Friday Flower Manuka
I am sure many of you have heard of Manuka Honey. As a young girl I remember eating this. I also remember my father telling me about manuka trees, a native tree to New Zealand, and how his father before him would cut them down as a young man to clear areas for farmland. I remember my father using Manuka for axe and grubber handles, he always said you couldn't beat them for strength. Being a hardwood, it was a great source of heat from our open fire too. I remember pealing the bark off the logs to get the fire started.
The Manuka flower has a very sweet smell and is an important source of pollen and nectar for native bees and other insects so I thought it would be a great flower to introduce to our flower blocks this month. It's dainty flower are either white or pink and completely cover the tree in my Mum's backyard.
Looking at the closeup of the flower, I decided to draw a branch for my block. This block certainly needed more than just a few flowers as in reality each flower is less than an inch in diameter. I decided to use two pinks for my flowers, a light and a medium adding a darker center as this is how they appeared to me.
I cut out all the pieces - there is quite a few for this block so it took me quite a while.
When practicing the stitching for the flower center, I rather preferred the look of just the stitching and no applique center (shown in the flower on the right below). Somehow it looked more natural to me.
My finished block looked like this.
I love these flowers. I think they are so pretty you can almost smell them.
You can purchase this block pattern as a download here: Manuka Flower Block.
.....or check out all my flower blocks.