Anyway, to get back to the matter in hand:
I cut 48 squares of Summersville, 24 each of 'Town' and 'Avenue'. At least, I thought I'd cut 48 (I needed 49 but decided not to cut the final square until the end in case I'd missed a building I wanted to include), but it turns out that I only cut 46; at the end of this series of posts I'll tell you how I solved the 'I thought I had enough fabric left for more square but I don't and it sold out years ago' dilemma. Oh, and the 'I did have enough fabric for more squares but it's plainly from a different bolt of fabric as the background colour is a different shade of cream' dilemma. It wouldn't do to show all my hand right at the start, now would it?!
I cut the embroidered blocks at 7" square and fused woven cotton interfacing to the back of each square. (The interfacing helps stabilise the squares for dense embroidery and also means that threads won't shadow through, as well as giving me somewhere to fasten off ends if needs be.) The squares will be trimmed to 6.5" when they're ready to be pieced into the quilt. In order to ensure that none of the embroidery would be in the seam allowances (or chopped off during trimming), I made a cardboard window which was 6.5"square on the outside and 6" square on the inside and that way I could check which bits weren't going to be in the finished square. You can see part of it in this photo.
My idea for the blocks was that I wanted them to look like a colouring book where someone has done lots of colouring in some areas/on some pages and virtually none on others, so some of the squares have quite a lot of embroidery on them and others have a tiny bit. They will, eventually, be pieced into a quilt and, at some point, I'm going to (machine) piece some nine patches to set in between the embroidered squares (I already have the fabric!). They will then be set on point (and the embroidered squares set straight), just as Cindy set her Farmer's Wife blocks. I haven't yet chosen background fabric and will probably need help with the finding/choosing when that time comes - you have been warned!
It's been ages since I blogged about any of these squares (April 2013, as far as I can make out - oops!) but I have been working on them in fits and starts, but have never got round to showing them, probably because I'm perpetually playing catch up with my blog! In fact, I've embroidered all 49, it's just that I've only shown you the first four or five! So, instead of boring you with 40-odd embroidered squares in one post, I thought I'd bore you a little bit each week and show four (ish) on a Saturday (or maybe a Sunday, depending on when I remember to write the post!). Does that sound okay? If not, just skip all the posts with 'Summersville' in the title until further notice! (The rest of the posts won't be as wordy, I'll just link back to this post so that if anyone wonders what on earth I'm going to do with all these squares, they can find out!)
Here are first four blocks (which may well look familiar, depending on how good your memory is and how long you've been popping in here):
|Chain stitch for the car, colonial knots for door handles, a touch of satin stitch on the lorry, and back stitch everywhere else (one strand each of orange and purple up the shared walls of the terrace - that's why they look uneven in this photo!)|
|Satin stitch for the library arch, detached fly stitch for the foliage and colonial knots for the blossom on the tree, whipped chain stitch on the roof of the office building with the triangular roof, and back stitch everywhere else.|
I hope I haven't bored you too much, but fear not, I will have by the time I've blogged about all 49 squares!
While I've been busy typing, Archie has been doing his 'am I ever going to get fed' routine (he's got half an hour to go) - these photos aren't from today but this is what he does when he thinks it's teatime:
|It's time for tea. (He'll stand there (stock still, apart from the subtle whinging) for at least ten minutes if he's convinced it's time!)|
|I stood here yesterday and you kept saying 'too early'. it must be time now? (Sorry it's blurry, the light isn't marvellous and I had the shakes - not a great combination!)|
Thanks for popping in, I'll be back in the week to share the remainder of my FAL finishes (I've managed six this time. Yes, really!), and need to get posts written and up before the link closes! (6th January at 11pm PST, which is (I think) 7am on 7th January for those of us in the UK.) Link up your Q4 2015 finishes with Adrianne http://www.onthewindyside.co.nz/2015/12/2015-finish-along-q4-finishes.html and don't forget to include a link to your list somewhere on your post/photo!!