Sue and Sam visit France and China

I have been participating in the Block of the Month that Marian is hosting at Seams to be Sew, called Sunbonnet Sue and Sam Travel the World. Every second Monday, she releases 2 more patterns in the series. There are 26 patterns for free, and for each block you finish and post to her Flickr group, you can request previous blocks or 26 bonus blocks! I'm hoping to stay on track all year and get all the blocks as they are released. The first block I prepared is shown here.

Sam and Sue March blocks

I couldn't get a clear photo of all the blocks, and the rainy spring days mean my outdoor shots are harder to get :)

Sam in China

I'm not sure that I like this two coloured outfit. It seems a bit plain for a traditional costume - but I admit to not knowing what the national costume of China looks like. I have seen several traditional formal men's wear from weddings, and they are usually more colourful than this. Maybe I'll jazz it up with some metallic threads when I stitch the applique down, or add some embroidery stitches later.

I do love these fabrics together, but somehow it's not quite right yet...

Sue in China

I really like this calico like print for the gown. It looks to be the right sized print for the image. The panda is super cute, and I really want to do a great job on the mouth embroidery later.

I really like the background fabric I chose here - it's an old window curtain that was in a pile of scraps my Mom gave me. I don't know how sturdy it will be next to the cottons, but I think I'll add some fusible interfacing to the back to help firm up it's flimsiness.

Sam in France

This little painter dude is so cute! He reminds me of kindergarten art class...without the abstract mess on the floor :)

I don't know why I chose to put him on the black background - it's so dark! I am thinking a brighter thread for the blanket stitch will add dimension and help pop the outfit.

Sue in France

This cheeky little girl is ready to paint the town! Don't you love her pink plaid shoes? I really like the little kitty on her shirt too! She's going to be a fun one when she's done :)

Sue in Africa

I had a lot of troubles choosing fabrics for this block. The only fabric I loved from the start is the yellow polka dot shoes. I started with the hat and shirt fabric, but the over skirt just doesn't look right. I think if I use a darker thread in brown or near black to outline all the pieces, everything will come together.

I finished some other blocks in February, but somehow they got lost in my updates, so I'll find those pictures and post them soon.

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