This week was all about appliqué. I wasn’t 100% happy with the patterns I found earlier on line, and then realized that I hadn’t searched my old American Patchwork & Quilting magazines for something. Sure enough I came across an issue with several flower options that were the correct size and scale for what I had envisioned. I pulled out my well used leaf templates and went to work. I added some fall colors to the leaves, and I was pretty happy with the first panel.
Things sped up quite a bit on the successive panels; I cut everything at once and then glue basted the first layer down before putting it on the machine. Fast forward…the panels are done, and I have attached them to the main quilt. Now my LACK of artistic anything comes through loud and clear. My corners are an asymmetrical mess!
I did a little bit of ripping and tried resetting the stem to see if the would work better. I think I can make a decent looking curve with the stems, and join them, but they won’t be centered on the corner. When I arrived at the office, a colleague that does quilting happened to be around for a meeting, so I asked her opinion. She suggests that I just run the stems off the edge, and embrace my modern quilting self (not sure I’ve met her). She suggested some random use of the three flower types with a leaf or two, making each corner different. It would certainly add a surprise element. Thoughts anyone?