This week, I did a lot of applique – partly because I wasn’t having fun quilting the Sally Post Sampler. I did one block of Butterfly Garden, an easy needleturn quilt from the summer issue of Fons & Porter. I liked this block because it gives free rein to completely mix up colours, use big prints, some uglies from the stash, and just generally go wild with no concern at all for a colour scheme.
I have mixed feelings about the finished block – its very large (to me, who usually works on smaller pieces), I don’t like the flower and especially its leaves, and I’m not happy with the solid black I chose for the butterfly body.
What I’ll do with the next one is try a 9″ block instead of 12″, try a black and white print fabric for the body, and use a different flower and leaves. The Piece O Cake book Applique Delights has a few ideas, and so does Janet Pitmans’ Applique, the Basics and Beyond. I may end up making the quilt from 12, 9 and 6 inch blocks, with various flowers and leaves or none at at all on the smaller blocks.
I also completed another 21 birds block, and got everything organized and fused – and even started sewing – the next Cherry Berry Album block.