This month I had two small blocks and a big block to stitch, I’ve made the appliqued heart and the little pieced block, I’ve just got the barn to make.
I’m having trouble transferring the designs onto the fabric, I bought some chalk transfer paper specially but I can’t get it to work, like there are no markings at all, I shall have to ring up the shop tomorrow to find out what I’m doing wrong. I transfered the pattern this time by holding it against a window and using a pencil, not ideal I’m sure but it worked!
I’ve appliqued all the pieces on, I just have to do the embroidery now. I bought the pack of fabric for the quilt from Coast and Country (they are supplying the pattern each month) and I’m so glad I did, they’re lovely fabrics with tiny designs, interestingly none of them are ones I would have seen in a shop and thought Ooh, must have that! but they work so well for the pattern. It’s a bit of a lesson for me in fabrics to look for with this type of quilt.
I started the embroidery last night, I’m particularly pleased with the little blue bird. I’m working my way up the fir tree at the moment. I’ve got another more complicated tree to stitch on the left, full of french knots! The pattern uses Valdani threads, having a box full of DMC threads I decided I would use those instead, Coast and Country kindly sent a DMC conversion chart and typically I had about four out of eighteen!
The next block for the Splendid Sampler has just been posted and it’s a cute embroidered block, so I might put the barn to one side after today to stitch that one as I’ve only four days before the next block comes out…I’ve suddenly got lots of hand-stitching 🙂