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There really is a lot going on in this fifth group of blocks. The elf, the list, the bag filled with gifts, and one adorable puppy make up the main block. The list of names may be my favorite thing from all the blocks. I've personalized it with the names of my children and grandchildren. The names of a few friends and neighbors, some random names, and scribbles round it off. A fine tipped permanent marker made quick work of it all.
|There they are - Mandy, BJ, Sara, David, and Tim. I didn't think to put the pups on the list until it was too late.|
And now, the wreath. Once again, something unique seemed to be needed. A Dresden plate style in multiple fabrics worked nicely. The block is only 4" square, so the plates are tiny, and there are only twelve instead of the usual twenty. The center of a wreath should be recessed and in the background rather than the foreground. The usual treatment of a circle of fabric stitched on the top just didn't work this time. It looked more like a green flower with a puffy gray center than like a wreath. I finally resorted to fusible web and an empty center for a three dimensional effect. Once fused, the center of the wreath was stitched to the background with my favorite blanket stitch.
The friendship stars can be made with traditional piecing or with paper foundation piecing. I've included instructions for both in the pattern.
|The lighting wasn't at all wonderful when I took this photo. The stars are really quite bright and colorful.|
I'll start sewing it all together next week. The finished quilt should look so much better than this diagram made of individual photographs.
Have a super week!!