I took those photos a couple of weeks ago, back during a glorious day of sunshine. We've had so much rain since then it's hard to remember. The sun is back out again and I'm torn between wanting to take a walk and see some sights and doing some sewing, which I've been neglecting for ages.
I am, however, almost finished with the applique on my current project. I've done all the flowers now and some of the leaves. This is a picture of the underneath. I cut away the backing fabric because I can't stand to waste big chunks of fabric AND I hate hand quilting through any extra layer. I didn't cut any sewing machine seams though - I'm not sure what that would do, but I expect it wouldn't be good.
Thank you all for being so supportive about a class. I'm refining my idea so that it's workable and both experienced and beginning quilters can participate. I have decided to focus on free-piecing though - not applique.
Now when I say beginning though, I don't mean this would be your very first project and you've never used a sewing machine. No, that would be too hard on all of us. You need to have an idea of how quilts are constructed, can use a rotary cutter, sew a straight seam, and press blocks flat without stretching them way out of shape. The best way to know if you are ready for the class is to take a look at my letters tutorial on Quiltville. If that's overwhelming, then maybe this class won't be for you. If you think, "hey, I can do that and if my initial experiments don't turn out but I'll keep working at it," then you'd do great. Yes, I'll be available to answer questions and do my utmost to help, but we're still going to be constrained by the fact that I'm here and you're there.