This block is part of the Birdie Stitches Block of the Month by Little Miss Shabby available free online here. When I saw it, I knew it was the perfect project for me. Instead of using several colors of embroidery thread, I chose to use just No. 8 perle cotton in red. I have done redwork on a single layer of fabric, and the knots show through from the back. I've tried backing the fabric with very lightweight iron-on interfacing, but the interfacing wrinkled. This time I used a double layer of the Kona cotton. I ironed the layers together and used an embroidery hoop. I didn't baste the two layers together, but it has not been a problem. I've been very pleased with the results.
I finally finished all the blocks of this quilt! I kept up with each month except for this one. I left the June block to last because its design was very different than the other months' designs. I found this June Birdie Stitches block designed by Vikki Bowles and really loved it. (Hers had a sun, and I substituted a moon and the stars.) I had a bonus Snow Day off from school, so I traced the design and got it stitched!
|The view outside my sewing room window|
Now I need to decide on how to put the blocks together and what fabric to use for the sashing and border. These are whimsical designs, so I don't know whether I need to choose a whimsical fabric like this:
or a fun polka dot:
or maybe use a color other than red
You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post Hole in the Barn Door Quilt Block and What's on Your Nightstand?