|Purple Grapes pattern available in Noah and Matilda Set Seven
The Purple Grapes
I stopped counting after the first 12 grapes, but let's just say the quantity of grapes in this block tops the speed limit of most US highways! Does that sound better than 65?
I love the shape of the stems, the curve of the embroidered tendrils and of course...the grape clusters!
I did the embroidery first, then the stems.
Next came the leaves, while contemplating which technique to use for the grapes.
|Stem of grapes, Noah and Matilda block set seven
I decided not to restitch the block.
I like the texture of these clusters.
The technique makes for great discussion.
I also like the idea of using multiple techniques in the quilt.
We still have not determined if Matilda made all of the blocks or if it was a presentation quilt.
I turned under the circle edge and ran a gathering stitch around the edge. After stuffing the circle with bits of cotton batting I pulled the gathering thread closed, and knotted the thread. Without cutting the thread I ran it through the center of the circle and into the block backing fabric.
I made another knot, tacking the grape to the background fabric. Then I stitched the bottom circle of the grape to the backing fabric from the back side. Being a back baster, the circle was already drawn.
The rest of the blocks in set seven include oak leaves, a red flower stem and great yellow flower!
Set seven is HERE.
Have a great week!