Here it is! The final embroidery block! Woohoo!
I never dreamed I’d drag this out as long as I have, but 2013 was quite a year! The year of UN-organization around here. With moving twice back towards the beginning, I lost a lot of the pieces and parts of this project, so I’ve done a lot of digging and sorting to get back on track — very slowly . . .
And all my plans to get it wrapped up sooner just kept falling through. But here it is — the final embroidery block!
For my plain version this time, I again reduced the block size, this time by 25%, to make a 9″ finished embroidery block. You’ll see why when the bonus project comes out a bit later. I also used two colors of thread on this one, and only used 2 strands of floss. If you’re doing it full-sized, you will probably want to use three strands of floss. This time, I used four stitches: Outline Stitch, Back Stitch, Straight 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.
Here are 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 6
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.
Sometime next week, I’ll post the instructions for the pieced block that goes with these to make the quilt, so check back soon. And right after that, finishing instructions for your quilt — can you believe it? We’ll be done!
I’d love to feature any blocks you have finished, so don’t be shy — send me some pictures!
Oh, and there’s one more bonus project coming up soon, and lots more news about what’s next for the diary project . . . there WILL be a lot happening around here this year — you’ll want to stay tuned!