What's Under the Needle

Posted by on 27 February 2018 | 1 Comments
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This is the first post in my new blog series called "What's Under the Needle". Basically, I am going to share with you what I have been working on during the week since my previous post. At times I will be giving away free patterns or tutorials, presenting new projects and offering challenges among other things. I hope it will be as much fun for you as it will be for me, with some learning experiences along the way! So let's get started with this week....

Over the last week, I have been creating a new block design using the templates from my Spring Life quilt so I can add it to the pattern which concludes all the Spring Life BOM blocks. I'm happy to say all 40 videos are completed for the workshop and all individual blocks have now been released! So I wanted to share with you some fresh ideas I had when making this block... you might like to try something new on your next applique block too.

black eyed susan block cross hatched

One of the fun things about this block is my templates can be easily used to create your own block design, the above is just one design idea. I created a wreath, but you could just as easily position the flowers and leaves in the center to make a bouquet.

While I was putting this together, I decided I should use an alternative style of quilting from that I had used on the original quilt. For this block, I used straight line quilting otherwise known as cross-hatching and it worked out very well. (Details and demos for this are included in the BOM Spring Life program.)

cross hatching

straight line quilting

Just for fun, I used a darker than normal thread (in this case, Black) to outline the flowers - rather striking I think and it plays nicely with the bright flower colors.

black eyed susan flower outlined

flower outlined in black

So you can see I had lots of fun with this block! Hopefully, it gives you some ideas to try too. In fact, it has given me an idea for the next post in my "What's Under the Needle" series.  I hope you'll join me next week for the mini tutorial that I'll be posting.

If you would like more info about this pattern, you can check it out on my website here: BOM Black-eyed Susan Block

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  • Good idea. Like the black outline.

    Posted by Barbara Frohne, 01/03/2018 8:47pm (4 years ago)

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