A couple of weeks ago the next block of "Anderson's Farm" arrived in the post from Austraia. This is a mystery button club by Lynette Anderson (another fabulous Australian designer!) and each month the pattern arrives with a cute wooden hand painted button, ready to embellish the completed quilt. It was been languishing in my sewing bag and I finally managed to piece the small patchwork block together over the weekend. This block is 4" finished size, so it was much easier to get accurate seams by pressing them open rather than pressing to one side...
...the small applique heart has lots of surface embroidery, and I found this easier to complete the embroidery before it was cut to shape and appliqued into place, although I have fused an applique paper template onto the back of the fabric to act as a stabiliser. The horse was also appliqued using the same method as the heart, and her foal was made with wool, and was fused to the background fabric with steam-a-seam lite, then hand embroidered using blanket stitch and 2 strands of Valdani embroidery thread. The hand painted wooden button was just laid on top of the block for the photograph, as the buttons won't be stitched into place until the quilt top is finished and quilted...
...and here is block 9 after it had been stitched into place and the rows joined together. There is one more block to go, and then the borders will be added. I might even try to machine quilt this one myself once it's finished! This set of patterns, along with the hand painted wooden buttons, the fabric pack and a set of beautiful Valdani embroidery threads were bought online from Lynette's shop Little Quilt Store in Australia as a mystery button club BOM. Lynette is doing this BOM again, and fabric packs are available using a new range of Lynette's fabrics. All the info is over on Lynette's blog if you want to have a peek!
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