When I was making my blocks for A Little Paint and Little Applique, I finished this block and it just didn't want to play nice with the others. It's a bit darker in value and it just doesn't pop against the medium gray background. So I made another block in the same pattern for the quilt, but this block became a test block.
What to do....this quilt is going to be quilt as you go and the blocks are not all the same shape, so how do I make the blocks mesh together?
I started by simply stitching about 1/8 inch away from the edge of the applique. I know I'll need to go back and do some stitching in the paint eventually.
I decided to try stitching this in a slightly lighter gray thread. It lightens the background and lets you see the quilting clearly. It also shows EVERY mistake....but this is a test block and I like how it looks, so I'll probably go with it for the actual quilt.
I then did a curvy echo line about 1/4 inch wide. I plan to split the block into roughly four corners and quilt them all differently.
Then I added some curvy points to the feather and outlined it.
Then traveling along to get to the next one.
And it continues...
Here I tried to make it look like the one went under the edge of the applique.
I added a second echo line as a stopping point.
All stitched out. It gives such movement!
First corner done. Come back next week to see more progress. One reason I chose to do the echo in the corner is that I'm not quite sure where this will be cut off.
After a chaotic week at work so far, this brought me some serenity.
I hope you get to quilt and find your serenity too today.
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