Pansy Block continued
Yesterday I used a photo I had taken to create three pansies in different colors. Today I want to finish the block off with stitching to show you just what a difference it makes. If you missed yesterday's post, you can check it out here >>
I displayed my three pansies on a 10" background square and added some leaves. I really think this could make a great border around a quilt or enlarged to make a bed runner. Hmmmm that gives me an idea!
So now that I have cut out and pressed all the sections, it's time to start stitching. First I need to select a variety of threads that will work with my fabrics. I select threads that are close to the fabric colors.
My favorite stitching is free-motion. Mainly because it is so free with little restrictions. No corners to turn, you can stitch sideways, front and back, without even turning the block. It makes stitching fast and easy.
I stitched around all edges twice. I do this because it prevents fraying. The first stitching which is just in from the edge, holds the applique shape in place. The second stitching, holds the raw edge flat with the background. There is very little distance between the two.
After the edging is done, I can add the highlights. I added some black to the center of the yellow and purple pansy. I added yellow highlights around the bottom petal on red pansy (you can see this in the above photo) and added extra stitching to enhance the purple pansy. I also edged the purple pansy with the dark thread which really made the petals stand out better so I decided that the red pansy needed that too.
The outlining really made a difference!
Here's my finish block.
Now for the exciting news. I have made this pattern with all templates available on my website. It is available for just $4.95. Every week there will be another flower so you can collect them all, week by week if you like: Individual Pansy pattern