The pattern and fabrics for Block 7 of Bluebird Lane by Natalie Bird arrived back in October last year from Patchwork Chicks here in the UK. It was safely packed away with the others, and was in the queue for "projects I really must start"!! Eventually I started this project a few weeks ago - the centre block was pieced together, and the flower and alphabet were appliqued into place, I used the applique paper, glue stick method, along with apliquick rods for this, and the applique pieces are then held in place with a few spots of Roxanne's basting glue. Finally, the applique is secured with hand sewing using a very fine thread (I recommend YLI silk thread or Bottomline, both in a neutral colour to match the background fabric). The "label" has been hand embroidered with DMC threads...
...unfortunately I really don't like making hexagons, and there are a few of them on this block. And they're only HALF INCH hexagons!! They're my LEAST favourite thing to make, and they were making me use some very bad words!!! Thankfully I had some applique paper pre-cut hexies that I used for these, and once they'd been pieced together by hand, these pesky little blighters were beaten into submission with a blast of steam and a hot iron. Once those pesky hexies (did I say they were only half inch hexagons??!!!) had finally been appliquéd into place, I must admit I was rather pleased with them!...
...and here is the finished block. This has been machine pieced, hand appliqued and hand embroidered. Those pesky half inch hexagons gave me a bit of grief, but I'm really pleased with the result!! Now I can get started on block 8. Thankfully there aren't any hexagons on that one!
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