April Stitch Along week 1
Did you miss my stitch along challenge rules this week? This month we are going to be doing something very different. You see, it is Autism Awareness month and I thought of a wonderful way to spread the word by showing just how creative autistic people can be. My son is autistic and he has been doing some drawings so I thought I would turn those drawings into quilt blocks and present one each week for the month of April.
The first drawing is of a crab and here's my finished block.
I decided that this was a great little block, what do you think? In fact, this block turned out so well that I decided to take it another step and add it in our applique patterns at ArbeeDesigns.com and any purchase will go straight to my son. When I told him this, he was quite excited so I'm sure he will be making more very soon. If you want to support him in his efforts, you can download this pattern here: The Crab Pattern.
So the challenge this month is, how will you support Autism Awareness month in a creative or quilty way? I hope you will send me a photo of what you do so we can create a special gallery for Autism Awareness.
In the meantime, here's how I constructed the block.....
I used fusible webbing to put the crab applique together. So first, I drew the pieces from the reserved side of the drawing and pressed it onto the back of my fabrics.
The block is quite easy, however, there are a few little fiddly pieces. Tweezers make them easy to handle and Baking Paper (found in New Zealand, I'm not sure if it is in other countries) is ideal to use in place of a Teflon Sheet. It is somewhat like Parchment paper found in America, but better as the pieces adhere to the Baking Paper where they don't to Parchment paper. This just stops the pieces moving around as you put them in place.
I use the light-box to assist. It makes it easy to see the mouth line through the fabric so I can draw it ready for stitching.
I like using free-motion and my technique of soft-edge applique (included in the pattern), but any stitch is suitable to attach the pieces. I also used free-motion to stitch in the mouth, but of course, you can also use a Pigma pen to draw it on too. You can see here how I double stitched the mouth.
Just in case you missed the link for this pattern, you can find it here: The Crab Quilt Block