Happy New Year!
I am so excited to be sharing the very first block of my Birdie Stitches Block of the Month quilt. =) I can’t wait to see all of the fun blocks that will be showing up over in theflickr group.
Block Construction(All blocks will be constructed in the same manner):
Center square: 8.5″ square
Border Squares: (20) 2.5″ squares
I like to assemble the block before doing the embroidery work–it’s just a little bit easier to hoop it up. Sew together 2 sets of (4) 2.5″ squares–these strips will measure 8.5″long–sew one set to the top and bottom of the 8.5″ center square. Sew the remaining 2.5″ squares into two sets of 6. These will measure 12.5″ long–sew one strip on each side of the block. And Voila! a 12.5″ square block all ready for embroidery. You will find the embroidery pattern below in pdf format.
A couple embroidery notes: Unless noted I used all 6 strands of floss for my embroidery. This pattern incorporates a simple back stitch and french knots. Please note, as I used 6 strands of floss I only wrap the needle once for my french knots. I used a water erasable marker to transfer the embroidery pattern onto my fabric–this was done after the block was assembled.
I hope you all have fun with this block! I had so much fun designing it as well as the blocks to come. I’d love to see your blocks in the flickr group if you’d like to share. =)