OK, so posting Block 4 did NOT get me back on track, but I really want to wrap this up by mid-December, so I’d best get on the stick, right? So finally, today, I’m back with Block 5. Only one more block to go, then I’ll post the piecing and assembly instructions. I know you’re all anxious to get finished!
For my plain version this time, I again reduced the block size by half, to make a 6″ finished embroidery block. You’ll see why when I post the bonus project a bit later. I still used just one color of thread, but since it was smaller, I only used 2 strands of floss (and I think 1 skein will be enough). If you’re doing it full-sized, you will probably want to use three strands of floss, and may need two skeins. This time, I used three stitches: Outline Stitch, Back Stitch, and French Knots (see links below for help with these stitches).
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. I used three strands for this block as well.
Once again, I’m showing some close-up photos of each section, so that hopefully, you can see the stitches a bit better. If you click on each photo, it will appear in a larger version (or at least it’s supposed to . . .).
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 the 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 5
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 5. Thanks to everyone for waiting so patiently for me — I’m ashamed of myself that I’ve drug it out this long. Enjoy! Oh, and as always, send me pictures . . .