Embroidery Stitching Block 7 stitching is “never finishing the laundry”. Block 8 stitching is “warmth for the soul”. Te tree house on Block 8 is a button decoration. Clothes have miniature buttons. Te cat has a miniature heart button for its collar. Follow these stitching tips: • Draw letters on background with a water soluble fabric pen. Always test prior to use.
• For letter shapes, be sure your stitches meet up (ie., leave no gap between stitches) to provide a consistent line of stitching.
• Three strands ensure that the stitches stand out.
• Sew with an arm’s length of thread; any longer and tangles are frequent.
• With a light background use interfacing, a fusible web of some type to the back of the block. Tis provides stability but also helps hide thread tails.
• Leave embroidery stitching to follow quilting as some threads can get in the way of the quilt needle.
Working in Groups In Instalment 1, the checker strips of Block 2 were incorrectly measured as 1¾” and should be 1⅝”. Define your seam allowance (exact, scant or generous ¼”) and ensure others in the group use the same. With any piecing, even the smallest ⅛” discrepancy in a quilt will create havoc on future piecing. Tese country charm quilts have shapes that are organic and free form. Feel free to create your own stars, hearts and other shapes.
Characters by Annie Downs Faces of the friends drawing in Block 4 and the quilter in Block 8 are inspired by Australian designer Annie Downs of Hatched and Patched designs. Find many more of her great designs in her new book, Some Kind of Wonderful (SKU 4-19403) available at quilt and bookshops worldwide. Visit Anne at www.hatchedandpatched.com.au.
Block 1 hearts were missed in previous issue. Please find outlines of shapes here.
Where to Buy The fabrics in our Quilting Is quilt are warm and deep tones spanning light, medium and dark hues. For friendly help in identifying fabric ranges perfect for the Quilting Is contact The Drawing Room in County Waterford. Ask Kass about kits for the Quilting Is quilt. Contact details are on page 99.