Birdie Stitches Block #9
Well, last month at this time I was talking about not wanting to send little miss Chloe off to 1st grade. We are now on day #8 of first grade which started out “slick” as Chloe called it, we got a little bit of drama on day #4, which carried over with a few tears on day #5 (nothing too major & all was well once Chloe actually got to school). On day #5 Chloe also announced that 1st grade was way too much school(she went every other day in Kindy) & wondered how many more days until the end of school–she was not thrilled with my response of “200ish?”. Days #6 & #7 have been fabulous as she has been chatting it up with her best friend about a little sleepover she is having on Friday. Whew!…a lot has gone down in the first week of school–it’ll be interesting to see what the rest of the year brings!
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.
(Note: If you ever have trouble with the size your pattern is printing out at, be sure that your page scaling is set to “none’ prior to printing)
A couple embroidery notes: I used 6 strands of thread for all of the 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.
We have some stellar blocks over in the flickr group. Be sure to add yours–I really enjoy seeing them!