Ohhh I love my postman when he delivers parcels like this! Block 8 of "Leanne' s House" arrived from Cross Patch in Wales. 3 guesses what I was doing on Saturday afternoon! I pieced together several strip sets when I made block 1 and I'm so glad I did! It's much easier when you've already got a set of 1.5" squares already sewn together...
...my favourite marking pen is a Micron Pigma pen, with a very fine nib size 005. I bought a pack of these pens in assorted colours from Sew and So' s in Bungay a few months ago. You do need a very steady hand as the ink is permanent, but 2 strands of embroidery thread covers this perfectly...
...an embroidery hoop keeps the fabric taut, and my favourite is a wooden one (I used a plastic one a few years ago and found that after about half an hour of stitching it became heavy and awkward to hold). The pattern suggests using 3 strands of embroidery thread, but I prefer to use 2 strands, and I use a John James embroidery needle. These are available in a variety of sizes so you can use whatever size you prefer...
...the embroidery on this block is really very pretty, and very simple stitches look very effective. The appliqued hearts were stitched in place after the embroidered line and flowers. These hearts are quite small, approx 2" tall. Again I've used an embroidery hoop to keep the fabric taut while the applique is stitched into place to stop the background fabric from puckering up...
...and finally block 8 is completed! I've stitched the first 6 blocks together, and it's really coming along very nicely! I'll stitch blocks 7 and 8 together over the weekend, and while I'm waiting for block 9 to arrive in the post I'll carry on with Journey of a Quilter, my other project by Leanne Beasley!
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