Friday, July 8, 2011
Another Chinese style block
Here is another block from my Chinese embroidery quilt. Not really sure what to call the flower, perhaps a Dahlia. I am really having fun picking out the shading for the flowers in these blocks. I am finally cutting into hand dyed fabric that I have had for many years (before batiks were even in quilt stores). I also use printed shaded fabrics, large prints of flowers that are shaded and some batiks. I am not really fond of needleturning batiks but sometimes they are the only thing I can find that has the color and texture I am looking for. The butterflies are fun too. I am using mostly prints with metallics on them - some are Asian fabrics and some come from a Christmas line. Picking out the perfect fabric and fussy cutting to fit is probably my favorite part of applique but then again I do love to just sit and stitch once the block is all ready!