Monday, June 24, 2013

"Affairs of the Heart" - Embroidered block no 1

 I am having a what if moment - what if I don't applique all of the block? What if  I just embroider some of the blocks instead and sprinkle them through the quilt top with the appliqued blocks hmmm...What do you think? Below is my practice hand embroidered stem stitch block. I used Gutermann Sulky col 4106 it's a variegated thread - this is what they would look like.
I need a small and portable project to take with me while on our 3 month trip overseas starting in July- so I am planning on taking all of the completed applique "Affairs of the Heart" blocks with me so I can start on the second step of embellishing them with embroidery - but what if I take all of the unfinished blocks as well and embroider them.
Until next time happy quilting

Saturday, June 22, 2013

"Affairs of the Heart" blocks 10, 11, & 12 down only 23 block to go

This is my Block no 10,  I will be adding embroidery to all of the block later on but isn't she a beauty now? 
This is Block no 11 -  I wish my photo's could capture the true colours of the fabric better. They are very bright and in your face. 

And this is block  no 12 - If you look closely you can see the Embroidery details I have marked with a Clover - White Marking Pen (Fine). I love this pen, the markings disappear when you hit them with a hot iron. I plan to embroidery all the blocks and sew them by hand using stem stitch with a variegated Gutermann Sulky thread colour no 4106.

Thanks for dropping in... happy quilting until next time.


Thursday, June 20, 2013

"Affairs of the Heart" 7 ,8 & 9 down only 27 blocks to go

I am so happy to show you these blocks, this is block no 7
And block 8
and block no 9
Happy quilting until next time.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

"Affairs of the Heart" 6 down 30 blocks to go

"Affairs of the Heart" block 6 - These blocks are so beautiful.

Ooops!! I forgot the colour rule of applique: Threads must match the colour of the applique fabric not the background fabric. Yep I have unpicked all the offending blocks. I must also remember to choose threads that are darker than the applique fabric.

And the best way I have found to end my threads is to use the "Double Tailor's Knot" This knot was used by tailor's who made garments by hand. This knot is very, very strong and will not come undone.

I take the needle to the back of the applique block then tension the last stitch by holding your thumb over the thread, I then lay my thread in a circle away from myself to form the circle. Passing the needle under the thread of the circle and into the background fabric catching a few threads (make sure you don't come through the applique on the other side) then pass needle up through the centre of the circle, by pulling the thread tightly, the knot is then formed,  the Double Tailor's Knot is formed by repeating the above steps in the same place.

Until next time, happy quilting


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