This week is the the first brand new Block of the Month hosted by the very lovely Jacquelynne Steves called Maggie's First Dance. You can find Block One by here. The blocks will be issued once a month and will contain a variety of techniques for you to create your block. This BOM is for just six months so it will be fast! You can have a new quilt ready for the holiday season!
For the first block, I tried something way out of my comfort zone. Free motion embroidery!
The block is perfect! I wanted to try something new for center block. The free motion embroidery was interesting way to create the center block using many colors of Aurifil thread in both 40 and 50wt.
To make this easy center block, I printed the embroidery portion of the pattern. I cut a square of fabric about the same size as the page it was printed on 8.5x11in. I used Pellon sf101 fusible interfacing and ironed on according to the manufacturer's instructions. When the fabric cooled, I used painters tape ( or you can use wash tape) to place on a window or if you have a light box that would be great too!
Frixion pens are wonderful for embroidery pattern tracing. They have a thin tip and iron away if you make a mistake or when you are finished and do not want lines to show.
After the pattern has been traced, it is time for fun! I have a Bernina 440qe. I am using the help of my BSR to make the free motion embroidery process easier.
Get your machine set for free motion quilting and start by following the lines in each section. I started with the stems, since they are straighter and easier to fill. I used two colors to give some depth.
Then I started on the petals of each flower. I started slow by outlining each petal and center then starting filling in.
Then fill in the centers with a different color.
The only downside is that I have some puckering around the petals of the flowers. I may need a hoop for making the fabric more taut in the future or maybe try a thicker stabilizer. I may try both and let you know how it goes!
Here is a photo of the full quilt we will be making together! Isn't it lovely!
I am honored to be one of the bloggers that will be participating in making the monthly blocks with you, sharing my color choices, and maybe give some tips to help make the blocks presented. This is the perfect way to play without the time commitment of a full year!
The list of bloggers is so cool, be sure to visit them, say hello and see how they are creating their blocks! Variety is the spice of life :o)
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Now for the fabulous giveaway sponsored by Aurifil Thread!
To get this party started, Jacquelynne will be giving away a small spool Aurifil collection!
This giveaway will close June 12 and a random winner will be chosen and announced by June 14, 2016.
This wonderful giveaway is open to all of our international friends. If you are a no reply blogger, please leave your contact information in your comment.
You have a chance of winning by just leaving a comment on my blog!
I would love to know...
Have you started making your holiday projects? If so, how many have you completed?
How is that for Motivation!?!
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