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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Candle-Wick Blocks

This week the roll of the dice brought up number four, my candle-wick blocks from long ago.  How long ago, you may well ask?  Way, way back in the distant past, these were started in 1999!  We were planning a three month trip to England, and I wanted to take a little something to do.  After driving around places of interest all day, walking through castles, and admiring stone circles, the idea was that I could relax in the B&Bs each night with a little hand stitching.  So I traced some some designs onto plain homespun, packed needles and threads to take with me.

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There is nothing fancy about my stitching, and I can only do back stitch and knots, but I’m happy with that.  I love the simplicity of this sort of stitching, and I managed to stitch my way through quite a few of my blocks while were were travelling around the UK on our wonderful holiday.  Some nights I stitched, and some nights I was too tired, but it didn’t really matter – the blocks were there if I wanted to work on them.

I continued my stitching when we returned home and then everything got packed away and forgotten.  Then finally, my candle-wick blocks were taken out of oblivion, and added to The List of Six UFOs.  At long last they have their chance to finally become more than just a pile of lonely little blocks.

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The first job to do of course was to wash them in hot water, dry and press the blocks – already done now.  Then I will need to cut them all to size and decide how I want to assemble them all.  I think I’ll do that step tomorrow.  How exciting, this is almost classed as a new project, and it is certainly time to start working on these blocks again, after all that time!

8 comments:

loulee said...

Pretty. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with these.

Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

The makings of something very pretty I think.

Deb said...

I love discovering old projects I packed away years and years ago. Your candlewicking block is quite pretty and I look forward to seeing what your do with them.

Nancy J said...

I can see this will be another stunning quilt, and waiting to see how they all go together.

Katie said...

My goodness. I haven’t thought of candlewicking in forever! :-)

Gretchen Weaver said...

This is going to be beautiful. I did a few candlewicking projects but they were small, pincushions, a few pretty designs to put in a hoop with a ruffle to be hung on the wall. Are you going to add any color, like pale pink or blue? However, she will be lovely. Blessings, Gretchen

Jenny said...

Yes, I will be adding some pink to the quilt, I've decided, otherwise it will be a bit bland.

Chitra Gangadharan said...

very lovely work. with back stitch and French knots you have created beautiful pieces. looking forward to see how they are used.