Amongst everything else I’ve been trying to keep up with my Anderson Farm quilt, I’ve been concentrating on finishing block 9, the penultimate block, as I knew the final block would be arriving any day!!
It’s a really sweet block called ‘Welcome’ showing a mare and her foal. When I first looked at it I thought the trees would take FOREVER! But I persevered and actually they didn’t take that long! The leaves on the left hand tree are lazy daisy stitch together with three french knots. I used a DMC variegated thread in green and purple which I think work pretty well.
The hills and the horses are all appliqued with bondaweb and blanket stitch,the foal is in a dark brown felt, which I find doesn’t stick quite so well as quilting cotton. The right hand tree leaves are just straight stitches. I picked a soft green/beige variegated thread to start with, but I decided within one branch it was too light, so I substituted one thread with a medium green. If I was stitching it again I would have used a more verdant green, but you can do a lot with hindsight! The button provided by Lynette as part of the block-of-the-month is of a bird in its nest, it sits in that slight gap on the left hand tree. I’m not stitching buttons on now until I’ve done the quilting.
I stitched another heart block and a hen and chicks block which together made block nine.
The instructions said I could now stitch this block to a length of 1.5″ blocks I made a couple of months ago, together with the rabbit and the fox blocks I stitched in the summer. The blocks were now taking shape.
I arranged on the floor the remaining blocks in a possible pattern and actually when the final block arrived today in the post I wasn’t far out 🙂
I’m linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow-stitching Sunday, why not have a look what everyone else has been stitching,.