Recently I have been drawn to hand applique. I am not exactly sure why, except to say that my current knitting project is giving me fits. After putting the knitting project into a temporary time out, I needed a project that was portable. I decided to re-try hand applique. I took a hand applique class about 6 years ago. While I enjoyed the peacefulness of hand applique, it wasn't something I could easily tote around with smallish children. I chalked it up to experience and moved on. I have tried several forms of machine applique and while the results are certainly not ugly, they are not always pretty. Needless to say I have steered clear of applique projects for the most part, until just recently.
I started working on this applique for The Easy & Breezy quilt found in Spring/Summer 2010 Better Homes and Garden's Quilt Sampler. I had gathered the pieces together as a back up project for a car trip we took last summer. Since then the pieces have sat and gathered dust in my sewing space. With back to back soccer tournaments and a trip to Philadelphia planned I decided to pull it out.
The bright and bold fabrics were a delight to work with. I finished this up in just a couple of weeks. I noticed just yesterday that the basket is tilted to the right, ever so slightly. I decided to call it whimsical and leave it be.
I haven't decided what to do with this panel. I initially was going to make the entire quilt. The more I experiment with unplanned quilting the more I love it. I thought perhaps I could add some 4x4 blocks around the panel and make a table runner or even larger blocks for a smallish wall hanging.
I still need to pull out my embroidery floss and add eyes, beaks and feet to the birds. But for now its tucked away once again waiting for inspiration to strike.