It is pretty cute, right?
I snapped a photo of my block in-process:
I used Reynolds Freezer Paper to stabilize the vase for hand applique. I used Karen Kay Buckley's Perfect Circles to make my fussy-cut flowers. To make my applique easy, I used 100 weight applique thread, straw applique needles, and applique pins. For the embroidery, I used Tulip Embroidery needles and 12 weight embroidery thread. Every project is better when I use Karen Kay Buckley's "the most awesomest scissors ever", especially when I use them on April Rosenthal's Meadowbloom fabrics.
If you've never used Karen Kay Buckley's Perfect Circles, they are pretty neat-o. I selected a circle about 1/2" larger than the applique pattern, traced around it to fussy-cut my applique shape, and starched the fabric in the shape of the original size circle so I could applique it neatly:
I love my perfect circles and having fussy cut them all was super-fun!
If you want to see everyone else's block, click HERE for the gallery.
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