On Friday night I decided to set too and finish the embroidery for my Anderson’s Farm quilt. This is my third BOM in progress at the moment and probably the one which takes most time. It’s designed by Lynette Anderson, I’ve loved her work since I first saw Journey of a Quilter so when I saw this new Block of the Month, I jumped at the opportunity.
Lynette’s designs tend to have a lot of applique and embroidery, they are more wall hangings than everyday quilts (in my home anyway!!) There were three parts to this months block, a pieced block, a small appliqued and embroidered heart (both of which I finished a couple of weeks ago) and then main block which is an embroidered applique of a barn.
I’m still very new to applique ( like at the beginning of the year I had never tried it!) so it’s been a pretty steep learning curve. I tried using chalk paper to transfer the design but couldn’t get it to work so in the end I used a window and a pencil! I’ll give the chalk paper another go next month…
I stitched the applique using the needleturn method and then started the embroidery. Lynette uses Valdani embroidery threads, they sound beautiful,they are subtly variegated but were a bit out of my budget and I also had a box full of DMC so I was very pleased when Coast and Country sent me conversion chart. I discovered that DMC now do a lovely range of variegated threads so I bought a selection in Samuel Taylors, aren’t they gorgeous!
I’m really pleased with how the embroidery has turned out, it’s just back-stitch, french knots and lazy-daisy’s, when I first started the main tree I thought it was going to take forever, what with all those leaves and blossom, but a few day-dreams later and it was done! I left the windows til almost the end as they were the bit I was worried about getting neat the most!
The hand-painted button mushroom should really be stitched on at the end, Lynette advises stitching it after quilting, but I couldn’t quite trust myself not to have lost it by then, and I wanted to see it on anyway.
My first month is complete, it’s interesting to compare the different BOM’s seen as I’m doing three at the moment! I think Lynette’s is more designed for the experienced sewer, whilst the instructions are there, they aren’t in quite the same detail as say the Pat Sloan BOM’s, so I am having to concentrate more! The instructions are sufficient, my only criticism would be that it would be nice to have a bigger image of the finished block, just to help with embroidery, a 2″ square photo really doesn’t help me much!
I finished the first block just in time as block two arrived yesterday from Coast and Country…it’s got a gorgeous cockerel as the main block!