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Block 4 is a Reverse Applique Block from Lindsay @Lindsay Sews
I decided this was a good opportunity to pull together some of the fabrics that I'm using across the sampler quilt. I created the reverse applique as Lindsay told us to but then I free motioned three times around each 'hole' using other colours 'teal' and 'pink' to show against the white background and give the block a looser more 'hand-drawn' feel. This reminded me a bit of a textile art technique that I've use in the past called 'stitching over the void'
The fifth block is a Sashiko Block from Jess @The Elven Garden
The block instructions said to trace a Sashiko design onto your fabric but I cheated a bit as one of my fabrics for this quilt already had a perfect design printed on it. I picked out embroidery threads in various colours/shades to represent all the other fabrics I'm using in the quilt and stitched around random printed circles on the block.
I'm not sure that I've really got the hang of this Sashiko thing - to me it's just good old hand sewn running stitch. I think the term 'Sashiko' really describes a specified Japanese design/pattern using the 'running stitch' sewn in white or red on an indigo blue background so I don't think my block really constitutes a Sashiko block merely an interpretation!
And here's the 5 blocks I've created so far
When I laid out the 5 blocks together in a row my assistant, Tatty and I were very much in agreement that the Scraptastic Block from Week 2 (Tatty's helpfully pointing the block out for you ;) ) just wasn't in keeping with the rest of the blocks.
What happened was that this block had to be created from scraps and at that stage I didn't have any scraps from my chosen fabrics so I raided my scrap bag. Now don't get me wrong I absolutely looovvve this block but the colours just aren't right for this collection. The photo on the left of the 4 other blocks together looks much better. So I've decided not to use this Scraptastic Block in my Something NEW quilt - I'll remake this block at the end of the hop using scraps from my chosen fabrics instead.
You can follow The Something NEW Sampler on flickr