Another kit that has been on that very long list is In Full Bloom - purchased many years ago, this had been carefully stored away, waiting for "just the right time" to stitch it - and it was finally that time! The kit included the set of patterns, (this was originally a block of the month back in 2011/2012) a full colour sheet showing a picture of the completed quilt, all the original fabrics (these are from the Secret Garden collection, also designed by Lynette Anderson) and some beautiful yarn dyed fabric that was to be used for ther stitchery backgrounds. I traced the design using a lightpad (a very thin lightbox, and this large A3 sized one has 3 levels of brightness which is really useful) and a Micron Pigma pen - my favourite one is the finest nib, size 005, and a light brown, sepia, colour...
...once the designs were traced (the ink in these pens is permanent, so you do need a steady hand when you're using them), the hand embroidery was stitched using a combination of DMC and Cosmo embroidery threads. I used the solours that Lynette suggested, as I was using her original fabrics. The stitchery designs were then pressed, and cut out - there is a template included in the pattern for this - ready to be prepared for the applique part of the project...
...the edges have been turned over, and hand stiched into place using a very fine thread - the stitches are almost impossible to see. These appliqued blocks will be joined together with some Broken Dishes patchwork blocks later, to make the quilt top.
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