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The magazine should be on the news stands on May 8th. If you want a chance to win a free copy of the Volume 5 issue, leave a comment on this blog by Noon on Friday, May 4th, telling what is your favorite Spring blossom. I will randomly select one person to receive the free copy. If your email address is hidden in your posted name, be sure to include it in your post so I will have a way to notify you. I will forward your mailing information to Quiltmaker magazine and your free issue will be sent from there.
***MORE FREE STUFF***In addition to the winner of the free Volume 5 issue, two other names will be randomly selected to receive one of two of my patterns. One of the patterns is "Stars Over the Valley" and is for an 85" x 85" quilt.
Now, I'm going to show you how I made my block.
For this block, I used Lite Steam-A-Seam2 for the fusible applique pieces. This is just my preference.
If you have a light box or other light source handy for tracing, trace the applique pieces onto the side of the fusible web that does NOT remove easiest. (There are usually instructions on the package.) Be sure to reverse your applique template. This is because the fusible will be placed on the wrong side of your fabric & will be the mirror image of the finished piece.
I did not have a good light source available, so I first traced the applique pieces right side up on the side of the fusible web that DOES remove easiest.
Open the square & you should see the center lines.
Cut out each applique piece on the drawn lines.
Mark the center of your design.
One piece placed.
The flower is placed.
I used several different colors & types of threads to do the outline stitching on each applique piece. I just went through what I had & what I thought would look good with each fabric. I used a blanket stitch & sewed around the outer edge of each piece.
Stitching all done.
Hand turning the wheel, put the needle through the hole in the bead. Bring the needle to the up position.
Continue sewing beads on until you get the desired effect.