...I used an assortment of linen, and fabrics by Lynette Anderson Designs for the background blocks for the applique. I love the scrappy look of using an assortment of fabrics for this project. I've recently started using Aurifil 80wt thread for hand applique and it really is perfect - teamed up with a Clover Black Gold applique needle, you can hardly see the stitches! The blocks were machine pieced together using Audidfil 50wt thread in a mid-grey shade (my favourite colour for piecing!) and you can see how I've machined along the outer edge of the border str
The fourth and final block is completed! This is "It's Santa" and is from the "Scandinavian Christmas" quilt pattern by Lynette Anderson Designs. These gorgeous fabrics are from Lynette's latest festive collection, "Frosty Friends" and they are absolutely beautiful to sew with. I've used a piece of linen that I bought from Norway a few years ago, and these fabrics really work well with it. Those cute churn dash blocks were all pieced together a few weeks ago. I bought this set of patterns just after Christmas from Patchwork Chicks, here in the UK - there is a also a list of stockists on Lynette's website, and the patterns are also available from her online shop, Little Quilt Store.
Block 3 "Angel House" - this pattern is "Scandinavian Christmas" by Lynette Anderson Designs ...made with some Norwegian linen and a selection of Lynette's festive fabrics from her latest collection "Frosty Friends" which is absolutely gorgeous! This block has been machine pieced with Aurifil 50wt thread, hand embroidered using DMC threads, and hand appliqued using the applique paper and glue stick method with apliquick tools.
Block 2 "Winter Friends" of Scandinavian Christmas has been completed! This is a quilt pattern by Lynette Anderson Designs, and has been made with some Norwegian linen and a selection of festive fabrics from Lynette's newest collection "Frosty Friends". Hand embroidered with DMC threads and hand appliqued. Loving these fabrics combined with the linen - this has given me lots of ideas for future projects!
Block 1 "Reindeer Stack" is completed! It didn't take very long to machine piece the smaller blocks together and join them to the side of the main block (The benefits of planning ahead and making all the small blocks at the same time). This pattern is "Scandinavian Christmas" by Lynette Anderson Designs and has been machine pieced with Aurifil 50wt thread, hand embroidered using DMC threads and hand appliqued using the applique paper and glue stick method with apliquick tools. Fabrics are a selection from Lynette's new festive collection "Frosty Friends" and have been teamed with a beautiful piece of linen that I bought from Norway when I was there on holiday a few years ago.
These are a few of the embroidered snowflake blocks for Scandinavian Christmas (pattern by Lynette Anderson Designs). I thought it would be easier to work with a larger piece of linen rather than cut smaller squares. I'm using "Sticky Fabri-Solvy" - this is a dissolvable stabiliser that the snowflake design has been photocopied onto. The backing paper is removed, and the stabilizer is pressed into place. Once all the embroidery has been completed, this piece of linen will be rinsed in warm water, and the stabiliser simply dissolves. When it's dry, the individual squares can be cut to size. The embroidered snowflake blocks have been trimmed to size and are ready to be machine pieced together with the churn dash blocks that I'd made last weekend. I might even get the first complete block finished!
Saturday morning was very productive at Foreman Towers! I was busy cutting up some fabrics from the Frosty Friends collection by Lynette Anderson Designs (this is Lynette's latest festive collection of fabrics) ready to make some Churn Dash blocks for the Scandinavian Christmas quilt. These blocks are quite small (just 3" finished size) so as usual for precision piecing I'm using a straight stitch needle plate, a Microtex size 60 needle and Aurifil 50wt thread. Only 16 more blocks to make...
...and by the end of the day, I had a nice collection of blocks ready for this quilt! I thought it would be much easier making all the blocks in one session. I'm getting on well with my new Bernina 570QE sewing machine - it really does sew beautifully, as you can see from all these little blocks. I've had a very happy sewing day!
A few weeks ago, Lynette Anderson sent me a gorgeous bundle of fat eighths of her latest festive fabrics, Frosty Friends. It is perfect for this project, Scandinavian Christmas. The applique for block 1 was prepped using the applique paper and gluestick method...
...and the applique was stitched in place by hand, using Aurifil 80wt thread onto the linen background, that had already been embroidered. Once the block has been trimmed to size, the next step will be to make 3 churn dash blocks, and a couple of embroidered blocks that will be pieced together and stitched to the side.
This set of patterns was bought online from Patchwork Chicks, here in the UK, just after Christmas 2016. This design is "Scandinavian Christmas" by Lynette Anderson Designs, and as is usual for Lynette's designs, it incorporates both applique and stitchery. A friend had recommended a product that was new to me - "Sticky Fabri-Solvy" by Sulky. These sheets of stabiliser can be put through an inkjet printer and a stitchery design can be photocopied on it, ready to be stitched over. The stabiliser is dissolvable, and is much quicker to use than tracing a design by hand. I'd already done a bit of a test patch to check the colour fastness of the red DMC thread. When I was happy with the test, the main design was copied, the backing paper removed and the stabiliser pressed into place on a piece of linen. I'd already fused a piece of weaveline interfacing to the back of a piece of linen, and made a start on the stitchery...
...this was the first time that I'd used "Sticky Fabri-Solvy" by Sulky (bought online from Amazon). Overall, I'm quite impressed. It's quicker than tracing the design by hand, and it's much more accurate, especially for all that cross stitch! Well, now it's time to rinse it off and see if it's worked! Drum roll please..... it worked! The block was rinsed in lukewarm water and the "Sticky Fabri-Solvy" stabiliser has completely dissolved. The block is now drying on a towel, then I'll press it on the back.
However there are a couple of things I'd do differently for the next block.
1. Use a thinner interfacing on the back of he linen... my favourite is weaveline, but it was a bit tricky stitching through so many layers. Next time I'll use a finer Vilene interfacing.
2. Stay-stitch around the edges of the Solvy stabiliser once it's in place. As I moved my embroidery hoop around this block, the edges of the stabiliser lifted up... I couldn't be bothered to get my machine set up yesterday, but 5 mins spent doing that would have saved a few hours of swearing!
3. Wear a thimble!! Stitching through the stabiliser, the linen AND the interfacing is hard work!!
4. Stitch the finer details e.g the satin stitch and colonial knots when the stabiliser has been rinsed off.
This gorgeous backing fabric was supplied by J-Quilts, my longarm quilter, and the quilt sleeve was made with some of the left over fabric. I use a method for making the sleeve that was taught by Philippa Naylor, and this is hand stitched into place on the back of the quilt, taking care for the stitches not to go through to the front of the quilt. The full instructions for making the sleeve are in Philippa's book, Quilting in the Limelight. This just needs to have a bit more hand stitching to secure the sleeve in place and will be ready to hang on display in my local quilt shop, Kis Quilting Ltd in Ipswich.
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