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Birdie Stitches Block #8

Birdie Stitches Block #8

So I am excited to be sharing Block #8 with you however, not so excited about the fact that this means that it is August….blah…school will be starting and my little Chloe will be going every day.  Last year Chloe went to school every other day and then every other Friday–so, at most, she went 3 days a week—surely this year it would only stand to reason that at most she attend school 4 days a week, right?!? =p

Anyhoo, I know that you all aren’t hear to listen to “my little girl is growing up” woes so on to  Block #8!  Summer always reminds me of sunflowers so here ya go:

Birdie Stitches Block #8

Block Construction(All blocks will be constructed in the same manner):

Center square: 8.5″ square

 Border Squares: (20) 2.5″ squares

I like to assemble the block before doing the embroidery work–it’s just a little bit easier to hoop it up.  Sew together 2 sets of (4) 2.5″ squares–these strips will measure 8.5″long–sew one set to the top and bottom of the 8.5″ center square.  Sew the remaining 2.5″ squares into two sets of  6.  These will measure 12.5″ long–sew one strip on each side of the block.  And Voila! a 12.5″ square block all ready for embroidery.  You will find the embroidery pattern below in pdf format

Birdie Stitches Block #8

(Note:  If you ever have trouble with the size your pattern is printing out at, be sure that your page scaling is set to “none’ prior to printing)

A couple embroidery notes:  I used 6 strands of thread for all of the embroidery.  This pattern incorporates a simple back stitch and french knots.  Please note, as I used 6 strands of floss I only wrap the needle once for my french knots.  I used a water erasable marker to transfer the embroidery pattern onto my fabric–this was done after the block was assembled.

And here we have our completed blocks so far:

Completed Blocks

We have some stellar blocks over in the flickr group.  Be sure to add yours–I really enjoy seeing them!

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Birdie Stitches Block #7

And the birdies are bringing in the 4th in style.=)  I hope you all have a lovely weekend as well—maybe a little stitching thrown in with the parties?

Birdie Stitches Block #7

Block Construction(All blocks will be constructed in the same manner):

Center square: 8.5″ square

 Border Squares: (20) 2.5″ squares

I like to assemble the block before doing the embroidery work–it’s just a little bit easier to hoop it up.  Sew together 2 sets of (4) 2.5″ squares–these strips will measure 8.5″long–sew one set to the top and bottom of the 8.5″ center square.  Sew the remaining 2.5″ squares into two sets of  6.  These will measure 12.5″ long–sew one strip on each side of the block.  And Voila! a 12.5″ square block all ready for embroidery.  You will find the embroidery pattern below in pdf format

Birdie Stitches Block #7

(Note:  If you ever have trouble with the size your pattern is printing out at, be sure that your page scaling is set to “none’ prior to printing)

A couple embroidery notes:  I used 3 strands of floss for the stars on the Birdies belly.  I used 6 strands of floss for everything else.  This pattern incorporates a simple back stitch and french knots.  Please note, as I used 6 strands of floss I only wrap the needle once for my french knots.  I used a water erasable marker to transfer the embroidery pattern onto my fabric–this was done after the block was assembled.

We have some stellar blocks over in the flickr group.  Be sure to add yours! =)

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Birdie Stitches Block #6

Birdie Stitches Block #6

I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend filled with lots of friends, food, & fun.  We had a nice relaxing weekend–Game night Friday night, Chloe had a game Saturday, & a cookout on Monday.  It’s been nice having Chloe home all the time…so far, a little bit more refereeing than usual when it’s just me and Elonie at home. =)  That’s to be expected I suppose. 

Are you all ready for Block #6?..I love this little typography block…it was one of the first ideas that I had when I was planning this BOM and I think it is just the cutest little thing. =)

Birdie Stitches Block #6

Block Construction(All blocks will be constructed in the same manner):

Center square: 8.5″ square

 Border Squares: (20) 2.5″ squares

I like to assemble the block before doing the embroidery work–it’s just a little bit easier to hoop it up.  Sew together 2 sets of (4) 2.5″ squares–these strips will measure 8.5″long–sew one set to the top and bottom of the 8.5″ center square.  Sew the remaining 2.5″ squares into two sets of  6.  These will measure 12.5″ long–sew one strip on each side of the block.  And Voila! a 12.5″ square block all ready for embroidery.  You will find the embroidery pattern below in pdf format.

Birdie Stitches Block #6 Pattern

A couple embroidery notes:  I alternated 6 strands of floss & 3 strands of floss for the stitching on this block.  I used 3 strands for “Chirp”, “Tweet”, “Grace”, the vine & flowers across the bottom, & the grey flowers.  I used 6 strands of floss for everything else.  This pattern incorporates a simple back stitch and french knots.  Please note, as I used 6 strands of floss I only wrap the needle once for my french knots.  I used a water erasable marker to transfer the embroidery pattern onto my fabric–this was done after the block was assembled.

  I’d love to see your blocks in the flickr group if you’d like to share. =)

Happy Stitching!

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Birdie Stitches Block #5

Birdie Stitches Block #5
And we are on to the May block–yay!  My birthday month…and so far my fave block, however, wait until next month….I think it is pretty stellar. =p  You’ll have to ignore my shoddy ironing job–I hadn’t taken off the blue marking pen & I didn’t want to have a permanently blue birdie–so, he only got a light press.  No worries, though–it’s still a cute block…wrinkles and all!
Birdie Stitches Block #5 12.5" x 12.5"

Block Construction(All blocks will be constructed in the same manner):

Center square: 8.5″ square

 Border Squares: (20) 2.5″ squares

I like to assemble the block before doing the embroidery work–it’s just a little bit easier to hoop it up.  Sew together 2 sets of (4) 2.5″ squares–these strips will measure 8.5″long–sew one set to the top and bottom of the 8.5″ center square.  Sew the remaining 2.5″ squares into two sets of  6.  These will measure 12.5″ long–sew one strip on each side of the block.  And Voila! a 12.5″ square block all ready for embroidery.  You will find the embroidery pattern below in pdf format.

 Birdie Stitches Block #5

You’ll notice that I opted to leave the little flowers off the breast of the birdie.  I think they are super cute but I just decided to omit them–it’s your call how you do your little birdie!

A couple embroidery notes:  I used 6 strands of floss for all of the stitching on this block.  This pattern incorporates a simple back stitch and french knots.  Please note, as I used 6 strands of floss I only wrap the needle once for my french knots.  I used a water erasable marker to transfer the embroidery pattern onto my fabric–this was done after the block was assembled.

  I’d love to see your blocks in the flickr group if you’d like to share. =)

Happy Stitching!

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Birdie Stitches Block #4

Birdie Stitches Block #4

Well folks Spring is just around the corner and hopefully this little block will bring a little bit of Spring your way! =)  I had an idea to put up a gnarly, old block as an April Fool’s day joke but, I wasn’t sure how big that would go over–so you’re getting the real thing. =)  I remember in 4th grade my cousin and I played a fantastic(or so we thought) April Fool’s day joke on a boy in our class–it had to do with him receiving a letter informing him that he was going to have to be transferred to another school district.  We really had him going (we got our teacher to sign our letter–however, we couldn’t convince our principal) until he got to the part about the uniforms (for some reason he just didn’t believe the uniform he was going to have to wear, huh…who knew?!?). =p

Anyhoo, on to Block #4

Birdie Stitches Block #4

Block Construction(All blocks will be constructed in the same manner):

Center square: 8.5″ square

 Border Squares: (20) 2.5″ squares

I like to assemble the block before doing the embroidery work–it’s just a little bit easier to hoop it up.  Sew together 2 sets of (4) 2.5″ squares–these strips will measure 8.5″long–sew one set to the top and bottom of the 8.5″ center square.  Sew the remaining 2.5″ squares into two sets of  6.  These will measure 12.5″ long–sew one strip on each side of the block.  And Voila! a 12.5″ square block all ready for embroidery.  You will find the embroidery pattern below in pdf format.

Birdie Stitches Block #4

A couple embroidery notes:  I used 3 strands of floss for all of the “egg” embroidery.  This pattern incorporates a simple back stitch and french knots.  Please note, as I used 6 strands of floss I only wrap the needle once for my french knots–I also only wrapped the needle once when making french knots on the eggs.  I used a water erasable marker to transfer the embroidery pattern onto my fabric–this was done after the block was assembled.

Enjoy!  As always be sure to add your finished blocks to the flickr group! =)

A little bit of extra news for today. =)  My Liberated Wedding Ring Quilt is being featured today on Quilt Story. =)

Fresh Poppy Design

It’s such a neat site be sure to pop on over and take a peek!  Thanks so much Heather and Megan for featuring me again!! =)