|The only dry spots were actually on the massive tree!|
How cheerful is that? I made this from Connie's free Chinese Forget Me Not tutorial at her blog Freemotion by the River. It happens that she posted this tutorial a few days after I purchased some orange and yellow batiks. I loved the colors of my batiks, and Connie added the turquoise flowers and I was sold. It's so pretty! If that's not inspiration, I don't know what is.
Connie's tutorial is for an Accuquilt cutter, which I don't have, but it was easy enough to cut the pieces myself. The tutorial is really clear and it was pretty easy. I made the bias stems with my bias tape maker. The flowers are raw edged and are made from a poinsettia template I found on the Internet. Did you know that you can just use a soft pencil and trace the pattern right from your screen? It worked great!
I hope everyone noticed that this is actually quilted! To do that, I actually built the applique on top of the layered pieced top:
There is no fusible in this top. I just stitched it all down right through the layers, which quilted it as I went. The background has a simple meander that I actually did last, after all the applique was in place. This was not without problems:
Overall it worked out okay, though! I am really pleased with the finished product. It's so cheerful, and I love these two colors together (even though they seem to be strobing in the pictures). The one thing that I might do is add buttons to the flower centers so that they stand out a little better.
Hope everyone has a wonderful--and dry--weekend. We are going to the ballpark! I hope the rain is finished by then!
Sharing at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and crazymomquilts, and Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River.