Original Blocks in SVBAQ by Esther
|Esther's block - Showing the Echo Quilting|
Another photo of the original quilt showing the echo pattern in Esther's hand quilting. Same block - different lighting darkens the appearance of the fabric colors.
There is a light age spot on the tip of one leaf on the right - not a stitching feature.
Reproduction Block - Dawn's 9" Block
|Dawn's Blue Flag Block|
I am making my quilt in 9" blocks. I chose 19th century reproduction fabrics. My quilt will be all hand sewn.
I used a dark purple print instead of a glazed cotton. The lower purple leaves are a brown purple to reproduce the look of an unstable purple dye. I used three green prints - one in the leaves and base, two prints on the stems.
I chose to ink the names on each block before stitching. I used a font the looked rather Spencerian and printed each flower/block name for tracing. Tips on inking are HERE.
Spencerian writing was popular in the 19th century. It is a graceful script I can't freehand.
Block Strategies & Assembly
|Back Basting Stem Detail With Sewing Needle Tip|
I first baste the first layers - the pieces behind others: leaves, petals and short stems and applique those down. Next, I baste the second layer of appliqué - the pieces on top of the first layer - long stems, more petals and leaves. After the second layer is appliquéd down I baste the third layer - stems, calyx etc.
In this example I used a bias cut stripe.
One side of the stem is finished, the second side is basted, ready for needle turn appliqué.
I also stitched mine just like Esther - one stem on top of the yellow center, and one under.
|Back of Block With Calyx Pieces Up Next|
In this photo you can see how close I am to the original drawn pattern lines. With back basting I can needle turn as accurately as the traced pattern line - even on very, very narrow stems.
All person choice! No one way is the right way. If you are looking for options, be sure to visit the Applique Tutorials Tab HERE.
The last step to finish was basting the calyx pieces after the buds and stems.
I hope you enjoy the Blue Flag block as much as I did.
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Dawn & Doreen