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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