Spring Quilt Block – continuing with the giant scotch stitch

I apologize for not posting the next step for a week – life interferes, along with some really pressing deadlines. But, here’s the next step, giant scotch stitches, and I should be ready with the next part in a day or two.

Click here for Spring Quilt Block B instructions

I’m continuing on with the Gumnuts threads and so far really liking how they feel as I stitch, and how the finished stitches look. But I ran into a little snag.

I had stitched all of the giant scotch stitches, then thought about the color. Was it too dark? Did I have something else I could have used? So I spent a sleepless night thinking about this, and decided the next day that I would take it all out and use a lighter color. Well, I had used the lightest color purple in my bag. Some of you know that I live in an area with no shops for hours, and certainly none with Gumnuts threads. I couldn’t just pop out the shops and get a lighter shade. I decided to live with what I had.

As I thought about it, I thought about spring flowers. Some of my absolute favorites are a deeper shade of purple – pansies, grape hyacinth, irises. I grew more comfortable with the color. Now I think I’m pretty happy with it.

When I stitched the giant scotch I took a path through the area in a diagonal line.

That’s certainly not the only way to stitch reverse scotch stitches, but it made sense to me and I enjoyed taking this particular path for stitching.

There are two areas of giant scotch:

I’m quite pleased with the subtle color variations in this thread, and I think it covers very well with a single strand on 18 ct.

Here are the diagrams for the giant scotch:

Basic giant scotch
Two blocks, reversed
The entire area
A diagonal path
The giant reverse scotch around the center blocks

I’m almost ready with the next section, and will get that up much quicker, I promise!

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Spring Quilt Block – First Steps

I love starting something new, the blank canvas just waiting for stitches. I don’t know if you love starting a fresh project, but I’m sure a lot of you do, since you (not naming any names) have lots of works in progress! I’m not one to have a lot of projects going at the same time; it seems to heighten my stress levels, so I’m more a “one at a time” kind of stitcher, always have been.

Anyway, today I started stitching my Spring Quilt Block. And there’s already been a question – if this one is the Spring Quilt Block, will there be three more? The best answer I can give is “probably”. You’ll see it here first!

Previously I shared the threads I’ve pulled and the canvas I selected (eggshell 18 ct., 12″ square for this 6″ square design). Today we start stitching.

Click here for Spring Quilt Block A instructions

Can I just say how much I love blue and green together? I felt happy the whole time I was stitching today.

This is my first time stitching with Gumnuts Stars, a stranded silk. I’m using 3 strands. I experienced a little bit of trouble getting the strands to lay next to each other. There seemed to be some “drag” as I pulled through the canvas. I’m using a size 22 Tapestry needle, which should be the appropriate size for this size canvas. I may switch to a size 20 to see if that reduces the drag and helps the thread pass more smoothly through the canvas.

The first block is a double brick pattern. I used an away knot to anchor the stitches to begin, but to end if I can I like pulling the thread to the front and stitching over the tail, as shown in the picture.

First block of double brick stitches

I continued with the second block, same color, same double brick pattern.

Double Brick with stranded silk

Can you see the slight shade variations of the stranded silk? Such a pretty effect!

Next I added the soft green blocks, using a double Parisian stitch. I think the double brick and double Parisian work pretty well together. Both patterns are straight stitches, usually over 4 canvas threads, offset, easy to compensate.

Double Parisian with double brick in stranded silk

That’s it for today, enough of a start. Here are the diagrams if you don’t want to click for the instructions in pdf form.

Double brick, upper left block
Double brick upper left and lower right blocks

Double Parisian upper right and lower left blocks

I hope you enjoy this stitch along – be sure to share pictures with me of your color way!

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