Hmm . . . so far no one has sent me a picture of a finished Block 2, although Kay has sent me three pictures of her Block 2 NOT finished! Are you guys slowing down?
I hope not . . . because here’s Block 3. I had written permission from several of you to be late with it, so I don’t feel one bit guilty. I’ve been having some rough times the last few weeks.
For my plain version this time, I still used just one color of thread, three strands of floss (you’ll need at least 2 skeins), and used only two stitches: Outline Stitch and French Knots (see links below for help with these stitches). But . . . I did it on a colored background. Just to change things up a bit, and show you that embroidery doesn’t always have to be done on white or off-white.
For the fancy version, again I used 8 thread colors, matched to the fabrics I’m making my quilt out of. You’ll need at least 1 skein of each color and possibly more of the greens for this block (those leaves and vines are using a lot of green, aren’t they?). I used three strands for this block as well.
Stitches that I used in the fancy block are as follows:
If you click on the name of each stitch, it links to a post or video on how to do that particular stitch, just in case you need to refer to them.
And always remember, you do not have to use the same stitches and fills that I did. Shop around on those stitch sites, pick something new and unusual to try, but no matter what, do what you feel comfortable with.
On the printed pattern, you will see black lines and red lines, just like every time. If you’re doing the plain version, you’ll only need the black lines.
If you’re doing the fancy version, you may also need some of the red lines. It’s possible that you won’t need to actually trace the red lines, but just refer to them for placement as you’re doing your fills. It’s up to you and how comfortable you feel sewing without the lines.
Here’s the download: Hazel’s Summer Wildflowers, Block 3
For more information, you can refer back to the post for Block 1 for links to how to trace off your block pattern onto the fabric or for the embroidery lesson sites.
And I’ll be back later with the bonus project for Block 3. I think you’ll like this one. It might be my favorite so far.