Row Four, Column One,
Sew Along Block 3
"This plant, a harbinger of Spring, grows wild in the Appalachian Mountains. The design "Laurel Leaves," especially with crossed stems, was a favorite of quilters in this part of the Valley during the mid-1800s." ...Neva Hart
|Inking and Hand Quilting Stitches on Esther's Block|
This is my 2 color version in fabric shades of Red & Taupe. I used light & medium value taupe prints for the leaves and a darker linen/taupe solid for the stem work. The buds were stitched in a small red print and the heart shaped blossoms from a "faded" red solid.
I am using a mix of hand applique' techniques in the quilt. Allowing each block to dictate my methods of prep work and sewing. Below is a mini outline of how I assembled this block.
Block Strategies and Assembly:
First I added the background leaves. Next the buds and blossoms. Then the crossing stem work and branches, the left and then the right. I treated the stem work as one piece, but you could add the smaller stems first and then the larger branch that connects them together. (click on picture to enlarge it)
To create the stem work, I traced the pattern onto freezer paper. Cut it out and ironed it onto the RIGHT side of my fabric. I used a white chalk pencil to trace around the edges of the paper, peeled off the freezer paper and then cut away the stemwork leaving an 1/8" seam allowance for needle turning under.
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Please stop back on the 15th as we begin Show & Tell.... our favorite time of the month where we feature blocks made by quilting and blogging friends participating in this sew along.
Doreen & Dawn