Needle turn applique! Small fabric pieces! I love trying new methods and have learned so much from The Splendid Sampler.I really hadn’t done much if any needle turn applique, so I used the the tutorial over at Bee in My Bonnet. Lori Holt has nice clear photos of the process there if you don’t know (or can’t remember) how to needle turn applique. It is worth trying if you haven’t done it before. The small pieces on this particular block do make it challenging. My shapes are not all uniform, but to me that is the charm of hand stitching. It’s not perfect and I like it that way. I have found I am enjoying hand work again after many years of not really doing any. I did a lot of cross stitch back in the 90s. It is quite relaxing to hand stitch.
Here’s how I quilted it using my free motion ruler foot:
- Stitched around the applique designs
- Stitched diagonal lines spaced by using the foot as a guide (I didn’t mark the lines)
- Stitch the border design like the other blocks.
Until Next Time!
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