Block 2 of Hearts and Happy Flowers is finally completed! This gorgeous quilt is a 10-part pattern by the Australian designer Leanne Beasley, and mine was sourced from Cross Patch, a fabulous online shop based in Wales, here in the UK. This has been made using several techniques, including machine piecing, hand embroidery, EPP and hand applique. Those eagle-eyed people may have noticed I've altered the first appliqued six-pointed star - that's because the positioning of the darkest diamond makes a secondary pattern when all 9 of the blocks are stitched together.
Block 2 of Hearts and Happy Flowers is ALMOST completed! These hearts have been prepared using the applique paper and glue stick method with Apliquick tools, and are ready to be held in place with a couple of spots of Roxanne's basting glue before being stitched in place...
...those pretty hearts have been appliqued into place using Aurifil 80wt thread and a Clover Black Gold applique needle. This just needs a final press on the reverse side of the block, and Block 2 will be ready to be photographed.
I'm hoping for some improvement with my EPP with these pre-cut 1" diamonds, ready for my remaining six-pointed stars for my Hearts and Happy Flowers quilt. These pre-cut papers were bought online from Sew & Quilt in Cornwall, and are available in a variety of shapes and sizes.
My first 6 pointed star has been appliqued into place! EPP really isn't my thing, and it's not perfect, but by the time I've finished all eight of them, there should be signs of some improvement! The pattern for this quilt is Hearts and Happy Flowers by the Australian designer Leanne Beasley. Are any of my blog followers stitching Hearts and Happy Flowers? This fabric pack came from Cross Patch in Wales, and Julia has put a gorgeous kit together for this one.
Happy Halloween! This "Spooky House" pattern by Lynette Anderson Designs was made 3 years ago with fabrics from Lynette's "Happy Halloween" collection and woolfelt from The Eternal Maker. This was hand embroidered with hand-dyed Valdani threads and appliquéd using the appliqué paper and glue stick method, and embellished with some wonky star buttons from my button tin.
This spooktacular parcel arrived in the post at the weekend! "The Spooky Set" pattern and "My Halloween" button pack, both by Lynette Anderson Designs - these will be stitched in time for Halloween 2019, probably into stuffed ornaments similar to the festive themed one and spring themed ones that I'd already made earlier this year. Unfortunately they won't be ready for Halloween 2018 🕷🕸👻
All the mini blocks for block 2 of Hearts and Happy Flowers have been pieced together, with all the seams pressed open to eliminate bulk and to help it lay flat - there are lots of tiny 1" blocks again, and I've fused a piece of interfacing the same size as block 2, 15,5" square, on the back ready for the embroidery and the applique. Just when I thought I'd traced all those tiny hearts for block 2, another couple of them appeared! I've used a lightpad (with adjustable brightness) and a brown Micron Pigma pen to trace the stitchery designs. My plans for this evening will involve lots of hand embroidery ❤
Block 2 of my "Hearts and Happy Flowers" quilt is coming along nicely, although there are LOTS of tiny squares in this block, with LOTS of tiny seams. These have been machine pieced together, using a fine Aurifil 50wt thread along with a Schmetz Microtex size 60 needle. I've shortened the stitch length dramatically to prevent any unravelling, and pressed the seams open to reduce bulk. As you can see, these 2 rows (mini block 1 and mini block 2) have had the stitchery designs traced on them. My favourite pen for tracing is a Micron Pigma pen, in a brown colour, with a very fine nib. I prefer a nib size 005 but they can be tricky to source. Once all the mini blocks have been pieced together, a large piece of interfacing will be fused to the back of the whole block, ready for the hand embroidery and applique. (I fused interfacing to the individual pieces of fabric before they were pieced together for Block 1, which was rather bulky when it was finished so I may re-do it when the remaining blocks have been completed - if I can bear to unpick all those tiny seams that took me so long to sew)!!
Block 2 of "Hearts and Happy Flowers" is in progress! This is a BOM that was bought from Cross Patch, an online quilt shop from Wales, and the fabric pack was supplied by Cross Patch too. This pattern is designed by the Australian designer Leanne Beasley, and combines a mixture of hand embroidery, machine piecing and hand applique. These Cosmo embroidery threads are rather delicious, and they are wonderful to stitch with - no knotting, or snapping or shredding - and they have a beautiful sheen too. I find it's really useful to use an embroidery hoop, and prefer to use wooden ones with an adjustable clasp rather than a plastic one.
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