I have joined in with the Vignette Mystery Quilt.
I thought you may find it useful if I shared a few tips I have learned along the way.
1. I did not use Hanky Linen. I had bought some especially for the project, but I was concerned that when the finished quilt was washed it may shrink at a different rate to the rest of the cotton fabrics. So, I used a tiny white on white printed cotton. I used the fabric reversed and marked the design on the wrong side. This was easier to mark the design on as the print did not interfere with my marking pencil.The fabric was very easy to embroider on. You may be pleased to know this if you have been having difficulty buying the hanky linen.
2. I used a Clover Chacopen to mark my embroidery design on to the cotton fabric. Easy to use, with a nice fine tip and simple to erase if you make a mistake. There are other similar marking pencils on the market too.
3. I traced my stitchery on to the fabric before I placed the batting behind. But, I also found it useful to have a photocopy of the design above my work as I was tracing. Then, if I was unsure of what to trace I could check it against my photocopy.
4. Because I found it difficult to buy Parlan iron-on batting in the UK, I used a cotton batting and 505 temporary adhesive to attach my batting to the back of my block before I started the stitchery. This worked very well and I did not have a problem.
5. For the Shoofly blocks, you will see I have used my own choice of fabrics, but I found the effect was better to use a good contrast of lights and darks.
Important There is an error in the Vignette magazine instruction diagram for Block 1. The left red spot border should read 14″ x 2″ not 2½”.