This has been a winter full of snow for us in Central Missouri. Don't get me wrong, I love a good snow/sew day, but too many interferes with my list of things to get done!
To combat the cabin fever, I pulled out my sketch book and started doodling. I seem to be drawn to flowers lately, maybe I have spring fever. So I picked a sketch that I felt could be easily translated into an applique block.
Then I headed to my studio to see if I could make it come alive in fabric. I was attracted to brightly colored fabric, perhaps to offset all the white I have been seeing. I also wanted to try a reverse applique technique using freezer paper and free-motion sewing and not using any fusible web to create the test block.
After testing, I know I will need to work on the technique as I can foresee some issues with those new to applique or quilting. It went together easily and look forward to offering this as both a pattern and a class. I do like the soft, suppleness of the applique without the fusible. The raw edges don't bother me as I like the sketchbook quality they have, and I can always thread paint the edges to secure them.
Does the weather effect your sewing/quilting? Anyone out there suffering from cabin fever?
Sending thoughts of Spring Flowers your way,