Here is a blurry close-up photo.
There is a design in the center of the block but I won't trim that until I have the outside applique completed. I'm afraid the raw edges would fray too much.
I know this sounds complicated but it really isn't, it is just time consuming. I can't do freezer paper on the back of the design, too many problems removing it because of all the small protrusions.
Some people will cut slits in their background fabric under the applique to remove the freezer paper. I won't do that. We've all seen old antique quilts with the applique worn off. If there are slits in the back when the applique wears off, that quilt is ruined.
I've tried freezer paper on the top of my design, but it never stays attached.
Some people mark the top of the fabric with the design, baste to the background fabric, then needle turn. That is fine too, whatever works.
Two sides completed.
The four sides completed.
Inside star is appliqued. This was the hardest part to applique on this block. Not the best of applique, but I got her done!
Back side of the block. Since I used red thread, you can see how it lines up with the black pen. I don't always stay on the line, but I'm normally pretty close.
All pressed and looking pretty for the camera.
What's next? I'm going to take a vacation from applique and quilt my little snowman wallhanging.
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