I am glad I took the time to hand embroider this one. I enjoyed it very much – Hand stitching is quite relaxing and a true stress reliever. Get your pattern now at The Splendid Sampler.
As I explained in my previous post about this block, I used Sticky Fabri Solvy that I ran through a copy machine. I stuck it to the fabric and stitched away using my stash of DMC embroidery floss. Here are the colors I used:
- Green – 561
- Turquoise – 3765
- Red – 326
- Blue – 336
- Medium Gold – 680
- Brown – 3371
I followed the color choices in the pattern for the most part. I didn’t use a hoop. I find the Sticky Fabri Solvy stabilizes the fabric enough to stitch without one.
Once the hand stitching was completed, I squared it up to 6 1/2 inches square and added my border sashing. Then I quilted it using my free motion open toe foot like this:
- Stitched around the outside of the embroidered design
- Moving from one part of the design to another stitching with stippling
- Stitch the border design like the other blocks.
Free motion quilting around the edges of the embroidered areas made those areas pillow out a bit giving the block some additional dimension.
I used the same fabric for the back as I used for the front. You can see the quilting design clearly on the back.
Until Next Time!
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