I love nothing better than arranging flowers in a vase. Well, that might be a slight overstatement, but it certainly does give me a lot of pleasure. So when the time came to make the final block of my China Shop quilt, I knew it was going to be just like playtime. After fussy-cutting the largest fabric flowers I could find in my stash I played for ages placing them in their vase until I was happy with the arrangement.
When I was satisfied (although I could have kept playing for hours) I dabbed a little bit of glue behind each flower to keep it in place and then started to free motion stitch them down. I have never done raw edge appliqué before, mainly because being the neat freak I am, I can never get my head around all those frayed edges and loose threads.
The latest issue of Homespun magazine has all the instructions for putting this huge quilt together. After almost 12 months work, I am really hoping it all comes together without any problems.
There is one thing I will say for this quilt, it has forced me to try many new techniques which I might otherwise not have attempted.