My 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.
All the dimensional shapes are on design 1 this time.
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.
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.
The side already stitched out will just hang over the side this time while the other side stitches out.
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.
Because I edited the hair, my sharp turn turned out better this time because I had the room to get that fabric turned under.
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.
Other tutorials you may find helpful are here:
Coming in May
Hope you enjoy this months block!!