Monday, September 8, 2014

Slow Stitching ~ POTC Blocks



Patchwork of the Crosses Block #2
(in progress)

I am planning to make a table runner with this ...




 ... pretty floral border print and set these blocks on point.



Over the weekend I did some


Slow Sunday Stitching


Slow Stitching



backstitch basting


I have decided to use a single strand of this lovely

Aurifil 12/2 embroidery weight cotton thread

and a large eye embroidery needle.

This is working very well for me with my vision issues and achy fingers.

 I purchased this spool recently at a quilt show from


and I will definitely purchase more of this thread.

It is silky smooth and does not twist or tangle.

I plan to hand quilt this quilt and this is my thread of chose.



This was my first block layout.

I played with the pieces a little ...



and decided this will be my 1st POTC Block

I like the floral wreath in the center.


Ladder stitching the honeycombs together.

I sewed the center of my 1st block together on Sunday and will be
hand stitching slowly when I take breaks from my machine sewing.

[ Edit: 9/9 ... I am learning as I go ...
Last night I switched back to a double strand of my 40/2 ply Aurifil quilting thread for sewing the honeycombs together so that my stitches will be finer and less visible.  I am still using the single strand of embroidery weight for basting.

A note about needles ... I use

John James embroidery needles

I have been using John James Needles
for many years and buy them at a nearby shop.
These needles are the best in my opinion as the eyes are easy for me to thread. The eyes are also "de-burred" and I find I am less likely to fray or break threads.]



I am planning to make a table runner with this and set these blocks on point
and frame it with the border print.

I am really addicted to these blocks and as a birthday gift
I have ordered some fabric for a large quilt
and they are on the way to my mailbox.
Photos of these fabrics as soon as they arrive!

Have a happy quilty week!

:)



13 comments:

  1. What a pretty block! Love how the flowers form that circle in the center.

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  2. Wow! You sure know how to fuzzy cut them. That wreath in the center is so lovely. Great work.

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  3. I just stumbled across your blog today and signed up. This is beautiful. I love making hexies but haven't tried the other shapes. I also love Aurifil 50 weight for machine piecing but never tried their heavier weights. I recently discovered Valdani and Cosmo and enjoy using them for embroidery. I'll have to look for the heavier Aurifil thread.

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  4. That block is gorgeous. I love what you did with the border print. Those colors are so pretty.

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  5. Wow Pat! Love your POTC block!!! You did a great job putting that wreath in the center and the stripe around the outside :) My favorite part of doing these blocks is the fussy cutting to get all the fun effects!!!

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  6. What a beautiful block! I love the flower wreath you ended up with in the center.

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  7. Loved all your quilts the gingham baby quilt is very cute....and so is you granddaughter really liked the leaf mug rug...

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  8. Beautiful blocks. I ordered my paper pieces and acrylic templates last week when Paper Pieces had a site wide sale. I haven't even opened my box of goodies yet. I have been in love with POTC for quite a while and had a book for about a year. I'm slow in getting started. I bought a piece of stripe at the LQS last week. They don't have much striped fabric at all. I only found one striped piece and it wasn't exactly what I wanted. Jan told me she started with solids. Yours are amazing. Of course, I didn't expect anything less. Job well done. I'm hoping with all the paper pieces that I bought that I'll be able to see to piece them.

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  9. I love this block and want to give it a try.

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  10. love these blocks, have got the plastic template and have started cutting out the fabrics. I found the Lucy Boston book in the library and thought I would like this but when I went on amazon it was over £500! needless to say did not buy it

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  11. How lovely. Can't wait to see the tablerunner completed.

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