Having all the pieces prepped in advance certainly makes it seem like I'm a speedy appliquer. Remember, I have been working on this all of Dec, getting it all prepped with all the pieced backgrounds and bias vines and leaves. Then I had a week's vacation with my 78 yr old Dad in AZ. Not a lot of socializing was going on while I was there. The center block is 1/2 done, and a few blocks still need circles at the end of the vines or in the center of some flowers. The top center block is about 1/2 done so I'm thrilled with the progress I"m making on this piece.
I missed this one hiccup during the background piecing. Two 9 patches coming together that are exactly the same. Easy fix, I'll swap out from one side to the other. Give me a seam ripper and a few pins and it will be fixed in 1/2 an hour.
I belong to The Applique Society, aka TAS We meet at our LQS, Fabric Etc in Bellingham, WA the third Sat of each month. This is the best $25 I spend on quilting all year long. The group I belong to is bursting with talent and sharing and ideas and laughter, and we can bake quite the selection at Christmas time too.
Tomorrow is the 3rd Sat, you know where you can find me!