Hollie requested “light & dark sage greens, light & dark creamy golds” for her birthday blocks. For some reason, it got easier to pick fabrics when I changed it to “evergreen and goldenrod” in my head. I didn’t think I would care much for the color combo, but can I just say wow! I love it! It’s not a color combination you see every day, which is nice.
The Y-seams were definitely a challenge, but well worth the extra patience.
I tried a new technique for this applique. Usually I cut heat-resistant templates and starch the seam allowances under, but this time I cut the bead shapes out of Beth Ferrier’s “Wash-Away Applique Sheets“. It’s an interesting product. The sheets are printable on one side and fusible on the other, and when you’re done with the project, they dissolve in water.
I found it difficult to hand-applique through the fabric. The sheets seemed to be pretty stiff, so I ended up switching to machine applique. When I was done, I stay-stitched around the outer edge of the block and tossed it in the washer, then let it air dry. After pressing, I’m not sure I’m entirely happy with how crinkly the beads look, but you know what? Once it’s in the quilt, no one will ever notice.
I recently learned about another interesting applique technique called “front basting”. Have you heard of it? I’m eager to try it. I might have to make another bead/leaf block and test this new-to-me technique. I’ll let you know how it goes!