Well hello there, quilty friends! I think it’s a safe assumption that you’ve joined me here because of my Crazed Quilt over at the Moda Bake Shop. Welcome!

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Today I’m going to share with y’all my pattern for this label block. If you’re new to embroidery, make sure you click the link on the right to take you to my YouTube page, where I share how-to videos with the basic stitches used in this block.

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If you don’t already have them, you’re also going to need 20 – 2.5″ squares for the block border, and a 9.5″ square of fabric (I used Moda Bella Solids Bleached White PFD) for the embroidery foundation. I backed my embroidery foundation with Pellon Shape Flex (Pellon #SF101), which is a woven, fusible interfacing. This step isn’t absolutely necessary, but it makes a nice, lightweight permanent stabilizer, and prevents stray threads from showing through your fabric.

If you participated in my Bee-utiful QAL, I’m sure this block looks familiar. It’s the same as block 13, I’ve just changed up the stitching a little and eliminated the bees. You’ll notice that the basket is done with a woven basket stitch. I followed {THIS} tutorial. It’s not in English, but it’s really easy to follow just by watching. After stitching the basket, I outlined it with a chain stitch in the same color. In lieu of just outlining the bicycle seat and frame, I filled them in with a satin stitch. I also used DMC Perle Cotton in a variety of weights, and one Iris Perle Cotton (sold at Joann stores). For the stitching instructions I used for block 13, click {HERE}, and note the substitutions listed above.

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To download the embroidery design, click {HERE}. Transfer to your background fabric using your preferred method. In this instance, I used Sulky’s water soluble inkjet transfer sheets, but this step is definitely not necessary. I was just in a hurry, so I printed out the design, slapped it on the fabric (the sheets are self-stick), and hopped in my car.

For the lettering, I used KG The Fighter, which is a free font (download {HERE}). I typed it up in a word processing program in 24 pt size, and then transferred it to the block. I stitched using a backstitch and coordinating perle cotton from the bike.

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Once, you’ve embroidered your block, use a pressing sheet or a fluffy towel to cover your block, and press with a hot iron. Then trim to 8.5″ square. Piece the 20 -2.5″ squares around the block. When finished, either piece into your backing material (I added a 12.5″ strip of Moda Bella Solid 9900 110 to either side of my block, and then pieced into my backing fabric), or fold the edges under and whipstitch to your finished quilt!dsc_5701_web

Voila! A gorgeous quilt back to match your beautiful work of art! Thanks for joining me, and until next time — HAPPY STITCHING!!!!

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