Friday, 1 August 2014

Finished blocks waiting for their frames...


The last couple of days I have been busy finishing off the embroidery and quilting on my second little embroidered block.  I shared the start of the block with you on Monday. It is now finished and I am really pleased with the end result.



I decorated the block with the embroidery design given in the pattern by Mountain Patchwork and which appeared in the latest issue of Simply Vintage Magazine and added some buttons in the same way.



I machine quilted the centre of the block using a straight line spiral which I stitched with the walking foot of my machine.



I also prepared both the log cabin block and the previous nine patch block for framing. I started by trimming up the outer edges of the fabric and batting.  I then trimmed up the batting only to approximately half an inch smaller (at each edge) than the fabric of the finished block. Next I cut a square piece of card roughly an inch smaller than the finished block.  This square of card should end up the same size as the batting on the back of the block.



The block was then placed face down and the card lined up on top of the batting.  I ran a line of glue close to the edge of one side of the card and folded the extra fabric from the block over to the back and stuck it down.  I repeated this on the opposite edge and then the two remaining edges making sure that the corners were neat and that the fabric of the block remained taught. To finish I taped over the raw edges on the back to neaten them.



The blocks are now all finished and waiting for their frames! Yay!!





Thank you for visiting and have a lovely weekend!!

16 comments:

  1. Oh yay, fabulous work Christine, and those little buttons are so cute! I'm looking forward to seeing all your little framed works hanging there together - Yes? Enjoy your weekend, xoJoy

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    1. Thank you Joy!! I picked the buttons up when I was visiting a friend in the USA and I have been waiting to use them! I am not sure the frames blocks will end up together as one of my daughters has asked to take one of them back to University with her... we'll have to see!! Thank you for visiting me! xx

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  2. Oh they are so gorgeous Christine! The cute buttons really set them off perfectly-they are going to look so lovely hanging up. xx

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    1. Thank you Alison!! I really loved adding the buttons for the finishing touches. I have had them a little while as I picked them up on a trip to the USA a couple of years ago now and have been waiting to use them! Thank you for visiting me!! xx

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  3. I love everything about your blocks! Your embroidery is beautiful, and I love it combined with patchwork and quilting - makes me want to pull out my embroidery needles again.

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    1. Hello Linda and thank you for visiting!! Thank you for your lovely comment too. You should get those embroidery needles out... I love the patchwork/embroidery combination... it is such fun to stitch!! xx

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    2. After admiring your blocks I ordered and received not only these 2 patterns but also another one from Mountain Patchwork. I don't have Tilda fabrics but I will use your versions as inspiration for my fabric choices. :)

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    3. That's great Linda! I know you are going to have fun making them!! Can't wait to see some photos of them on your blog! :) xx

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    4. After not doing much hand sewing for years, I am finding that nice, even running stitches are more of a challenge than I remembered! ;) It makes me admire your beautiful stitching even more. You need to teach a class!
      Do you use cotton thread on your projects? I noticed that the patterns specified cotton and not quilting thread.

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    5. Well done Linda! I bet your stitches look just great!! I usually use 6 strand cotton embroidery floss for the embroidery designs but, I also like to used variegated silk thread sometimes too. I am sure that if you used quilting thread any quilting stitches that would be fine. Just have fun experimenting! :) x

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  4. Christine, these are so beautiful, I really love your blog

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    1. Hello Shelly and thank you for visiting!! I am so glad that you enjoyed my blog... that really makes me smile! :) xx

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  5. Ahh, is that Tilda fabric? I drool over that, but it is rare and expensive over here! I love your work.

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    1. Hello and thank you for visiting!! It is Tilda fabric... they are so beautiful... my favourite but they are quite expensive so they are perfect for these little pieces! :) xx

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  6. Beautiful blocks! Looove them so much! I have the magazine too and soem time I wnat to stitch those too!
    Hugs Martina

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    1. Thank you Martina! I am sure you will enjoy stitching them when you have the time! x

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