Now that I am (almost) finished stitching all 9 blocks, I am getting ready to stitch the blocks together. I am excited! I am adding a few touches of hand embroidery to the blocks, which I am rather enjoying.
I am making sure all of the blocks are washed before I trim them to the proper size. First, I fill the sink with very hot water and I add a squirt of liquid hand soap. Then I toss the block in. It’s not neatly as heart wrenching as you would imagine. Trust me:)
I usually let it soak for half an hour or so to get the starch and glue out of the block.
When its finished soaking, I rinse it under water to make sure all the soap is gone.
I gently squeeze the excess water out and lay it out on a thick towel to air dry. That’s all there is to it!
I have started working on the paper-pieced stars that make up the cornerstones in this setting. I had forgotten how much I love paper-piecing. It is so precise and you are practically guaranteed perfect results. What is not to love about that?
Paper-piecing is really not difficult as long as you do not have a cat on your lap.
Remember that you have until July 1 to sign up for Bed of Roses, a Block of the Month I recently completed. Here are some photos, just to tempt you! Details are on the website Simple Bird Studio.