Friday, March 30, 2012

The Last Two Applique Blocks

The last two applique blocks for this project are done, finished, and off of my list!  All of these blocks have went together amazingly well considering I was mostly looking at pictures and winging it!  At first I didn't like how the vase touched up against the edge of the background fabric in block #6.  I had to mull it over for a couple days, then compare it with my other finished blocks until I decided to let it be?!?
Applique block #6
I know, I know, it's a little bit Prim....
Block #7 was mostly the result of impulsive decision making, not rational, deliberate thought.  Well, I did say previously that the fabric colors were very deliberate, didn't I?  What happened was, I had an extra bird cut out from block #1 (I thought the bird needed to point in the other direction in the first block--you know how that goes).  I tried and tried to put the leftover one into the other applique blocks, but it never looked right.  In fact, it always had a 'forced' look about it, like it was unhappy with it's surroundings and getting ready to pout about it or something.  Then, when I was flipping through my book to figure out this particular block design, I impulsively decided to try a circle design with the bird in the center.  Why not?  I took one of the pictures in the book and basically pared it down, making it a little less busy and therefore putting more focus on the little birdy.  I'm so glad I did, because I think it adds much needed whimsy to this quilt and it is looking perfectly at home there!  Now if I can just find the time to sew it all together this weekend.*wink  Who was it that said 'at least I have a life?'
Applique block #7
This block blends in better than it would seem to.

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