Here are the two, the bigger one on the right is about 54 X 65 (estimate) and the other is a baby quilt. The back of the red & white chevrons is a block within a block, which was very fun. The back of the baby quilt was a cute childrens print my friend Kathy gave up when de-stashing and makes a great cheerful backing for a child to enjoy.
After I got back from the Grand Hotel, our Detroit Area Modern Quilt Guild (DAMQG), together with the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild (AAMQG) had a small applique class with Sarah Fielke at the Pink Castle Quilt Shop in Ann Arbor. It's always fun to spend time with your friends, maybe even learning something new! Or not.....
Hand applique is kind of nice. I also have a baby quilt in the works (not showing it here just yet) that has some hand appliqued circles going on it, and it is definitely fun to have that kind of hand work. I've used two different methods on those circles for applique. First: trace your circle on fabric, cut it out with added seam allowance, sew a basting stitch around, put your cardboard template on it and gently pull up til it gathers in & press. Second, also using a cardboard template but with a piece of aluminum foil. Put your circle drawn on fabric with seam allowance on to the foil, then your card board template. Fold the foil up snugly, press, then take out when it has cooled. I like both methods, and hand applique is then the best. So much easier to get a nice soft circle. If you press it again after removing the template, there are no nice soft folds to stich. Everything is hard & flat, and any points (bad!!) are then firm, so I don't press it again after either of these methods til it is appliqued down.
During the class at Pink Castle, I picked up my May Stash Stack (red), as well as doing some other shopping for the 'enhancement of my stash'. The new Anna Maria Horner line had just arrived, and was beautiful!!! Stashes need refreshing or they are old and stale. Don't let your stash get stale!!! That's my advice of the day. Stash enhancement is a good thing! Nothing to feel guilty about there!!