This project has been absolutely LOVELY to piece together, and has combined my 2 favourite techniques - hand applique and hand embroidery. I couldn't wait for the border fabric to arrive before I pieced the blocks together for a photo shoot as I'm too impatient! This has all been machine pieced with Aurifil 50wt thread, and hand embroidered with a selection of DMC threads that match these fabrics beautifully. The hand applique was all completed using the applique paper and glue stick method and apliquick rods (there are several tutorials on YouTube demonstrating this). As each block was completed, I stitched around it about one eighth of an inch from the edge, to prevent all these small seams from unraveling and to prevent the fabric from fraying too much.
Blogs I follow
These are the UK shops that I use to purchase my quilting supplies - fabrics and threads etc.