Here is today's new stitch-out (sorry if it seems a little out of focus - click on it to see it larger and in focus). It features two different floral border designs, one simple and one more ornate. Both feature the simple flower from blocks #49 and #50 as well as small simple leaves and a vine.
The difference between the two is that with the more ornate (lower) design, the flowers have a spiral center and veins in the petals and there are more leaves and an addition of tendrils.
When stitching vines or continuous designs of any sort, I find it easiest to start with the bulk of the block or quilt behind the machine and pull it towards me as I stitch. This gives me a better view of where I've been and where I'm going.
Instead of cutting a block, cut a large rectangle - mine is 7" x 14" (we will stitch out lots of borders designs using this size). Divide in half down the long middle using your Hera marker so that you have two narrow border sections to work in.
Begin on one of the short ends and start with the needle in the middle of the border section. Stitch a stem up to one side about 1" then make a sprig of leaves. Stitch back to the stem then stitch over to the opposite side and stitch a small flower; about 1 1/2" wide. Stitch back to the stem then stitch over to the opposite side until you have room to make another flower. Stitch the flower then stitch back to the vine. Keep stitching from side to side and stitching either a flower or a sprig of leaves so that they alternate with each other from side to side as shown.
To make the more elaborate design, simply doll up the flowers with a fancier center and veins or doubled up petals and add more leaves between all of the designs and add tendrils by stitching curling lines away from the vine then doubling back on them back to the vine.
I use this stitch out a lot in medium sized borders - 2 1/2" - 5" in width. It's a little 'girly' but there isn't anything wrong with that!