Happy Good Friday, everyone!
This block is my first dip into machine appliqué and embroidery! Simple design that was perfect to learn from. This sweater comes from Kin Ship Goods.
- Ash Kona Cotton Solids – 15″ square (my picture makes the fabric look a bit lighter than it actually is)
- Black Kona Cotton Solids – scraps, or about a fat 1/8th (with plenty left over)
- Heat & bond, the kind you can sew over
- 2692 (black) Aurifil thread, 40 wt
- 2600 (silver) Aurifil thread, 50 wt (because that’s what I had on hand – the thicker thread works better for this)
- 8″ embroidery hoop
- Embroidery foot for my sewing machine
- Spray starch
~ 2 hours
- Before I started, I starched the ash fabric to help it keep it’s shape.
- Then I cut a 15″ square of kraft paper and sketched the coffin pieces. Then I cut out the shapes to make a paper template, and used a chalk pencil to mark the ash fabric for placement.
- I ironed the Heat & Bond to the back of my black fabric, then traced the template pieces onto it and cut out the shapes.
- Then, position the black shapes onto the ash fabric, and iron them on following the Heat & Bond instructions.
- After it cooled, I used a wide and close zig-zag stitch (on my Kenmore machine, I used about a 2.5 width and a 0.5 length) and stitched around all the pieces, making sure the outer border of my stitches were in the ash, but my needle was touching the black.
- Next I sketched the “Cozy Time” words onto the block, using a chalk pencil.
- Using the embroidery hoop to prevent puckering and the same stitch settings for the appliqué, I machine-stitched the letters as shown.
- I swapped the black thread for the silver thread to stitch the cross.
- To finish, I sunk all the threads to the back. I doubt this is the proper technique, but whatever.