Here is the latest block we're working on, Summer Cottage, this is an image of Debbie's finished block. Awesome isn't it? She does fantastic work...
What do you think of those side windows ? Don't they look like stained glass? The fabric was a special gift from Debbie. Love them.
In case you're interested in the process -- I've outlined some details:
*** NOTE: If you're new to Needle Turn Applique and want to learn more, you can reference "Teardrops of Love - a needle turn applique tutorial" on my blog header tabs. There is an in-depth 4 part tutorial documented there. ***
The grass has some areas that are needle turned and some that can be left raw because another applique piece will be placed on top of it.
To transition from one area to the next first snip the fabric at the transition mark, travel with a running stitch to the next transition, snip the fabric again, and continue with your needle turn.
Below is the completed view. The raw edge area will have a flower pot positioned on top of it.
Another important tool for applique piece placement is an overlay. There are several tools you can use including the Dritz overlay sheets or thin clear vinyl. I use the Dritz flimsy clear sheets (it comes on a roll), trace the edges of the critical pieces on the sheet with a dry erase marker, and then use the marked overlay to position each applique piece. When you're not using the overlay it has enough "cling" to hang on a clean painted wall.
Using the overlay for the grass placement.
Using the overlay for the house placement. It's hard to tell from this picture but the needle turn lines are drawn on the pink house and should line up exactly under the overlay lines of the same.
A view of placing the roof - I'm making progress.
Here are some of the other blocks I have going - Block1 - my poor little bird still needs to be stitched.
Oh - and the Herb Block -- it's a bit stalled but an easy one to work on in time: I love the background on this one too!!
That's all for tonight - If you have any questions on the Overlay or the stitching for layering of applique pieces please leave me a comment - I would be happy to try to answer them.
Have a good week all and stay tuned -- that 100 post giveaway is in the works - and some other exciting news to share with you!