One thing that is nice about doing the embroidery first, is that there is no additional thread work to do once you applique them on. I didn't use any glue to baste the appliques down - I just used big pins and it seemed to do the trick. I did find that I needed to add an additional stabilizer (I just used freezer paper) when I added the stems to the cattails because I was getting a bit of puckering.
Now, onto the quilt line. I decided for once I would take my time and think about adding some fancy quilt. I've been saving some examples that have caught my eye on my pinterest board. So with that as inspiration but still taking the piece into consideration, I started auditioning different lines and ideas. I used taped together overhead sheets and makers for the job since I didn't have a piece of vinyl on hand. Still adding its a bit daunting. I hate putting in the wrong line - - only to have to take it all out again.
So I'm thinking that I might do some practice quilting this weekend and get a feel of the echo curves I want to make. One thing I've learned about free motion work - practice is key!
With the week of grey and rain and the realization that Tessa is one year closer to leaving - I've been a bit quiet and reflective.
So what have you been up to creatively??