Block 7 of Journey of a Quilter (set of patterns and fabric pack from Cross Patch in Wales, patterns by the Australian designer Leanne Beasley) was prepared a couple of weeks ago, so I had several blocks prepared ready for the hand embroidery and applique. I spent a couple of days prepping several blocks - it certainly saved time from continually setting up my sewing machine and ironing board! The blocks were all pieced together with Aurifil 50wt thread, weave line interfacing was fused to the background fabric that were to be embroidered, and the stitchery designs were traced with a Micron Pigma pen. A wooden hoop keeps the fabric taut and prevents puckering...
...once the embroidery and applique is completed, the block is pressed on the reverse with a hot iron. I always use a thick fluffy towel under the block to prevent the embroidery stitches from being flattened. This project uses DMC embroidery thread, and the stitches are all quite simple - back stitch, satin stitch and colonial knots (the daisy centres are completed with backstitch in the pattern instructions, but I preferred the texture of colonial knots)...
...this block is made up of several mini blocks that once pieced together look fas more complicated than it really is. Some of the seams have been pressed open to reduce bulk, especially on the smaller pieces. This will now be riolled up with the other blocks while I complete the next 2 blocks, before they can all be joined together.
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