Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Words to Live By Block 5


 Loyalty is another favorite block of mine.  I have to say that I am always surprised when I press on the wool appliques.  I love the texture, the colors, and the patterns in the dyed wool.  A big Shout Out to Lisa Bongean.  She has selected all of the wool for the kits and I love them.   I even received a "Wow" from my son!

 If you are just joining us, we are making Lisa Bongean's Words to Live By Quilt  - a block each month.  Lisa is the designer of Primitive Gatherings and has hand selected all of the wool and cottons for this BOM kit.  It is not too late to join.  We still have some kits just waiting for you!

 Remember for block 5 to trace all those small images together to save you time and reduce waste.  As you can see I needed to cut out a few separately.  You may want to trace a rectangle the size of your wool and then fit in all of the small heart flower petals.   Watch out the red wool pieces are similar in size.   Although it probably wouldn't really matter if they were mixed up. SAVE those left over wools pieces for another project - they are gold. 
 The background for this block is one of my favorite Primitive Gathering prints.  The only thing with the little black flowers and vines is that they seemed to appear as part of the lettering.
To find the center of my block, I lightly press each way in half as you can see.  This helps with the wool placement as well.

 This picture with my phone might give you better detail.  I went over the Loyalty word twice to make it darker.  BE CAREFUL though and do that only when it has dried from the first inking.  Remember light strokes with the pen. Otherwise you might get some ink bleeding.

I really love this block.  I am going to make some additional half-square triangles today.  As soon as our Sisters & Quilters work is finished.

I hope you are enjoying these blocks as much as I am.

You can find kits available on  If you don't want to adventure into the big quilt, try some single blocks for beautiful pillows or table runners.  And you can really write in any word that you want.  A family name would be perfect. Send us a message if you are interested in purchasing any of the blocks separate.

Happy Sewing!

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