Late in 2012 I designed and stitched an embroidered version of my very first quilt design...
It was large, 10" x 15", and so pretty in the softest pastels...
But you know, nearly two years have passed since then and my style and colours have changed a bit. I'm a little brighter and happier with fabric choices these days...
So you know what I've done?
I've given those twelve small designs that were inside the larger Shabby Roses Stitchery a new lease on life; a fresh Moment to Shine!
Over 12 Fridays I am going to be embroidering and piecing my little stitcheries into the centres of bright and cheery 7" Churn Dash blocks!
Would you like to join in?
The finished blocks will be sashed and made up into a 27" x 35" quilt.
The fabrics I've chosen are...
Each Friday for twelve weeks I will put one new stitchery in my shop as a $2 purchase so you can stitch right along with me and make all twelve, or you can pick and choose just a few. It's up to you. :-)
OR you can purchase the original full stitchery pattern (top of this post) which already has the twelve small blocks we'll be using along the way!
Both are HERE in my shop today as instant pdf downloads.
As this is the first Friday I'll take you through the process of framing Block 1, "Peace", inside a 7" churn dash. This block tutorial will be the base for all 12 blocks so you can run ahead if you have the larger pattern, or wander along with me over 12 weeks if you want to take your time and gather the individual designs one by one.
In fact, I might veer off and make some different blocks (with tutorials) but for now the plan is to use all Churn Dash.
On October 17th I'll share the assembly instructions for the whole quilt.
Note: The small weekly individual patterns have a list of threads used and all the fabric requirements inside.
So enough of my chit chat, let's make the block!
You will need...
Trim the Peace block to 3 1/2 inches square.
Draw a diagonal line behind the two floral 2 7/8 inch squares; lay them face down on the coral squares of the same size; sew a 1/4 inch seam down both sides of the line; cut along the line; open out the sections and press your four half-square triangle blocks open...
Sew a 1 3/4 inch strip of the floral fabric to a 1 1/4 inch strip of the coral fabric.
Make three more of these.
Press the seams open...
Sew two of these pieces down the sides of the Peace block, the coral edge next to the stitchery...
Assemble the remaining six pieces into two rows of three, one above and one below the stitchery section.
Sew them together...
Final step - sew the three rows together!
So what do you think? Will you join in?
Leave a comment if you are because it's so nice to stitch in a group of friends, and if you have a blog we can all come visit you!
I'm drawing THIS giveaway later today and will announce the winner tomorrow.
Hurry over and enter while you still have time...you might win!