|Jingle BOM Applique Block 6, Erin Russek's Pattern Available Here|
With this particular block, I had some concerns about how smoothly I would be able to turn the edges of the gold metallic fabric I had chosen for the tulips, but I'm very pleased with how those turned out. I think I'm getting better at those little stuffed berries, too. When I did the first block with berries, I thought I could just hold each berry in place with my thumb while I stitched it down, since they were too small to pin and I worried that the basting glue would make it difficult to stitch around the edges of each berry. However, doing it that way, my "perfect" circles had a tendency to get distorted and lumpy during the stitching process and I ended up with too-visible stitches, like little prickle balls. You have to look REALLY CLOSE to see the prickles on those early blocks, and they may not be visible after the finished quilt is washed the first time, but I know they are there and they bug me!
|Berries Without Prickles!|
Here's Erin Russek demonstrating her method for making stuffed circles for applique in a YouTube video:
...and there you have it!
I'm still behind on this project (naturally). I still need to catch up with Pieced Block 5, Applique Block 5, and the center medallion applique for this quilt. It's not a race, though, and there are a couple of things I need to get done before I can go back to this project. You know, Lars and Anders finish their homework and their music practice every day so they can play video games before bed time. Mommy has to do laundry, pay bills, and get a wallpaper quote written up for clients so she can earn applique time in the evening!
Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone!