Block 4 of Journey of a Quilter was prepped last week while I was on annual leave (set of patterns and fabric pack from Cross Patch in Wales) and was packed in my sewing bag on Monday evening. (I go to a local sewing group on Monday evenings and always take some hand sewing with me. Last Monday I did an applique demonstration for the 3 ladies who I sit with - I'll do another one with them tomorrow!). This has been pieced together using Aurifil 50wt thread. The appliqued shapes were traced onto appliqued paper, cut out exactly on the traced lines and fused onto the WS of the fabric, ready to be trimmed and have the edges turned over with those apliquick rods...
...weaveline fusible interfacing is my favourite stabiliser, and is fused to the back of each piece of stitchery fabric. The designs are traced using a very fine (005, pale brown) Micron Pigma pen. The design is then hand embroidered using 2 strands of DMC embroidery thread. I always use a wooden embroidery hoop to keep the fabric taut when I'm stitching, whether it's for the applique or for the embroidery...
...I finished stitching this block late last night, so this morning I gave it a final press and it was time for a quick photo shoot. Having some hand sewing projects already prepared means I can just grab my sewing bag and relax with some stitching, whether it's an evening at the Rendlesham Sewing Group or whether it's an evening at home with Mr F!
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These are the UK shops that I use to purchase my quilting supplies - fabrics and threads etc.