I have just a little more information to share on Evening Bloom, my hand applique project.
First, I took this picture to give you a sense of the size of the blocks, which are 24 inches.
I have one of these pattern sheets for each block. I use it to trace the pattern pieces onto freezer paper.
After I cut out the freezer paper and iron it to fabric,
I cut it out, leaving a reasonable amount of fabric, and trace around the wax paper, that's how I know what to turn under to get my shapes.
I also trace the pattern onto a sheet of pattern-ease,
This is how I determine the placement for each pattern piece,
without having to draw the pattern on my background fabric, leaving marks that may or may not get covered with the pattern piece, or may or may not wash out.
When I fell in love with the pattern Evening Bloom, and read the book's directions for needle turn applique, I immediately knew I would need additional help with the whole process. I had absolutely no background knowledge on this method of handwork. So I contacted a fellow quilter who teaches needle turn applique classes. As luck would have it, not only was she willing and eager to teach me how to applique, she was planning to make Evening Bloom and had even already purchased her fabric.
We decided to work on this quilt together (yeah, another sew along!) and immediately made plans to meet for my first lesson.
In addition to miscellaneous applique accoutrements, my applique teacher brought this to my first lesson.
A hot chocolate cupcake with vanilla peppermint icing. A moist, sweet, delicious cupcake with a marshmallow center.
A cupcake from one of the best cupcake bakeries in New York City, we live in Illinois.
She bought this cupcake, carried it all over the streets of New York, through airport security, and them home, to give to me. Needless to say, we get along pretty good!!
We've both finished our first block,
my patient, skilled, generous, and knowledgable applique teacher's block is on the left.
Marianne, thanks so much for all your help, I could not have done it without you.