The last two large applique blocks for the bottom corners have been completed. I machine pieced the center. I then machine sewed the four fleur de lis shapes to the center unit. I pinned the entire piece to the background and appliqued around the edges with matching thread. I then hand appliqued the small oval pieces onto the block. Notice I fussy cut the fabric so a tiny deer is in the middle of each oval. I also cut the blue fabric so that the pattern lined up. I think that busy fabrics look more organized when they are cut with the patterns lining up. It's not necessary, but it does make a difference that I think is worth the extra effort.
I recycled two blocks for the center of this block. I had made quarter square triangles and accidently cut them too small. Don't be shocked, stuff like that happens around here all the time! So I have a little pile of blocks that didn't work out but didn't get tossed for this very reason. I was able to trim them to the size needed for this block then add the red and green fabrics. Again, I lined up the stripes in the green and the pattern in the red so that they would all be travelling the same direction in the finished block. It wasn't difficult, it just required laying out the pieces first to make sure they didn't get turned the wrong way.
And I made two of these blocks as well. Again, the stripes are travelling the same direction in the blue but the plaid in the black isn't large enough to worry about. How do I decide what needs lining up and what doesn't? It all depends on the mood I'm in and whether I think it will be noticable once its in the quilt. Itty bitty prints are pretty easy to ignore but stripes and bold patterns are more obvious in my opinion.
In case you're wondering, I'm still avoiding the last big star block. I do have less than 20 small blocks to applique now. All of the small pieced blocks are done. I know, I can't believe it either! Woohoo!!!
I'll share some photos of the sections once I get them together. Slow but steady progress is making me feel really good about this project.
Enjoy every stitch,