I've had a few busy evenings stitching the net block for my latest project. The design for block 2 (my abc's) of Stitched By Me (designed by Lynette Anderson Designs) was traced using a lightbox and a Micron Pigma pen. A lightweight fusible woven interfacing (my favourite one is Weaveline) was fused to the back of the background fabric. I used one of my hand dyed variegated Valdani Threads for the alphabet, shade M18 "Iris Petals". I used the appliqué paper and glue stick method for the appliqué. Even tiny pieces of appliqué look good!! The edges are then turned over using apliquick rods. The completed appliqué pieces are then held in place with a couple of drops of Roxanne's basting glue (you really don't need very much, and I prefer this to using those tiny appliqué pins that stab you!!) then secured into place with a very fine thread...
...I used a DMC thread for the cross stitch border. The pile of quilts, cotton reel and birdie were made using the applique paper and glue stick method. I bought the wool felt from The Eternal Maker and it is really lovely to stitch with. The wool felt flowers were hand appliquéd using the fusible method, then hand stitched using blanket stitch and a DMC thread. Small Suffolk Puffs are used as the centres for the wool felt flowers. A few colonial knots are added to the birdie, and a satin stitch heart. The wooden buttons will be stitched down properly once this project is completed and quilted...
...and here is the completed block. There are kits available for this project using Lynette's "My Hearts At Home" collection, and you can get the kit that includes the fabrics, patterns and buttons from Lynette's shop, Little Quilt Store in Australia.
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