I'm really enjoying this Mystery button project by Lynette Anderson Designs. The latest block, "Peace Offering" arrived in the post, and this one was quite a simple block. I traced the applique shapes onto applique paper, fused it to the back of the fabric, cut out the shapes (my favourite scissors are "Perfect Scissors" by Karen Kay Buckly), clipped the curves and turned over the edges with a glue stick and those wonderful apliquick tools...
...a few small spots of Roxanne's Basting Glue holds the applique in place instead of pesky applique pins, and my favourite applique thread at the moment is Bottom Line, a 60wt polyester thread by Superior Threads. I always try to match the colour of the thread with the background fabric, and I've been using Clover Black Gold applique needles. The stitchery design was traced onto the background fabric, and I used a wooden hoop for both the applique and the embroidery to keep the fabric taut and prevent it from "tightening". Valdani variegated threads are used for the hand embroidery and these are really lovely to sew with...
...I absolutely LOVE this foxy fellow! He's carrying a pretty hand painted button on a vine - each month a button comes with the pattern. The simple border at the top of blocks 7 and 8 is really pretty - I strip pieced some 1.5" strips of fabric for this, rather than cutting individual 1.5" squares. As you can see, I'm using fabrics also designed by Lynette for the project. I subscribed to this Mystery Button Club directly with Lynette via her online shop Little Quilt Store in Australia. There are a few stockists of this here in the UK, and if you have a look on Lynette's blog there is a list of all the shops that are participating in this across the world.
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