first … but they do not flower for ten years after planting the bulbs. At least I don’t have to wait ten years to see leaves.

I had them in my previous garden, and saw them flower just as I dug them out to move them to the new garden, and now I have to wait for the next first flowering.

At least I now have some virtual Brunsvigia without that ten year wait for the real deal!

About Virtual Quilter

I am a quilter who designs many more quilts than I will ever make, and I am sharing one quilt design every day in Virtual Quilter. I also share my completed projects in Stuff-Ups, and Christmas decorations in Christmas Everyday of the Year.
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10 Responses to Beth’s Brunsvigia Quilt 1

  1. Laura says:

    Never heard of Brunsvigia…interesting!

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    • Laura,

      I wondered about the bulb that never flowered in my Mum’s garden, then fell in love with the flowers when I was at home at the right time to see them for the first time. The flower comes first before the strappy leaves, and like most South African flora they are very comfortable growing in our climate.

      Judy B

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  2. cindythequilter says:

    I have never heard of this flower either. Off to google it! Oh and I think it is a great feature to be able to turn a block into a quilt layout. Another EQ great feature!

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    • Cindy,

      As it is a South African bulb it grows well in our similar climate, but suspect it would not do well where there is too much cold, ice and snow. I am working at making the flowers look more like the real thing, but would love to see the real thing again to examine the flower more closely.

      Judy B

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  3. cindythequilter says:

    I just found out that it is related to the Amaryllis. My mother always grew these bulbs in the house and they were amazing flowers. The brunsvigia look even more amazing!

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  4. Toni Leggate says:

    Such a lovely, happy top. Makes me smile! Must research this flower – fascinating… Thanks Judy

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    • Toni,

      I am still doing some modifications to my blocks, and with a big slice of imagination they could also be quite a few different bulbs, and I was thinking that they would all be big bulbs, but then looked through a bulb catalogue and some of the smaller ones are similar. I could keep changing the colours of the flowers and modifying leaf shapes for ever … breeding new bulbs without getting my hands dirty!

      Judy B

      Virtual Quilter https://virtualquilter.wordpress.com

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      • Toni Leggate says:

        lol! But you would miss the sprouting of new plants and the joy of seeing the full cycle of your hard gardening work! You need to get your hands dirty! As well as developing lots of new ‘bulb’ quilts!
        Have a great weekend…

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        • Toni,

          Yes, I would miss watching the garden come to life again after a long, hot, dry summer, and would really miss watching the flowers come out. And I don’t think I will spend all day outside, so the virtual garden blocks will keep growing too.

          Judy B

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