Back in November 2015 the next block of Bluebird Lane by Natalie Bird of The Birdhouse Patchwork Designs arrived in the post. I'd seen this gorgeous BOM online on the Patchwork Chicks website and didn't waste anytime at all in signing up. However once the blocks started to arrive I was so busy with other projects, this one had to wait. Anyway, over the past few weeks I've been busy getting these blocks pieced together and it was time to make a start on this one - called "The Shearing Shed" it features some rather cute sheep leaping over the shed - and they're wearing rather gorgeous blankets, maybe to keep them warm after they've been shorn...
...I've used a method of applique for this project that uses applique paper, a glue stick and apliquick rods. There are lots of tutorials and videos on how to use these rods - I was very lucky to see Lynette Anderson demonstrating these a couple of years ago at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, and the video that I'd recommend is of her doing a demo that you can easily find on YouTube. Anyway, here's the completed block - made with a variety of techniques - machine piecing, hand embroidery with DMC threads and hand applique. Only one more block left, so I think you can guess what I'll be piecing together next weekend!
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