I have been playing around with my Snowbirds batik project and finally decided on a pattern for the appliqué I wanted to include. Yay, I feel my appliqué mojo returning at last! This block is from a medallion quilt by Lori Smith. I knew I wanted something with birds and after spending several hours unsuccessfully trying to draw something myself I found a pattern in my stash. It wasn't quite what I thought I wanted but I actually quite like how it came together. Now for the indecision and adjusting. I always cut out and glue up my whole block before I start stitching so I am satisfied with the color placement before stitching. I then take a photograph of the block and look at that to make sure I don't see anything I am not happy with. Here is my first final version of the block.
I thought I was pleased with it until I looked at the photo. A lot of brown running in the center. Changing one piece helped with that but the photo revealed another issue.
Now because of that light color under the top flower it appears to be floating. I like the color but it is just not quite working for me, so I tried again.
Ok, I think I am happy with this version. The flower is now grounded but there is not too much brown. Much better to me. What do you think? Of course, I may end up changing it yet. Often my final test is posting it on my block for one final review!