Just before Christmas, this block arrived in the post - block 3 of "Simply Blessed" by Rosalie Quinlan Designs. This as a BOM that I'd signed up to from Under the Mulberry Tree. This is the Tilda version, and includes the pre-printed linen, all the fabrics needed to make each block, and skeins of Cosmo variegated thread shade 8049. It was the perfect hand sewing project for over the Christmas holidays...
...it was very relaxing doing the hand stitching. For the applique I used applique paper that I'd bought from Patchwork Chicks here in the UK. The design is traced on the applique paper, cut out exactly on the traced line, then fused onto the wrong side of the fabric. I've cut around the shape leaving a quarter inch margin all around...
...I've used a fabric glue stick apliquick rods to turn the fabric over and press it into place. I bought these apliquick rods from The Fat Quarters, and I'm really enjoying using them. The finished result is lovely smooth curves! This is then hand sewn onto the background fabric. My friend Teresa loaned me her rods for me to play with, but she didn't tell me how addictive they were! Once the edges of the fabric are turned over, the shape is glued to the background fabric with Roxanne's basting glue...
...once the appliqué is completed, I've used a fine applique needle and a neutral silk thread to stitch each layer into place. Then the borders of the block are machine stitched into place, with a mid-grey coloured Mettler fine embroidery thread and a Schmetz Microtex size 60 needle...
...the seams are pressed, and the block is completed. That's all the blocks finished for the fist row! Last week block 4 arrived in the post, and I'll make a start with the embroidery of that one over the weekend.
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