Friday, April 13, 2018

Free Motion Friday - A Little Paint and Little Applique Test Block

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.

 I then stitched three echo feathers.

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.

Around the very edge I decided to echo all the points.

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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