First off, I want to thank everyone for the wonderful response to Applique Block 1. I pretty much love those little cardinals and I am glad you guys do too. There will be more of those in the coming months, along with an assortment of flowers etc etc etc.
Since these blocks are a bit more intricate than the Mimi’s blocks from last year, and since they are only 9” I thought it was time to start embroidering the stems so I could have room for all the other pretty stuff. Here’s how I did it:
You can see from the pattern that the center is marked with diagonal lines. Fold your fabric square in half twice diagonally and place over the patterns, aligning the folds with the lines.
Since I haven’t mastered the art of sewing and taking pictures at the same time I am just going to have to describe what I did. I used a chain stitch with 2 strands of embroidery floss. Here it is all done.
Here is a link to her page on the chain stitch
Tomorrow I will have a tutorial on how I pre-assembled those little birds. They are not as hard as they look.
PRIZE ALERT: The prize for Applique Block 1 is your very own cute little embroidery hoop! Just post a picture of you block in the Jingle Belle's FLICKR group and I will pick a winner when the next applique block goes up!