Block 2 of Anderson's Farm "Sydney The Cockerel" arrived in the post last week from Little Quilt Store in Australia - this is the latest mystery button club by Lynette Anderson Designs. I'd already signed up to this a few weeks ago, and had already received the fabric and thread pack so it didn't take too long to get started on this super block. The heart mini-block was embroidered and appliqued onto a 4.5" square...
...the main block is appliqued and embroidered with beautiful Valdani hand-dyed embroidery threads that have a beautiful variegation, the colors are really subtle. The pieced Hen and Chicks patchwork block is also 4.5" square. As this was quite small, I found it easier to press the seams open rather than press them to one side. I used a straight stitch needle plate, a Schmetz Microtex size 60 needle and my favourite Aurifil 50wt thread for precision piecing...
...and here's the finished block. Cock-a-doodle doooo!! Each block is embellished with a hand painted wooden button (there is a button with each pattern). I've just laid the button on for the photograph, it will be stitched in place once the project is finished and quilted. Sydney is a very handsome fellow, and certainly was a joy to stitch.
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