This is a WIP that I am appliqueing. I have been collecting and saving fabric for this for quite a few years. I really like this pattern. What you see here is four sections that are not sewn together. The tulips are actually vivid reds, pinks and orangey-yellow. My photographs don't reveal the true color.
Once I am done with the applique I still have a narrow border and another pieced border to add as shown in the pattern Tulip Wreath by Cheryl Wittmayer of Sew Be It.
As I was working on this (pre-applique) I photographed and played with the layout of my background fabrics until I was happy with them. But now, for some reason, I see the "dark" column standing out in the middle which I am not happy with. When I did my initial layouts it was in the winter in a different room, different lighting. Today, this picture was out on my sunny porch in daylight. What a difference the sunlight makes!
Also, the striped tulip petal is really bugging me and that didn't bother me before either. So, I may have to make some changes before I applique those portions down. Right now they are only glued down with spot glue holding them in place.
One good thing, though! I had started on my applique with this a few months ago and was thinking my stitches were absolutely horrendous. I had put it away thinking I am going to rip those out and start over. Today, when I got it out and put my glasses on, I thought, "Oh, those aren't as bad as I thought!" They certainly won't please the applique police - but hey, I'm not doing it for them - I doing this for me!! The stitches are staying. :P
Does the dark column and striped petal bug you? Would you take them out and do something different? Would be curious to know your thoughts and always appreciate your comments.
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Have a wonderful day and thanks for reading,