They don't have quite as much embroidery on them as I had planned, as I couldn't transfer the design with much success. But now they are finished and laid out together, I do like the simple running stitch. They are quite small - only 12 x 10" - but that suits my Mum's table.
The pattern for the New York Beauty Block can be found here and I used the freezer paper foundation piecing technique (great tutorial here). I have then quilted wobbly lines, added the running stitch in DMC threads to match the fabrics (which are all batiks), then finished them off with a batik back and some top stitch (which very nearly broke my sewing machine when then needle snapped!).
|I love the leaves on the yellow fabric|
To finish off the present, I took some of the off-cuts and stitched them together to create a "ribbon" in the loosest sense of the word, and tied a bow round them.
Now I have to wait to Tuesday to see if Mum likes them!
Edited to add - it looks like the link to the PDF is broken - try this one!