With the quilt blocks done, the last block left to make to allow me to put it together is a monogramed block.
The block begins with an 8 1/2" square of the background fabric.
I selected a fabric from my Moda fabric pack for the blocks borders. There were two strips cut at 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" and two strips at 2 1/2" x 12 1/2". I will sew the borders on after I have appliqued the monogram.
I found the letter "K" in my font of choice in Photoshop Elements. It is sized at 5 1/2" and mirrored from the original. Remember that it needs to be reversed to trace onto fusible web. Using SoftFuse fusible web, which I like for this project because of its soft hand, I traced the letter and pressed it to the reverse side of my applique fabric.
The letter was cut out and pressed to the background block. I am quite picky about my applique threadwork lying flat. To ensure that, I need a stabilizer to spray baste to the background square. My stabilizer of choice is a piece of Pellon's Easy Pattern #830 lightweight nonwoven interfacing cut slightly larger than the square. Once the background square is prepared, sewing can begin.
The letter was stitched with a light blue thread with the buttonhole stitch.
Now that the applique is complete, the borders are sewn on. The 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" strips are sewn to both sides.
The 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" strips are then sewn to the top and bottom of the square. All of the quilt blocks are now complete.
The blocks are laid out in a pleasing manner and ready to sew together.
Until next time,