This month’s block played right into my usual M.O. – using flowers as a medium for expression. The instructions were to use red and/or pink to make a heart-themed block. A single or multiple hearts could be appliqued onto a white background. Applique was the assigned technique to use.
So, this was not a stretch for me, since I do a lot of fused applique. After a little dithering, I chose a red, decided on one heart centered in the block, and fused it onto a white-on-white floral patterned background fabric.
I experimented with ways to soften and embellish the raw edge of the red heart against the white background, playing with some cording, fringe, beads and other ideas. Ultimately I came back to fussy-cut flowers, heat-fused onto the block and then free-motion stitched down. Here is the finished block.
The background is actually really white, the iphone photo doesn’t render the color accurately. I’ll have to up that game with better photos!
So I ended up with a block that’s reminiscent of my usual work with florals, applied in a different way. Again, I was happy with it. Again, I didn’t win the raffle drawing for the blocks by all the guild members who contributed. Again, that was OK with me. I liked making it, it got some oohs and aahs when I brought it in, and I’m happy with it.