The 32th block of The Splendid Sampler™ is called “The Constant Needle”, by Laurie Simpson, of Minick&Simpson. I really like the name of the block and the idea behind the little story on it: although sewing is pretty new to me (I learnt to sew as a grown-up and got into patchwork about 4 years ago), I can’t think of myself without a needle right now.
The block itself is, again, purely appliqué. I tried the Pellon-on-the-back method by Lori Holt (tutorial here), but I don’t know whether it was the interfacing I used that was to loose, that the pieces are to small for this technique, or that simply, I made something wrong, but it didn’t convince me at all, so I started over going with the fusible appliqué method.
And I had to wait until I got the chance to visit my local quilt shop, because I had run out of fusible interfacing. The pieces are reinforced with a backstitch using Lecien’s Cosmos variegated floss n. 5040 and n. 8055.
I considered making a pieced background, following Christine B.’s idea, but in the end I stuck with a unique background piece. I hope I won’t run out of large enough background pieces in the last blocks.
The pattern and link party for this particular block can be found here.