Block 71 First Stitch

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Quilting on reverse of block 71, First Stitch

I’ll admit I have mixed feelings about how I quilted this one. I tried some big-little loops in the yellow pieces but they don’t thrill me. The rest looks fine, but I had to break thread a bunch of times to make it work out in the pattern I wanted. I was kind of glad when it was over, tbh 🙂

I do like the block pattern, though. There are lots of variations for how it presents based on where you place different colors and values. Mine plays with the four little x shapes and also brings out the larger x and o shapes too. The designer, Kerry Green, has some neat variations (including a straight-set version that’s really pretty) on her blog post about the block.

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First Stitch

First Stitch is block 71 of The Splendid Sampler and was designed by Kerry Green.

What do you think?