To Applique or Not to Applique, that is the question.... So, I needed to decide on what to do with the plain jane squares. Applique is always nice. But this can't be just any applique. The pattern has got to be bold enough to hold its own with the powerful colors and graphic nature of this piece. And here my work bogged down. I cut a bunch of 9" squares of freezer paper, and sketched a bunch of different designs. After close examination, I thought that the outstretched fans look a little like maple leaves, so I tried drawing a large one. I didn't like it at all. I tried stylized trees, then I tried an old abstract traditional-looking friend, and even drafted a swirly heart with flowers and feathers design. None were quite right. So back to my design consultant husband. He liked the leaf I'd drawn, but I just didn't like it at all. Then I consulted my friend and great quilt photographer Stephanie. She REALLY liked the leaf idea, too. But I still didn't.
Beth Ferrier's blog for great instructions using the technique.) With all the leaves taking shape, Star Crystal may need a new name. Leaf Crystal? Leaves for All Seasons? Any suggestions out there? Tomorrow, I'll share the process I use for appliqueing the pieces to the squares and the applique stitch I'm using for this piece, and show you how I am finishing my leaves. Questions? Leave a comment here, on on my website. *P.S. Don't forget the special introductory reduced price for advance purchase of my new book String Quilts: 10 Fun Patterns for Innovating and Renovating. Check it out!