Quite frankly, God has Gordon and me working on releasing worry, being thankful for our blessings, and trusting that God will take care of us and provide. I've been a Christian for 38 years, and often I feel like I am still in first grade in these areas!
The 4.6 inches of rain this week is another reason for light-heartedness. The garden, sweet corn, cotton, timber and flowers are all busy with fresh new growth!
The late afternoon shadows on these applique quilt blocks created a fun echo of the stitched leaves. Last night I finished the Apple block. Plum is next.
I still see areas that I want to improve in my applique skills, and there is much I need to learn about fabric choices and color values, etc.
As for the fabric that came in the kit (NOT purchased from Piece O' Cake)....let's just say I have had to do some substituting so that there would be enough contrast among the elements of the design. It has been good practice though.
But, YIKES! When one is responsible for the fabric choices, does one EVER become satisfied? I keep returning to the finished blocks to exchange fabric in some areas.
After Gordon photographed the blocks outside, I have spotted even more details I want to change.
Speaking of which, the third block of my Red and Green BOM (last picture) shows a wonky branch on the right side! Yuck!
Should I assume that one should strive for symmetry in styles like this? LOL
Time to confess that I have not been making overlays nor sketching the design on these applique projects. I prefer to "eyeball" the design as I do in sculpting....just jump in there and create....not tie myself down with too much preparatory work.
Note to self: Eyeballing works for the "Simply Delicious" quilt, although Linda and Becky would notice where I chose to improvise on their lovely pattern rather than take out stitches! *sheepish grin*
Second Note to Self: Eyeballing is NOT recommended for the Red and Green BOM, *sigh*
I'm still happy with the results in general, and even the "mistakes" make me happy......because those mistakes are challenging me to LEARN and work harder!