The second block of "Bluebird Lane" arrived in the post back in April 2015, and I finally made a start on it last weekend. This BOM was bought from Patchwork Chicks here in the UK, and this pattern is by another Australian designer, Natalie Bird of The Birdhouse Patchwork Designs. There was lots of applique to prepare (my favourite method is using applique paper, a glue stick and apliquick rods), and the background had to be pieced together, then I was ready to start. I found it easier to embroider "blessings" on the fabric before it was trimmed to size and appliqued into place. I traced the banner onto a piece of applique paper, fused it to the back of the fabric, and positioning it carefully on the pattern I was able to trace "blessings" with a very fine Micron Pigma pen and a lightbox. The applique paper worked as a stabiliser and I found this much easier than embroidering on top of the banner through several layers. Once the word was embroidered, I trimmed the fabric to size and appliqued it into position as usual...
...once the applique and embroidery was finished, there were blocks to make for the border, and these were machine pieced with my favourite Aurifil 50wt thread. Here's the completed block "Little Country Church".
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