AppliqueAs with any applique project, there are numerous ways of doing the applique. Block 7 can be done with needle turn applique, turned machine applique, or fused. The flower shapes on this one are a bit challenging for needleturn, although that is the method I have used. I believe the pattern designer chose to fuse her flowers and then do a decorative hand blanket stitch around the edges. This gives a little more folk art look to the block.
The background I chose for this block is black, as are most of the blocks, and for the stems and leaves I chose a brown hombre plaid. I love the look of the hombre value changes along the flower stems and it gives the leaves a bit of variation so they all look a little different. This fabric also shows up well on the black background, but does not compete with the flowers.
For the centers of the flowers I chose a soft, small scale plaid that is actually a green/gray color with accent threads in both blue and cream. The very small scale of the plaid gives the look of a check in the center of the flowers.
Assembly of the Block
I demonstrated how to make bias stems for flowers in a previous blog article on applique, so I will not repeat that, or the basic technique of turned edge hand applique. Just a few pointers.
To make perfect circles for your centers, use a template form the correct size. I like Perfect Circles by Karen Kay Buckley. This pack has all the circle sizes you need for most projects and they are heat resistant, so you can baste around your fabric circle then pull and tighten the basting forming the fabric around the circle template. While you have the basting tight, iron the circle, setting the perfect circular edge, then remove the template.
Stitching down your circles is just a breeze as the edges are already turned perfectly!
Here is our finished applique. We will be trimming this block later when we make the blocks for next month and attach them to the bottom of the flowers.