Some time ago, I purchased the pattern Queen Square by Sue Ambrose. (A Somerset Patchwork pattern www.somersetpatchwork.com.au )
I thought this would be an excellent design to use for all the reproduction fabrics I had been collecting.
As you can see from the photo, there are 20 main blocks, comprising three different designs, and two borders. While some quilters like a totally scrappy look, I prefer a bit of uniformity, which you will notice in my colour/fabric selection.
To construct the blocks I have used a combination of different techniques, including English paper piecing, needle turn applique and tacking over freezer paper. Aurifil Cotton Mako Ne40 and Ne50 threads are suitable for these tasks and enable me to stitch with (almost) invisible stitches. I have used my light-box to trace designs as well as using a placement overlay. You can read a description of the overlay method in my earlier post http://alwaysquilting.wordpress.com/2012/09/13/design-transfer-dilemma/
The first block looks like this.
The second block design has twelve blocks, four each of three different colourways.
The finished blocks look like this…
I have not yet completely made the third block, but have prepared all the components by tacking them onto freezer paper and joining them together. In the picture you can see that I have placed them on the background fabric. As I sew I will remove the tacking and papers.
This kind of project is a lot of work, but I really enjoy the hand sewing, and it is certainly satisfying seeing it all come together.
Keep watching this blog and I will post more pictures of my Reproduction WIP as I work towards its completion.