I have spend this last week perfecting my appliqué skills. Things are going well. I have found Floriani Stitch N Wash to be the solution to my woes when it comes to turning the edges under on appliqué pieces.
My first two completed blooms, leaf, and bias vine look great. Vines have never been an issue for me. I use the Clover bias tools for the bias vines. On to the next bloom. I am very pleased with all those nice curved edges. Every once in a while I spy a bit of a not quite rounded area, but I have come to the decision that not everything will be absolutely perfect. Also if one steps back just a foot or two your minor flaws seem to disappear. This one will have to extend out into the border, so this week time to get that border on to work on it. So it is on to adding a border, the last two flowers and adding lots of leaves. I think I might just have managed to get some new skills down with this project.A new surprise addition to the clan! Normally my daughter gathers eggs up daily to avoid any surprise additions to her 20 plus chicken families. However, some how this hen slipped one in this past week. This particular hen has been escaping from the large fenced in pen and hiding eggs under various bushes and trees in the yard. My daughter thought she had found all her hiding places but somehow missed this one, only to discover this little chick strolling out with mother this past week.