The next block in my folk-art Applique Heart quilt is completed. I wasn't sure how I was going to finish this block. I started by applying the heart outline, which proved simple when appliqueing the outside, then cutting away the inside of the heart as I appliqued. My first Broderie Perse block, shown here in my Broderie Perse & Celtic Hearts blog post, was put together in a different manner and I won't even tell you how I did it, since I won't do it that way again. This time, however, the outcome was much improved.
Then I chose my motifs, but my fabric choice didn't have large designs. The heart is small, so having a motif that is too large wouldn't work anyway. This made stitching the piece to the background challenging, to say the least. I did not want to applique any of the other motifs from the fabric, so I began looking at other fabrics. Nothing I tried looked right. Then, I had the idea to add wool penny circles with a blanket stitch, which made me think of placing circles of flowers from the fabric onto the center of the penny circle. I used freezer paper to cut out the flowers and basted the seam around the freezer paper edge, like doing English paper piecing. Appliqueing the circles to the wool was a cinch. This is now my favorite block in the series. Although, I have decided I really do not like the broderie perse technique so well.
I have started the next block in the series for the Applique Club. It is a Pa ndau snailhouse design. This stitchery style is from the Hmong of Laos and is done in reverse applique. I have already put together both blocks, the traditional applique and the folk-art design. I am finding the stitching enjoyable, although challenging, at places in the design. Pictures will be forthcoming, as I complete the blocks. Stay tuned!