The 27th block of The Splendid Sampler™ is called “Sewing machine” and is the fourth block by Pat Sloan. And it’s also one of those blocks that one could have expected: the little tribute to our sewing companion. I’ve already done my homage to my own sewing machine in the Cotton&Color BOM this last month, so in this particular block I didn’t make any reference to my machine, which is characterised by the use of yellow, and just followed the pattern.
And by followed I meant followed in its stricted sense: the appliqué is made by using fusible web and then securing the fabrics with a button stitch all around. For this, I used just one strand of embroidery floss (DMC n. 310 and 844 and Anchor n. 234), and for the needle, two strands of DMC 310 and a stem-stitch.
Although this is how I was taught how to appliqué some years ago, it’s just not my cup of tea… But I also think that I should include this technique in the sampler, because it was what the pattern states, and just a reminder of my own beginnings (and how much I’ve learnt since then!).
The block’s info and link party are here.