Country Cottages Block 1

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Patricia Faye Posted: Fri, Mar 1 2013 8:07 AM

Welcome to Country Cottages Block 1.  I'm a beginner & have taken 1 class at my LQS to learn the basics.  I've also used many of the references/tutorials Gini has provided us along with her wonderful advise/suggestions.  I hope everyone enjoys these blocks s much as I do.

 

The Cottages for these blocks have a lot of straight lines that make them fairly simple, but the rest of the block may offer a few challenges for a beginner, but don't despair.  Consider each an opportunity to increase your skills.  

 

So for Block 1 I experienced 3 challenges: (1) all the curves  (V's) of the roof trim,  (2) the tiny little carrot nose of the snowman, and (3) the detail on the house. (1) I referred to several tutorials on how to do the V's and ended up ripping it out several times before I was happy with it.  We'll get lots of practice with these since they are on each of the cottages!  (2) The carrot nose was difficult because it is so tiny!  I think it took me 2 tries to get it right. I don't like tiny pieces.   I know I need stronger lenses for my glasses when I can hardly see where to place my stitches!  (3) I haven't done embroidery in years and had some difficulty transferring the pattern to the fabric, but I managed.  Gini offered a suggestion to use Saral transfer paper so I've ordered some to try.  

I used a white on white fabric for my snowman instead of felt or wool & I'm happy with the way it turned out.  Here's my block:

We look forward to seeing everyone's block and hearing about any challenges you may have experienced too!

Have a great day!

 

 

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PatriciaFaye, love your block.  I am doing fusible on these, i have everything on my background just not sewed down yet

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Thea replied on Fri, Mar 1 2013 8:23 AM

Patricia Faye - thank you for all the tips - your block is gorgeous - love the little door handle - so cute... great job!

 

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Thank you for the compliments Leslie & Thea.  I'm trying somewhat to match the colors they use, although I'm using fabric from my stash.  Looking forward to seeing everyone's blocks.

 

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Barbara replied on Fri, Mar 1 2013 9:30 AM

Patricia your block is beauitful ,I hope to get to work on mine sometimes this month , thanks for all the tips .Barbara

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Very nice job! These are fairly simple because of all the straight lines, but they are also very cute. I'm waiting for my shipment of silk thread so I can start mine. Should be here today. I've never used silk thread before so I'm excited to try some new technics. Thanks everyone for your suggestions.

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Lillie replied on Fri, Mar 1 2013 10:37 AM

Patricia Faye,

I think your block turned out beautifully.

I think I will use carrot buttons for my noses as I plan to do more embellishments on my blocks. Nope, I have not even started gather fabric.

Also, if your background fabric shows through your snowmen, you can always make a double layer of muslin and your fabric. If using felt or wool, you won't have that bleed through effect.

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Lynn replied on Fri, Mar 1 2013 12:46 PM

Your block look wonderful,  I have just finished my first block.  I think that this quilt is going to be really cute.  Lynn

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Janet, I used silk thread & love it, but don't cut it too long or it will give you fits!  Believe me, I know...

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Thea replied on Fri, Mar 1 2013 1:03 PM

There is a little blue box - called heavenly thread or something like that - you can find it in the LQSs and if that isn't the name someone will know what I am talking about - we used to use bees wax but this stuff is better.  Anyway, take your thread and pull it through it and your thread will work much better - no tangling - oh gosh I wish I could remember the name I would get it out and look at mine but I already packed it in the car - if no one else tells you the name Thread Heaven - that is the name...it costs between 2 and 3 dollars and you only have to buy it once - it lasts and lasts and lasts - kind of like the ever ready bunny... 

I also use silk thread for hand applique' - I use YLI or Madeira.

 

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Patricia Faye, Nice job on your block! I am inspired!

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Thea:

There is a little blue box - called heavenly thread 

 

I have some of that...now I just have to find it!  I

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Thea:

There is a little blue box - called heavenly thread 

 

I have some of that...now I just have to find it!

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Kris replied on Fri, Mar 1 2013 8:42 PM

Pretty block Patricia. I really like the button embellishments.

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Kris replied on Fri, Mar 1 2013 8:45 PM

Thea:
There is a little blue box - called heavenly thread or something like that - you can find it in the LQSs and if that isn't the name someone will know what I am talking about - we used to use bees wax but this stuff is better.

Thea,

Thread Heaven. I have some in my sewing kit I use it for hand sewing but it doesn't seem to make a lot of difference for me as far as tangling goes. I still get lots of knot as the thread twists. It does make the thread feel really smooth though. I use cotton thread for my appliqué.

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