Chuggin' along here and love-love-loving this project! As I mentioned in my last post, I'm using the current Beyond the Cherry Trees block, #11, as a starting point for this small piece. However, I've moved some design elements around, adapted some of the quilting designs into the appliqué and have a few other tricks up my sleeve that I'm hoping will turn this into what I'm visualizing in my imagination. One of my challenges in choosing fabrics has been trying to keep the prints somewhat in the repro range while color/value wise having them luminous enough to pop off of the black background. So far, I'm happy with my choices. We'll see how the bottom of the block develops.
Here's something I want to share. Recently I noticed a quilter in our group working on her appliqué with a pillow in her lap. When this subconscious observation surfaced several weeks later, I high-tailed it over to ask her about it. She explained that it was more comfortable as the pillow provided a place to rest your arms and brings the work closer to you. One night at home, I thought of it as I was doing some handwork and just grabbed a pillow from the couch to give it a try. Wow...what a difference! Do you work like this?
I'm out of prepped hexagons so I need to give this project a little time this weekend. I'm heading east next week and the hexes are a much more portable project than appliqué, for me, at least. As you can see from the shot above, I need my ottoman (and my comfy chair and my Ott-light and my threadcatcher and my side table to lay out my cut pieces and array of thread colors) for optimum appliqué stitching comfort concentration. But everything I need for the hexagons can be zipped into a little take-along bag. I can even work on them in the car...or could, if I wasn't going to be driving.
Speaking of which, between packing and travel I'm going to be pretty tied up the next couple of weeks so I'll be back around Labor Day. (Labor Day! How'd that happen?) Enjoy the rest of summer and I'll see you again in a couple of weeks.