A couple of weeks ago the next block of Anderson's farm (this is a Mystery Button Club designed by Lynette Anderson Designs) arrived in the post all the way from Australia. Each month another pattern arrives, complete with a cute hand-painted wooden button. I'd signed up for this with Lynette, and these have been coming from her shop in Australia, Little Quilt Store. I'd bought a fabric pack from her too, as this is made with a variety of fabrics from several of her fabric collections. I traced the stitchery design onto the background fabric with a Micron Pigma pen and was ready to start stitching. The applique was all completed using applique paper, a glue pen and apliquick rods. Then finally it is hand sewn into place with a YLI silk thread. That piggy button is so sweet!...
...I used a white Sewline pencil to trace the stitchery design for the appliqued heart, and I found it much easier to stitch the design before cutting the shape out. I didn't use weave line on the back, I just used the applique paper as a stabiliser. The embroidery is completed with over-dyed Valdani embroidery threads - these colours are really subtle, and they're lovely to sew with. The hen and chicks patchwork block was finally machine pieced together over the weekend...
...and then all 3 mini-blocks were pressed and stitched together. I've used Aurifil 50wt thread in a neutral colour for all the piecing, and a Schmetz microtex size 60 needle. These blocks are looking super - there is a list of shops that are participating in this over on Lynette's blog, if you want to join in with this, hurry up and you might be able to get a place!
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