I finally finished block 92 yesterday. I tried something new … it didn’t work but at least I know it for the next time. I tried a tiny blanket stitch since the pieces on this are so small. It ended up looking like a messed up satin stitch which wasn’t at all the look I was going for – haha!
I’m still embroidering block 91 but hopefully today I’ll finish that one. I’d really like to stay on top of these at the end when we’re so close. In the meantime I’m still quilting away on En Provence. I’ve finished 3 of 5 rows so maybe another week or so?
The big question is – are we done with hand stitching yet? I wouldn’t be surprised to see another EPP or similar challenge from Jane in these last few blocks. Stay tuned!
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It is hard to believe block 93 will be released tomorrow. I think we are do for another paper pieced or EPP block as well. I need to print out this block and cut the appliqué so I’ll be ready tomorrow. I have been sashing the first 25 this week. Have you ever used filament thread? When the pieces can be folded into freezer paper, it works very nicely, and no worries about matching thread! Still like your block 92.😊
I haven’t had good luck so far with filament thread but I’m not sure I understand what you meant about the freezer paper so maybe I’m about to learn something! Can you go into some detail?
I learned this from a Kim Diehl book. Trace the appliqué pieces onto the dull side of the freezer paper. If there’s many of the same piece, make a template, otherwise I just lay it over the pattern and trace with a pencil.
Cut them out on the lines. Use a bit if fabric glue to attach the dull side to the wrong side of your fabric. Cut the shapes out leaving a 1/4 inch or so margin to turn under.
Now you can turn the edges onto the waxy side of the freezer paper and set them with the iron. A little fabric glue helps in tricky areas. And of course, clip curves so the edges are smooth.
Once the edges are turned you can place your pieces. Use some fabric glue on the turned edges to glue them to your background and set with the iron. Now you can use a narrow zig zag using filament to stitch them down. Because the edge is finished, it doesn’t have to be even close to a satin stitch. You can match thread too, but the filament allows you to do an entire layer without changing spools.
When you are finished, you can trim out the back and remove the freezer paper.
Bzzz! Looking good! I hope we aren’t done with the hand stitched blocks. They are my favorites:)
If we get any more of them, I’m sending them your way – haha!
Are you going to redo a block or just use it? It still has charm even with the mess up.
The tiny blanket stitch might work if you colour matched the thread? Maybe anyway.
I am almost ready to post three blocks I have been working on for 5 years. Lol 😂🙃 love your quilts.
I may catch up with you soon – I have 2 blocks from the machine quilting project that I never have done yet!
I’m so impressed that you’re keeping up with the Splendid Sampler blocks. I’ve been downloading them when they’re released but I haven’t made any in quite a while 🙁 I’m not sure if I’ll try to make more or just use what I have (50+) and finish a quilt…we’ll see!
50 would definitely get you to a quilt with some sashing, borders, setting blocks, or any combination.
Your honeybee’s look wonderful!
Thank you so much!