OMWFB is started! I looked through my stash and considered a couple different approaches to this quilt, but was charmed by the bird print and decided to see what I could do with it. It is challenging because backgrounds for applique pieces tend to be solids, or prints/batiks that appear solid, or are a low volume print that recedes into the background.
Selecting the bird print means that I have to be careful not to let my applique pieces struggle with my background for visual dominance. While my preference tends to be prints, I decided to use batiks in solids and subtle prints. The flower pots and window frame are leftovers pieces of Moda Grunge. Grunge is great as it has subtle color variations adding depth and texture, but without competing with busier fabrics.
I am also editing some of the flower/leaf elements to allow a little more of the birdie background to be visible.
Here are the first two squares of the project, side by side. The vases and leaves are edge turned and machine appliquéd. The flower petals are raw edge and machine appliquéd on the first block, and turned edge and machine applique on the second block. I am using Sulky Sticky Tearaway stabilizer on the backs of the blocks to provide a good stable applique surface. Heat n Bond lite is used to secure the raw edge pieces. Iron on “washable” media is used for the turned edge pieces. The leaves are all turned edge.
I am thoroughly enjoying this project!
Happy quilting, Lennea