I'd ordered this gorgeous kit from Cross Patch in Wales a few weeks ago, when I I was sfull of good intentions of getting Christmas projects underway. Well life gets in the way sometimes, and I was just too busy so this got left to one side. Anyway, last weekend I finally made a start on preparing the applique for one of the blocks, and had a productive time getting all the shapes traced onto applique paper and fused to the back of the fabric...
...I used those wonderful Apliquick rods to turn the edges of the fabric over the applique paper, then used a few spots of Roxanne's basting glue to hold the shapes in place. The shapes were then stitched down by hand using a very fine thread - I'm using Bottomline thread at the moment, and used a neutral shade for this project. I usually use a Micron Pigma pen to trace stitchery designs, but mine had run out so I tried a Frixion pen - I hadn't had much success with these in the past, but thought I'd try them one more, and I'm really pleased with the results - especially as they are available in my local supermarket! The hand embroidery was completed with DMC threads. This just needs to be trimmed to size, and put to one side ready for piecing together in a few weeks. This pattern is "Christmas Blessings" and is by Natalie Bird, of The Birdhouse Patchwork Designs - another Australian designer whose work I'm very fond of. I've prepped a bit more of the applique, and hope to get more of these applique blocks done over the next couple of weeks if I have a quiet evening or two, although the patchwork star blocks will have to wait until January. At least it will be finished ready for Christmas 2017!!
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