Planting Bulbs Pattern

Amy FriendCraftsy, etsy, gardening, paper piecing8 Comments

I know I am a little bit off season here, at least for New England.  Our bulbs finished blooming about a month ago and we won’t be planting bulbs till October.  But inspiration strikes and I don’t fight with it.  Bulb planting it is! 
This is the eighth block in my paper pieced gardening series.  There is one free block in my side bar (Picking Violets) and the rest of the patterns can be found in my Etsy shop or for immediate download on Craftsy. 
This block features a bulb planter on the left….I recently discovered that this tool was a mystery to some so I thought I had better explain!  It is a metal cylinder with sharp edges at the bottom and a handle at the top.  You push it into the ground to make a hole to plant your bulb.  You have a little bulb in the center, with shoots.  And then there is a bag. I labeled mine “Bone Meal” aka bulb food.  You could use the name of your favorite bulb instead or bulb distributor even.
The version above uses a print from my LQS for the background (no selvage), Basic Grey grunge for the bulb planter, Basic Grey Little Black Dress for the uprights on the bulb handle and for the bulb, a Pat Sloan print for the shoots, and Vintage Modern for the bulb handle and the label border.
This version uses Elizabeth’s Letters by Jill Finley for the background, again Basic Grey grunge for the bulb planter, Basic Grey Blitzen for the planter uprights, Basic Grey Little Black Dress for the bulb, the same Pat Sloan print for the shoots, Basic Grey Hello Luscious for the bulb planter handle and bag, and Hometown for the label border.
Now that I have an even number of blocks, I think it is mosaic time again!
I have learned that some customers can see the seam allowances lines on their screen but when they print the PDF file, the seam allowances do not all print out.  I am darkening the lines in future patterns because Adobe Reader has trouble with them as well as some printers.  A couple of solutions that you can try are downloading a different PDF reader, and/or changing your printer setting so that the dpi is 600 or greater.  Some combination of those things seems to work for everyone.