This morning I had the pleasure of teaching Month 9 of Stitcher’s Garden. It was a very fun block incorporating a lot of different techniques.
We had 7 new students who joined the class today and were eager to start their quilt. I promised the class that I would post some pictures of my finished block so they could refer to it when they started to make their blocks. The following pictures are close-ups of the needle-felted flowers and some of the decorative applique stitches. Please remember to stitch out all of the decorative stitches you plan to use on your quilt block.
Adjust the length and width stitch settings so that your final stitches are the size you want to use. Note the different settings on your sample fabric piece for later reference.
The needle felted centers add an interesting texture to this month’s blocks. I chose to needle felt roving into the center of my flowers, instead of adding fringe with a fringe foot as was suggested in Block 9′s pattern, because the fringe eventually becomes loose and stringy. I think the needle felting is a much better option.
Another technique used in Month 9′s block was using a bias tape maker to make the stems for the flowers. This tool enables you to produce bias tape from any woven fabric, which opens up a lot of possibilities.
It’s fun to personalize your applique pieces by choosing a decorative stitch that complements the stitches you used in the background. Use a piece of tear-away stabilizer underneath the bowl when stitching the decorative stitch.