A few weeks ago I had a "sew-cation" and was able to machine piece together the remaining blocks of Journey of a Quilter. (This quilt is designed by one of my favourite Australian designers, Leanne Beasley - I've made several of her designs, quilts cushions and bags over the past few years). My favourite thread for piecing is Aurifil 50wt thread, and together with a size 60 Schmetz Microtex needle and my Bernina straight stitch needle plate for precision piecing, these small pieces went together like a dream. The stitchery designs were traced with a very fine Micron Pigma pen (my favourite is a pale brown colour) and then the fun begins...
...the hand embroidery was completed with 2 strands of DMC threads, using a selection of simple stitches - back stitch, satin stitch and colonial knots. I fused a very soft woven interfacing to the back of the stitchery backgrounds before I pieced the block together - this gives a bit of "body" to the fabric and prevents "shadowing" of the embroidery threads through the fabric...
...I use a nice fluffy towel underneath my finished work when I give it a final press to prevent the embroidery stitches from being flattened down. Here's the finished block - only one more to go, then I can join them together ready for the borders to be added. The set of 10 patterns for the quilt and the gorgeous fabric pack was from Cross Patch in Wales - Julia has a wonderful selection of patterns and kits - she's a terrible temptation!
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These are the UK shops that I use to purchase my quilting supplies - fabrics and threads etc.