More Ways Than One to Use An Applique Pattern
It suddenly occured to me that my applique flowers can be made in a number of other ways, not just applique so today I wanted to show you how I created a new block from one of my existing flower blocks - actually, I chose my very first flower block in my BOW series, the pansy.
What I decided to do was to embroider it instead of applique. Since I provide a layout template in all the block patterns this makes it really easy to transfer to embroidery. I start by using the template to draw the outline on my background fabric - I've used a white on white for that. The lightbox under the template sheet makes it easy to see or you can hold it up to a window if you prefer. Note: This particular template is reduced in this pattern so it will fit inside an 8" square - bonus!
Using the colored photo as a guide, I selected a bunch of machine embroidery threads. The colored photo makes it easy but you could easily use whatever colors you like or have on hand. The pansy block is colorful so I chose 6 colors for the flowers and 2 greens for the leaves and stems.
Now all I need to do is embroider around the outline I drew. I'm using my sewing machine but you can do this by hand too.
This was more fun that I imagined. Here's how the whole block looks.
I have a strong urge to do more. This was quick and fun to make so it won't take long to make enough for a whole quilt! Which flower would you like me to stitch next? ....you can find my list of flowers here: Flower Block Collection
Perhaps you'll join me in the next one.
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