My dear friend, Nancy, recently sent me this pattern. Camelot, designed by Trish Harper. You can find this pattern on Broderie for purchase as well as look through their Flickr account to see amazing photos of wonderful blocks.
I happen to be a handwork junkie. I prefer applique but any handwork will do. Knitting, embroidery, whatever, I love them all. I have a feeling that Nancy knew I would not be able to resist this pattern.
Why is it that after I choose fabrics and get them stitched together do I always see what I could have done better? In the big scheme of things I know it will be fine but I kind of wish my center circle (behind the X) were lighter and wishing my green points were darker. Oh well, persevering.
I like to run the pattern through the copier and print it on template plastic.
Pro's: Perfect straight lines (though you must check that the copier doesn't warp anything)
Con's: Ink can take too long to dry unless you're patient, and still it can rub off the plastic and onto your fabric.
There is probably a technique for tightening up that center (see the bitty hole?). If you know what it is please share with me. Several of the blocks have just this kind of center and I would love to know how to improve.