If you're a regular reader, then you know that for the past couple of months I've been listing Flowers of the Month. It's almost the end of September so figured I'd better get on to that pretty promptly. There are two flowers for September so depending on where you are in the world it may be aster or it may be morning glory. Both flowers I have made as blocks for my BOW flower collection.
I also made a large morning glory block for my BOM program Spring Life...
And a separate quilt pattern of morning glories too!
So since I have made fewer aster flowers, I thought I'd dedicate this month's flower to the aster.
I'm sure one of the first things you think of when you see this applique flower is "oh so many petals".... but my pattern simplifies this by cutting out each flower as a whole piece rather than individual petals. It's the stitching that divides up the petals as you can see in this close up.
The yellow stitching gives the center a nice realistic look too.
Of course, if you hand applique then you'd need to cut individual petals.... and did you know that all applique patterns can be adjusted so you can make them by hand? For example: for my aster design I could use the template to cut individual petals adding a small seam allowance around the edge. I'd most likely use one petal for all the petals and just adjust the areas to stitch where another petal overlaps.
So next time if you'd like to give hand applique a try, don't let a pattern hold you back just because it's written for a different method and if you want to learn how to hand applique, I can definitely recommend Nancy Chong's classes at academyofquilting.com
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