Thursday, 28 March 2013

Flowers a plenty

As promised last week I've been playing with flowers.
I used this die last week at Sewing for Pleasure and I liked it so much I decided to incorporate it into our sample quilt. It was a pleasure to meet so many of you at the show - especially because of the weather - and to see some of your work and talk about our shared passion for sewing.  
The bigz die I used is 657690 - Flower Layer and Leaves.
To create variety I chose 4 fabrics for the flowers and White fabric for the background.
I cut the white fabric for the background slightly larger ( 9 1/2" square ) to allow for any fraying while handling and will trim them to size when I've finished them )
I bonded a fusible web onto the wrong side of the fabrics ( 5 1/2" squares), andd put all 4 fabrics on the die and rolled them throught the Big Shot and you can see, in the picture above, the variety of shapes created.
As there would be too many pieces to fit on one block I decided to make 2 blocks - one will be machine appliqued and the other will be stitched by hand.

The photo below shows the flowers and leaves layered and pressed in place on the backing, and

then  machine appliqued - using a narrow, close zig-zag stitch
This is the set that I sewed by hand - using blanket stitch
I thoroughly enjoyed the hand stitching on this block - so I think there may be another hand stitched applique block later in the blog.
All I'm going to say about the weather this week is that the sun is shining at the moment!
So enjoy Easter, whether you're inside sewing or outside in the garden.
Have fun.



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