Little Treasures – April

2014-LT04My apologies for this block being as late as it is this month. So many things going on in my real life, plus a hard drive crash that held all my files on it which I’m still trying to recover. I’m thinking I’m doomed at this point and will have to just try and replace everything, and I know better, I am usually good at backing up, but I hadn’t backed up 2013 yet, so I lost anything I collected or did in 2013 and early 2014.

I’d like to thank those of you who left comments last month, it really meant something to me to hear from you.

This is a 15-Inch block.

This download is only available until May 5, 2014 only. Download will expire After that it will be available on Craftsy.

The artwork for the Little Treasures BOM is from Graphics and Graphics

All of my patterns are created in Electric Quilt Software

and digitized in Bernina Embroidery Plus Software

This block isn’t to different from the other blocks we have done.  However, the differences are noted below.

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All the dimensional shapes are on design 1 this time.

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I reshaped my hair by editing manually this time before cutting on the freezer paper. I seem to have a problem with getting applique to turn in those sharp corners, so I gave myself a bit more room to work, and then simply cut my face a bit wider in those sections I edited. Since I wouldn’t have turned those edges under anyway, it gave me the assurance that what I edited would be covered when stitched to the background.

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The hair shape is to large to fit in a hoop, so it had to be split something like what I did with the Bonus Block.

However, the two parts are on separate designs, because it is so large it needs two hoops.

You will cut your shape like you normally would, then just remove the first half once it’s stitched as do like you would with the 2nd design.

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The side already stitched out will just hang over the side this time while the other side stitches out.

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It stitches out like a dream this way.

I may give this some consideration for .art files. The .art format has a very small hoop for what they consider 6×10 and I’m still trying to figure out how to properly add good .art formats.

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Because I edited the hair, my sharp turn turned out better this time because I had the room to get that fabric turned under.

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This just shows preparation techniques. I usually get everything ready to stitch and place it in a freezer bag so it’s all together once I’m ready to do either the machine embroidery or the applique to the background. This past month I’ve done a ton of sewing, so I used quite a few freezer bags, that’s why I took a little picture of this, it really had nothing to do with creating the block.

The Bows for April’s hair.

I did these differently from what I’ve normally done. I wanted to use different types of fabric in this block, so to make the Bonus Boy and April be more alike, I used denim in there clothing, and a poly cotton on the girls shirt and bow. Because of the fraying factor with this poly-cotton, it was impossible to turn the bows inside out without puncturing thru the fabric, I tried it three times, I finally gave up and just decided to do flat bows.

Then it occurred to me, to try a stuffed bow, so here is how to do that.

Stuffed Shapes In Applique

Other tutorials you may find helpful are here:

Applique Tips & TricksFreezer Paper Tip

Freezer Paper Tip

Applique Placement – My Way

Machine Embroidery – A Different Take

Basic Dimensional Effects In Machine Embroidery

Tips & Tricks For Machine Embroidery

Example Stitchout

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Coming in May

2014-05 Little Treasures

Hope you enjoy this months block!!

Marian

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8 Responses to Little Treasures – April

  1. AvatarJocelyne says:

    Thank you – love your designs

  2. AvatarDiane says:

    Thanks so much for the adorable Little Treasures. Haven’t had time to work on any embroidery lately, but want to start soon. I try to make my grandchildren/great grandchildren a quilt for their 2nd birthday and this will be adorable for my soon to be 2 ggd.

  3. AvatarJoyce Carter says:

    Thank you so much, Marian, for the sweet Little Treasure download. I really appreciate all the time and effort you have put into it. I am sorry about all the problems you have had. I don’t know the first thing about a computer so i can’t help any there.
    I do have a question for you. I am going to do all my blocks by needle turn hand applique. I like to have all my blocks cut out and pinned down so I can do a lot of the same colors at one time. I have been collecting the fabrics to make them and I think since I have 5 blocks now, that I have enough to get started. My question is: Did you allow a seam allowance to the pieces already, or do I need to do this when I cut out my pieces? I didn’t see anything about them when I read the directions. Thanks again and have a wonderful weekend.

    • AvatarMarian says:

      Hi Joyce,

      I do not add the seam allowance onto the patterns. I made that choice back in January, as I looked thru other patterns as to what other people did, and decided that because there are so many different methods of applique and everyone has their favorite method that I would not add it. However, that said, I am always happy to create the templates for you and send them to you with that seam allowance. It takes less than a minute to just create the templates with the seam allowance, so please do let me know if you’d like that done. I also answered this reply via email, but for others who may read it, I will do this for anyone and if their seems to be a demand to add the seam allowance, I will start adding it. 🙂

  4. This is such a sweet and adorable block. Very pretty, indeed!

  5. AvatarJoan says:

    What a shame that you lost so much on your computer. It’s a good lesson for all of us. I have not backed up my files in quite some time either now. Guess what I will be doing today!
    🙂 Your Little Treasures is just adorable. Thanks!

    • AvatarMarian says:

      I think what bugs me the most about the loss is that the drive is just over a year old, as this pc (desktop) was replaced in October 2012. I always add an additional drive to my desktops, because I have lost so many drives in prior years that I learned to backup, and for the most part I can replace alot of it, but like I said, everything from 2013 and early 2014 is gone, and I’m not having much luck recovering the files. I’m going to try a recovery by hooking the drive up to my laptop via an external method next week to see if I can get a better recovery. I think dedicating a laptop to it will allow for a better recovery as that’s the only thing the laptop will be doing.

      I have actually built a pc from tower to motherboard to all the way into windows, so I’m not afraid to get into a tower, but I do dislike it when things go bad. Either or, I won’t be making that mistake again. 🙂

  6. Ohh Thank you so much for more cute blocks! I am hoping to get started on this soon every time I check out the blocks my fingers get itchy to stitch!

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