This week’s block is by Lori Kennedy and features my favourite technique – applique (ok so one of my favourites)
Of course I used my applique paper method and left out the piecing part.
they're starting to make a nice little display now..I shall have to take a pic of the bunch soon to see them altogether.
how are yours looking together – starting to look like a quilt?
til next week – actually I might miss next week as I’ll be enjoying some sunshine in Bali – just a wee break….
until next time
This weeks block is pieced – and is designed so you don’t have to have perfect points – hence the name ‘point taken’ and is designed by Susan Ache. Susan is Yard Girl 60 on instagram and specializes in machine pieced quilts and blocks.
You can download and print the free pattern here.
happy piecing – a little break from handwork this week!
hugs from Helen
Im on a roll here so while I running hot here is block 4!
this weeks block is from Wenche Wolff Hatling http://www.northernquilts.no/ and this is my little version.
yes my little elephant is backwards because I lazily traced the shapes onto applique paper without reversing – I should/could have just traced on the shiny side but obviously didn’t – and what does it matter? I at first thought I’d misaligned and decided my not so little elephant is doing star-jumps and will land very soon!
If you want to see my method of needleturn applique I have tutorials available here.
I have been so excited to see so many versions of my blocks popping up over the last week – and although some have struggled with new methods its great to see so many learning and achieving something new….
There have been many photos in the FB group and many on instagram.. Don’t forget to share your block and tag me helen_stubbings (AND follow me) on IG to be in with a chance of winning your own EPP Iron on clamshells.
There are still four more monthly prizes up for grabs.
How exciting is it that I was invited to be a designer in the second series of the Splendid Sampler?
And I even made the cover! so yes, you get my block for free to get one step ahead before the book ships!
The lovely team of Pat and Jane sent me a bunch of fabrics from Moda
and Erin at Aurifil some threads to play with.
embroidery….. (note: I used Presencia Finca Perle#16 threads for the embroidery)
Of course many people may not have tried these methods before (and I always like to teach something new to even one stitcher out there) so I won’t leave you in the cold…
You can join in my FREE series of embroidery lessons and learn every hint and tip I can give you (just click on the pic below)
and if you need help with clamshells? well I have a unique product for English paper piecing – they are EPP Iron-ons – yes, iron on leave in epp templates… They are cut from my Applique paper which is a semi water soluble paper with a fusible on one side. So you just iron them on, and leave them in! You can see the step by step tutorial for clamshells by clicking on the pic below.
If you’d love to have the EPP Iron-ons to make your block you can get them here. (and why would you do it any other way!)
And for even more information and free help on my paper and method subscribe to my Youtube channel where there is a ton of information and technique how to’s for you.
I’ll choose two new followers over the next two days (for those quick off the batt) – and one tagged pic (per week on Fridays) over the next month to send a free pack of EPP Iron on Clamshell papers to..
I do so hope you love my block, learn a new tip or technique and keep on stitching along with the Splendid sampler team….
what to do now?
Sign up for free embroidery lessons
Order your clamshell EPP Iron-on papers
Gather your fabric and threads
Follow me on Instagram
Post your block to win! (and you have to tag me! @helen_stubbings)
hugs from Helen
Now- don’t get too excited- I'm starting off well but I'm liable not to last too well… I won’t be blogging for every block but the first few I thought I’d tell you how I made my versions and add a bit of help here for you if you are struggling or new to some of these techniques…
I traced the wedge templates onto the dull side of my applique paper and pieced them together using my English Paper piecing method – ie whip stitch.
I machine pieced the background block using Kari Carr’s Clearly Perfect Angles tool to assist – and then machine appliqued the circle to the background.
You can find my range of fabrics here
and lots of Videos to help you with EPP, hand and machine applique by clicking on the images below….
Im up next week! so watch this space (blog) and Instagram for some chances to win!!!
hugs for today