Spring Quilt Block – giant scotch with cashmere

I promised I’d be quicker with the next step! This part is similar to the previous giant reverse scotch stitch, but this time the scotch stitches are not reversed and I added blocks of cashmere stitch.

Click here for Spring Quilt Block C instructions

But before we go on, I made a mistake on the kind of thread used for the giant reversed scotch stitches and I want to call your attention to it. The kind of thread I used was Gumnuts Poppies, a silk/wool blend, not the stranded floss in the table. I’ll correct the instructions in the previous post as well, just wanted to make sure you were aware of it.

For today’s section, I stitched the giant scotch stitches first using Gumnuts Poppies in Medium Lemon Crush, #706. Isn’t that a bright sunny color? I love it next to the purple, reminds me even more of irises and pansies.

Giant scotch blocks

Notice that these blocks of giant scotch stitch are not reversed, but are all slanted the same way.

Next I used Gumnuts Buds, a silk pearl, in the same color, 706 Medium Lemon Crush, to stitch the cashmere blocks between the giant scotch stitches. These blocks are all slanted the same way, but opposite of the giant scotch.

Giant scotch with cashmere

I’m really pleased with the way this is turning out!

Here are the diagrams for today.

Giant scotch blocks
Cashmere block
Giant scotch with cashmere blocks

We’re making great progress! Hope you’re having as much fun as I am!

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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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